By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, January 17, 2019
Next Thursday, Rocky Mountain Wild is bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to the Mayan Theatre in Denver, CO for an evening of environmental films, activism, and fun.
For those of you who have never been, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a film festival unlike any other. It was created by activists for activists, showing films that illustrate challenges our planet is currently facing as well as work that communities and individuals are doing to protect the environment. It seeks to highlight actions we can all do to be responsible stewards of the planet.
A few years ago, Rocky Mountain Wild sought to up the ante and include actual activism in the evening’s events! So, we created the Citizen’s Action Hub – an area of the theatre where local environmental non-profits had timely direct actions for festival attendees to take on the spot!
The Citizen’s Action Hub will start at 5:30 during the reception and continue until film time at 7 pm, as well as during intermission, so there will be time to take part in all direct actions should you wish to. This year’s confirmed non-profits include: Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Colorado, Defenders of Wildlife, Denver Zoo, National Parks Conservation Association, People and Pollinators Action Network, The Wilderness Society, Wild Connections, and WildEarth Guardians.
This year, we are also featuring a locally-made film, “Sacred Strides.” Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears – and to send a message of unity. This film brings that dialogue to the big screen.
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, the environment, and the power of direct action, as we make our world a green place.
Tickets are $15 plus applicable fees. A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Rocky Mountain Wild.
A huge thank you to our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible:
Defenders of Wildlife
Fall Into Place Organizing
National Parks Conservation Association
People and Pollinators Action Network
Women of Denver