Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan 25

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is on tour again, and making a stop at Denver’s Sie FilmCenter on January 25! The evening will include award-winning environmental and outdoor adventure films from around the world 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.

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

The films start promptly at 7 pm, but before that, join us for an opening reception from 5:30-7 pm. During the reception, you can speak with some of the filmmakers, and take part in direct actions in our Citizens Action Hub! The Hub will feature a myriad of direct actions you can take from local non-profits.

Also this year, the Hub will feature a listening booth where you can listen to finished segments of the Wild I-70 Audio Tour project – a new educational project from Rocky Mountain Wild. The Wild I-70 Audio Tour introduces listeners to the wildlife and environments beyond their windshield. Quirky stories, unusual facts, and science help explain how lynx, wolves, humans, and more use this important movement corridor.

When: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7 pm, with an opening reception from 5:30-7 pm
Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

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The Films

The full list of films (in alphabetical order):

A Ghost in the Making A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee
Neil Losin, Morgan Heim, Clay Bolt, Nate Dappen
Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species, the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, has become his white whale. (2016, 19 min.)
Canis Lupus Colorado Canis Lupus Colorado
Grizzly Creek Films
Ghosts are stirring in Colorado’s high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals – the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population. (2017, 19 min.)
China: A Skier's Journey China: A Skier’s Journey
Jordan Manley, Narrows Media
Skiing as sport is in its infancy in China, a phenomenon of the country’s exploding middle class. As a means of survival, however, it is thousands of years old, a stone age hunter-gatherer technology born in the Altai mountains where China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia merge. On a vast trajectory that spans 11,000 km of Northern China, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots touch down into the rich past and dizzying future of these two respective Chinese ski cultures. As one rapidly expands, they find the other is at risk of disappearing. (2016, 17 min.)
Destiny's Bay Destiny’s Bay
Tom Dusenbery, Jim Iacona, Quinn Costello, Robin Mortarotti, Todd Miro
Destiny Watford organized her community to prevent construction of the nation’s largest incinerator in a Baltimore neighborhood less than one mile from her high school–and won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in 2016. (2016, 5 min.)
Operation Moffat Operation Moffat
Jen Randall, Claire Carter
Take inspiration and wit from the colorful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide, Gwen Moffat. Writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall scramble, swim and barefoot climb through Gwen’s most cherished British landscapes, grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security, wilderness over tick lists. This is a film deeply rooted in a real love of wild places. (2015, 20 min.)
The Refuge The Refuge
Alex Jablonski, Kahlil Hudson
For hundreds of generations, the Gwich’in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. With their traditional culture now threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two Gwich’in women are continuing a decades-long fight to protect their land and future. (2016, 16 min.)

Citizens Action Hub

The Citizens Action Hub will feature direct actions that attendees can take on the spot to make real change in Colorado and beyond! If you are an organization with a current action and are interested in being part of The Citizens Action Hub, email Chris at chris@rockymountainwild.org with details of your action.

Current confirmed Hub tablers include:

Center for Biological Diversity – send comments to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department opposing trophy hunting of grizzly bears
Defenders of Wildlife – postcards to support a wolf awareness week proclamation for 2018
Denver Zoo – volunteer for the Pika Patrol and Colorado Corridor projects
People and Pollinators Action Network
– sign a Pollinator Promise, committing to planting pollinator friendly flowers and not spraying pesticides on your properties; volunteer as a Pollinator Safe Neighborhood Coordinator to spread the message of safe pollinator-friendly habitat for Denver
Rocky Mountain Wolf Project – sign your support for wolves
The Wilderness Society – an action to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Wild Connections – an action to protect the spectacular Wildcat Canyon from illegal motorized use
Wildlife Protection Solutions – check out a virtual reality view of wildlife


Rocky Mountain Wild would like to invite you to show your wild side by sponsoring the film festival and Citizens Action Hub. Download the complete RMW 2018 events Sponsorship packet and contact Erica at erica@rockymountainwild.org to reserve your sponsorship!

Current sponsors include:

Gear Junkie

Defenders of Widlife Patagonia  Rover.com The Wilderness Society

Center for Biological Diversity
Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media
Colorado Renewable Energy Society
Denver Zoo
People and Pollinators Action Network
Rocky Mountain Wolf Project
Wild Connections
Wildlife Protection Solutions

Silent Auction Donors

This event also features an environmental silent auction! If you have items to donate please contact Erica at erica@rockymountainwild.org with the item you’d like to donate, the retail value, and a picture and/or logo you’d like us to use for promotion on our social media outlets! Current silent auction donors include:

Aron Ralston
Associates III Interior Design
Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Boulder Rock Club
Comedy Works
Denver Bouldering Club
Denver Zoo
Epic Promise
Icebox Knitting
Joel Sartore
Phunkshun Wear
Polar Bottle
The Little Piney Glass Shop
The Uber Sausage
Vail Resorts
Zeal Optics