2023 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Online Program

Banner has an illustration of a forested area and a wetland area. The forested area has trees and a fox. The wetland area has a river and some fish. At the top is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival logo and tag line "where activism gets inspired." In the middle, text says "November 9. Showings at The Bug Theatre in Denver & Online"

In-Person Schedule

6:30 pm — Doors open with an opening reception. Visit the Rocky Mountain Wild booth for the opportunity to join the raffle, adopt a plush pika, bat, or prairie dog, or to talk to Rocky Mountain Wild staff about projects we’re working on!

7:00 pm — Land Acknowledgment, Introduction, and the First Half of Films

8:00 pm — Intermission

8:10 pm — Second Half Starts

9:30 pm — Films End

10:00 pm — The Bug Theatre Closes

We are on Indigenous Land

If you are attending the in-person event, we are gathering on the occupied, stolen, and unceded ancestral and traditional lands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Ute Nations, as well as 48 other nations that occupied this land in the last 500 years.

If you are attending this event virtually, you can see whose land you are gathering on at native-land.ca.

Visit the Community Action Hub for ways your can support Indigenous communities today!

The Community Action Hub

This film festival was made by activists for activists. In that spirit, Rocky Mountain Wild has collected different direct actions from local nonprofits in our online Community Action Hub. Be sure to check out the Hub and take all of the direct actions there to make the world a greener place!

Wild & Scenic Raffle

As part of this fundraiser, we are hosting a raffle! Tickets are 1 for $3 or 10 for $25. You can register for the raffle here or at the Rocky Mountain Wild table during the opening reception and intermission.

Prizes you could win include: a plush prairie dog adoption from Rocky Mountain Wild, a custom illustration by our very own Chris Talbot-Heindl, a Peak Design Everyday Sling, an exclusive Rocky Mountain Wild embroidered tee shirt from Zusa, a 3-in-1 Splash Lunchbox from EcoLunchbox, a Bento Canister from EcoLunchbox, and more!

Wild & Scenic Online Auction

As part of this fundraiser, we are also hosting an online auction! Items have been donated by generous local businesses as well as businesses that have made a commitment to sustainability. Be sure to bid often and generously before the auction closes!

The First Half

The first half include films about being in right relationship with the land and wildlife.

Bring the Salmon Home

Bring the Salmon Home captures the emotions, courage, and determination of Klamath River tribal communities as they host a 300+ mile run from ocean to headwaters to cultivate support for the most prominent river restoration project in history.

Sceenshot from Bring the Salmon Home showing a group of Indigenous people with a sign that says "Un-dam the Klamath now!"
A film still from "Motus Avium: A Mission to Save California's Last Wetlands" showing two people untangling a bird from a net.

Motus Avium: A Mission to Save California’s Last Wetlands

California’s wetlands have all but disappeared. But not all hope is lost. A coalition of scientists, farmers, conservationists and public agencies have come together to help restore vital wetlands throughout the state’s Central Valley. Motus Avium: A Mission to Save California’s Last Wetlands reveals how this group is finding unique ways to help support native and migratory birds.

True Wild

Val Asher is one of the world’s most knowledgeable biologists on wolf behavior. Having spent more than 20 years working with wolves – and more than 10 on Ted Turner’s Flying D ranch in Montana – her wisdom and insights are invaluable in demystifying one of North America’s most elusive animals.

CW: Mild, one time swearing and images of dead animals.

A film still from the film "True Wild" showing a wolf looking toward the right


Don’t forget to visit the Rocky Mountain Wild table during intermission!

The Second Half

The second half includes films about being in right relationship with each other.

A film still showing surf boards in the foreground and a group of BIPOC youth and their teacher in the background

Black Like Plastic—Nature, Culture, and People

Black Like Plastic highlights some of the inequities in the Black community concerning the environment. Locally produced and created, the story is shot on California’s Central Coast. Chris Ragland, the founder of The Sea League, narrates the film, bringing to light the connection between access, outdoor recreation, and advocacy. Featured in the film are youth, parents, and environmental advocates.

Miles to Go

In 2022 alone, there have been over 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills proposed in various states across the country. Refusing to sit idly by, trans trail runner Perry Cohen formed a team of fellow runners, who identify as trans men, with an aim to compete in trail races in states proposing and passing hateful legislation. Miles to Go follows their journey into the world of trail running and the freedom to be themselves on the trail.

Film still from "Miles to Go" depicting two trans men trail runners running across rocks
Film still from "Elevated" showing an upclose shot of Deaf climber Sonya Wilson putting on her helmet


In an effort to make the outdoor and rock climbing industry more inclusive, Deaf climber Sonya Wilson shares her testimony in overcoming barriers and gaining acceptance while hosting climbing retreats with both hearing and Deaf outdoor enthusiasts. Through the trials and traumas of her childhood, Wilson has become elevated — embodying the belief that being Deaf is a gift that does not make you less than.

Rockies Repeat

Rockies Repeat grapples with the cultural impacts of climate change in the Canadian Rockies. The film follows a team of Indigenous and settler artists as they trek into the mountains to reinterpret the work of early Banff painter, Catharine Whyte a century later. Their journey is a heartbreaking meditation on a shifting sense of place in a rapidly changing climate.

A film still of someone sketching on a piece of wood in the outdoors


A huge thank you to our sponsors who made this event possible!

Center for Biological Diversity logo
Denver Zoo horizontal logo
Endangered Species Coalition
Environmental Learning for Kids logo
Fire on the Mountain logo
Grappa Fine Wine & Spirits logo
Griffiths Law logo
Hogan Omidi, PC logo
Inclusive Guide logo
Manning Law logo
Master of Conservation Leadership logo
Next 100 Colorado logo
People and Pollinators Action Network
Rocky Mountain Wolf Project logo
Spirit of the Sun logo
Wealth Management Associates Logo
Western Slope Conservation Center logo
Wild Connections logo
YellowDog Printing Logo

Individual Sponsors

Brendan Walsh
Britt Hinnen and Patricia Foley-Hinnen
Connor Liu
Geri and Meyer Saltzman

Thank you, Tehri!

A huge thank you to our former Executive Director, Tehri Parker, who retired during the height of the pandemic and never got the public send-off she deserved. We want to recognize her 10 years of leadership at Rocky Mountain Wild.

Learn all about what Rocky Mountain Wild was able to accomplish under her leadership at the bottom below!