An Activist Playground: Wild & Scenic Film Festival

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW) is gearing up to host the Denver stop of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) next Thursday at Sie FilmCenter!

On Sunday, in an interview with 303 Magazine about the event, I was asked why RMW partners with the WSFF to bring the films to Denver each year. RMW saw the partnership as an opportunity to bring films that would motivate and inspire our members toward actions they could take to keep the Rocky Mountains as wild as possible. It event is also an opportunity to gather like-minded individuals together – those who enjoy the rich environment we have in Colorado and who are determined to protect that environment for future generations – to meet, network, and support each other in their individual efforts.

Last year, we added an element to the event that made it even easier for those like-minded individuals to support the species, places, and causes they care about, The Citizens Action Hub, and we plan to do it again this year. The Hub will feature a myriad of direct actions that attendees can take from local non-profits to effect change in the area. We’re still in contact with groups that may attend, but so far we have confirmed actions from Boulder Bear Coalition, Clean Energy Action, Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, and our organization’s #StandWithGunny project.

For those who have not yet heard, our #StandWithGunny project is an effort to protect Gunnison sage-grouse critical habitat to ensure their survival. The project includes a postcard drive, petitions, coloring book pages, and #StandWithGunny selfies to show the Bureau of Land Management that protecting critical habitat is important to Coloradans.

The WSFF stop in Denver will include a local film made by an artist collective aimed to inspire action to #StandWithGunny. Local artist, Erica Prather, has concocted a quirky film about the Gunnison sage-grouse, the need to protect its habitat, and an artist community that was inspired to tell the grouse’s story. After the showing, Erica will do a short Q&A, and she will be available at the #StandWithGunny table in The Citizens Action Hub for additional questions and to help you take action to #StandWithGunny.

The event could not have happened without the generosity of our local sponsors, some of who will be on site in the Hub as well. We’d like to thank Patagonia-Denver, 100 Women for the Wild, Colorado Wilderness Rides & Guides, AlphaGraphics, Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, Denver Zoo, Fire on the Mountain, Futuristic Films, and Six Dog T-Shirt Co for sponsoring this event!

We would also like to thank Three Lions Tavern for graciously offering to host an after-party with drink specials to ticket holders! Continue your networking and talk with RMW staff after the event at the after party.

Tickets are $14 for Denver Film Society members and $15 for non-members. Tickets do sell out on the day, so be sure to get yours ahead of time. A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Rocky Mountain Wild.


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