By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager
Rocky Mountain Wild is excited to host the Denver stop of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival again this year on January 26 at Sie FilmCenter!
So, what is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival anyway? The South Yuba River Citizens League, a watershed advocacy group based in the Sierra foothills of Northern California, started the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2003, and was created as a call to action. The films shown at the Festival illustrate challenges our planet is current facing, but also the work that communities are doing to protect the environment – and seeks to highlight actions we can all take to be responsible stewards of the earth. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of achieving Wild & Scenic status on 39 miles of the South Yuba River.
This year, Rocky Mountain Wild has picked seven films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to show, as well as a film created by a local artist collective entitled “Last Chance to Dance” about the current plight of Gunnison sage-grouse in Colorado.
Each year, the Festival dazzles attendees with the rich and beautiful visual stories, and inspires them toward activism. In that spirit, Rocky Mountain Wild has included a reception where attendees can take direct action before the films start as well as during intermission. Local non-profits will bring their direct actions for attendees to take part in on the spot in the Citizens Action Hub. So far, we have confirmed actions from 100 Women for the Wild, Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, Wild Connections, as well as our current action for Gunnison sage-grouse. We hope to bring in many more actions before the event.
The opening reception starts at 5:30 pm; the films start promptly at 7 pm. We hope you will join us in celebrating the filmmakers, their stories, and by taking direct action to make our world a more green one!
Tickets are $14 for DFS members, $15 for non-members. A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Rocky Mountain Wild.