Virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, November 4

Wild & Scenic Film Festival banner with this year's artwork

Rocky Mountain Wild is excited to be bringing The Wild & Scenic Film Festival to a screen in your own home! Live stream the festival with whoever you are staying safe at home with and live chat with our staff and others attending the festival.

The evening will include the same award-winning environmental films you’ve come to expect, that have been selected not only for their great visual stories, but also to inspire and motivate us to continue the cause to keep the Rocky Mountains wild.

This film festival is made by activists for activists and sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

When: November 4, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 pm with a reception starting at 6:00 pm
Where: Online
Share: Coming soon
Tickets: Coming soon

We understand that a lot of families have been hit hard by the coronavirus and unemployment. While this event is replacing our largest fundraiser of the year, it is our goal that everyone who wants to attend the festival can, regardless of current financial situation. If you have been affected and would like to attend the film festival, please contact Chris at chris@rockymountainwild.org to arrange for a complimentary ticket.

Make it Dinner and Some Movies

For our local viewers, we are offering the option to make it Dinner and Some Movies! Wulf Down Co is making some delicious vegan Black Bean Bowl box dinners for two!

These meals include white rice, black beans, walnut chorizo, cilantro, onion, bread, sweet plantain, with their delicious homemade mojito sauce on the side.

We will have pickup sites in Denver and Boulder. More details coming soon.

More about Wulf Down Co’s Tania: “I’m just your average proud Puerto Rican who loves to keep the ones she loves fed and happy. Raised in a family restaurant is where it all began. Food started to look different from that point on, mixed with a love for hosting and entertaining, always focusing on delicious flavors in some way.”

Wulf Down Co offers catering, dinners to go, private cooking classes, and delicious homemade mojito and BBQ sauces. Learn more at Wulf Down Co.

Collage of dishes prepared by Wulf Down Co
Collage of dishes from Wulf Down Co
Wulf Down Co logo
Wulf Down Co logo
Photo of Tania, owner of Wulf Down Co
Tania, owner of Wulf Down Co

Wild & Scenic Days of Action

For years, we’ve paired the Wild & Scenic Film Festival with our Community Action Hub. The Community Action Hub featured direct actions that attendees could take during the live event to make a real difference in Colorado and beyond.

Last year, due to the pandemic, we offered the Community Action Hub as a Zoom event online. There were five actions to take, which, unfortunately, meant that our sponsors had mere minutes to talk about their actions.

This year, to create spaciousness for our sponsors to share their action, its importance, and answer attendees’ questions, we will be holding a series of lunch and learns during the week before the film festival!

More details coming soon.

Wild & Scenic Auction

As part of the fundraiser, we are hosting an online auction! More information on how to see all the items and register to bid, coming soon.

Auction items donated by businesses that have made a commitment to sustainability (through 1% for the Planet member, Climate Neutral Certification, The Conservation Alliance, Certifiably Green Denver, Good Food 100 Restaurants, and/or Green America Certification) are indicated with a 🐾.

Auction items have been donated by these incredibly generous businesses:

The Films

Here are the films we will be screening (in alphabetical order):

Film still from American Ocelot

American Ocelot
Ben Masters, Katy Baldock, Shannon Vandivier

This is the story of one of the most endangered and beautiful wild cats in the United States. With fewer than 100 remaining in the US, the ocelot is genetically isolated and only exists in Texas. With many factors acting against them, there is still hope for their survival… if opposing parties can come to an agreement on their management methods. (33 min)

Film still from Dear Mother Nature

Dear Mother Nature
Tim Kressin, Wyn Wiley, Davis Goslin, Jenny Dugan, Dayna Turnblom, Mitchell Overton

Wyn Wiley (he/him), aka Pattie Gonia (she/her), has made waves over the past year as an environmental advocate drag queen. We follow Wyn as he travels to Hawaii to see first-hand the impacts of careless consumption and plastics on Mother Nature. Wyn meets with scientists, non-profit leaders, volunteers, then rallies the Pattie community to lead a beach clean-up. Ultimately, Wyn partners with sustainable fashion designer, Angela Luna, to create three dresses that personify the plastics crisis. (30 min)

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Film still from Feathers in Flight: The Bird Genoscape Project

Feathers In Flight: The Bird Genoscape Project
Neil Losin

Biologist Mary Whitfield of the Southern Sierra Research Station has spent two decades studying one of North America’s rarest birds: the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. At her research sites in California’s Kern River Valley, populations have dwindled to just a few pairs. Saving these birds is a challenge because they migrate south to Latin America in the winter and surprisingly, not much is known about their migratory route… or the migratory movements of many North America’s most familiar birds. If we don’t know where migratory birds spend the winter or how they get there, how can we protect them?

To help her precious flycatchers, Mary has joined a cutting-edge effort called the Bird Genoscape Project (BGP). Led by Kristen Ruegg and Tom Smith, the BGP gathers data on birds’ genomes from individual feathers, allowing the researchers to connect breeding and wintering populations of the same species and provide critical information to conservationists and managers. Just as importantly, the project brings together researchers from all over the Americas in an effort to protect the birds that tie the Western Hemisphere together. (15 min)

Watch the trailer on Vimeo.

Film still of the film "If We Take Care of the Land and Water, It Takes Care of Us"

If We Take Care of the Land and Water, It Takes Care of Us
Colorado Open Land, Alyssa Acosta, Chlorofil.biz

Young Fina lives in San Luis, Colorado, one of the state’s oldest towns. Her family and community keep an historic tradition of equitable distribution of water. She shares how maintaining that practice into modern times sustains the spirit of community and the strength of generational farms and ranches. (4 min)

Film still from Pedal Through

Pedal Through
Aly Nicklas, Analise Cleopatra

In Pedal Through, you are invited into the world of director-lead Analise Cleopatra as she discovers the healing and joy of mountain biking. Analise had never camped or ridden a bike off the pavement when she decided to plan a week-long mountain biking adventure with an all-Black female team: her best friend and fellow newcomer to the sport, Day Toliver, and professional mountain biker Brooklyn Bell. Together, they traverse the Oregon backcountry on an adventure full of exploration, curiosity, waterfalls, old-growth forest, sparkling starscapes, and deep healing. With raw authenticity, Analise shares all the intimate foibles, fear, fun, and beauty of discovering her place in the outdoors. The landscape opens to greet her as she learns to lean into uncertainty, accept support, and trust herself on this wild ride. (14 min)

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Sponsors

Rocky Mountain Wild would like to invite you to show your wild side by sponsoring the film festival and Wild & Scenic Days of Action. Check out our sponsorship packet to see how you can get involved in the events. Contact Chris at chris@rockymountainwild.org to reserve your sponsorship!

A huge thank you to our sponsors:

Center for Biological Diversity
Colorado CarShare logo
The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media
Defenders of Widlife
Denver Zoo logo
eco-officiency logo
Endangered Species Coalition
HomeLight logo
Rewildology logo
Wild Connections
Britt & Patricia Foley Hinnen
Geri & Meyer Saltzman