Join us, October 22, for visual stories for activists by activists

By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, October 1, 2020

Mi Mamá

I can’t emphasize enough how much I love the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. If you asked my spouse, Dana, he’d probably tell you that I spend the day practically vibrating around the apartment, making up little impromptu songs and interpretive dances about the actions we’re going to take and the films we’re going to watch. No joke.

It doesn’t matter that I’ve already seen the films multiple times (because I hand-picked most of them) the Festival has an energy unlike any other. It’s an event that focuses not just on the problems that need solving, but also the devoted people solving those problems, and opportunities to take part and be part of that change!

For those of you have never been, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a film festival unlike any other. It was created by activists for activists. For the last five years, we’ve included actual activism in the evening’s events.

And just because we’re hosting the event virtually doesn’t mean we’re going to stop doing just that. If you would like to participate in the Citizen’s Action Hub – a Zoom meeting prior to the films where local environmental nonprofits and organizations will present direct actions you can take on the spot (or shortly thereafter), be sure to register here.

To get you as excited as I am about this event (or as close to doing impromptu songs and dances as possible), here are some highlights of films we’ll be screening during the online event this year.

This year, one our themes is legacy. What legacies have been left for others? What legacy will we leave? What will seven generations from now have because we took action today? Here are three films that I’d like to share regarding legacy:

Mi Mamá follows Nadia Mercado and her mother, Clariza Valdez, as they go back to Arches National Park in Moab to experience the natural space together. Clariza is an immigrant from the island of Quisqueya (now colonized and divided into the Dominican Republic and Haiti). She came to the United States and was a housekeeper for an American family and travelled with them, experiencing national parks. Clariza raised Nadia in the outdoors. The two share an especially sweet moment at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy, Credit: Brian Lewis

In Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy, two outdoorsy parents set out to retrace the route of an old adventure, but this time, with their two-year-old, Kaiya, in tow! With an endless supply of fruit snacks, plenty of extra underwear and a pile of old photographs, they embark on the journey, hoping to instill in their child a love of the outdoors and inspire her to care about the wild places and to protect them.

In the film Where Life Begins, Erika Tizya-Tramm, a first-time mom and a member of the Gwich’in community, explores how the sacred moments between mother and child requires peace and space. Something that would be ripped away from the community and from calving caribou should oil and drilling occur in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Before the end of the year, the Trump administration plans to lease the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge for oil and gas development. The resulting traffic, noise, and construction would threaten the Porcupine caribou herd that migrates to the coastal plain of the refuge to calf each spring. It owuld also hurt the Gwich’in people who have built their communities on the migration path of the caribou. Watch the trailer below:

For more information on the films we’ll be screening, visit our event webpage.

And be sure to get your tickets to reserve your spot!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors who made this event possible: