The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is on tour again, and making a stop at Denver’s Sie FilmCenter on January 26th! The evening will include award-winning environmental and outdoor adventure films from around that 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.
A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Rocky Mountain Wild!
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, including actions you can take to #StandWithGunny!
When: Thursday, January 26, 2016, 7 pm, with an opening reception from 5:30-7 pm
Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Ave, Denver, CO
Get your tickets!
Tickets are $14 for DFS members, $15 for non-members. Get your tickets online from Denver Film Society ahead of time as we do sell out!
We are seeking sponsorship, volunteers, donations of raffle prizes and silent auction packages for the event, and non-profits with direct actions that can be taken on the day. To get involved, email Chris Talbot-Heindl.
If you would like to help us advertise the event, feel free to download a copy of our poster and place them around town!
Three Lions Tavern has graciously offered to host an after-party with drink specials to ticket holders!
When: After the last film ends.
Where: 2239 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206.
||An Education, A Father-Daughter Trip of Discovery
Mike Libecki, Mike Schirf, Fitz Cahall
National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki tackles his 58th expedition with his 11 year old daughter, Liliana, for her first skiing expedition to Antarctica. Neither had any idea of the magic, power, and beauty they would encounter that would change their lives forever. (US/Antarctica, 2014, 9 min)
||Avaatara: The First Route Out
Red Bull ASP in association with Novus Select
“If you travel roads that have already been discovered, you are basically always just following. But if you go somewhere where no one’s ever been and do something no one’s ever done, you’re on the lead and’s one thing that I really like.” David Lama’s guiding philosophy has already taken him to the most impressive mountain ranges of the world and, more recently, to the Baartara gorge in Lebanon. A surreal “Avatar’-like landscape, unexploited and untouched. (Lebanon, 2015, 6 min)
||Faith Against Fracking
David Braun, Jessica Wohlander, Diana Mayoral, Bunker Seyfert, Tyler Burdenski
This inspirational documentary explores the moral imperative to protect communities, the climate, and our planet from extreme fossil fuel extraction practices like fracking. Prominent faith leaders and community members cite the Pope’s Encyclical and other religious texts, highlighting the global call to take action as a critical moment in history when so much is at stake. (US, 2015, 20 min)
Andy Mayser, Hayden Peters
National Geographic wildlife photographer Joe Riis reminds us that even those who have achieved it all still face many of the struggles that we all do. Joe celebrates how a man’s love for the wilderness has helped to further curiosity, respect, and protection for the natural world around us. Best Cinematography, DC Adventure FF. (US, 2015, 7 min)
||Last Chance to Dance
Erica Prather, Laura Kottlowski, Tom Varani, Kevin Larkin, Liam Bortolozzo
The Gunnison sage-grouse is a threatened species in the American West. Featuring an artist collaboration of Denver artists as well as international guests, this short, quirky piece about the sage-grouse and the need for conservation of its habitat highlights the love and commitment of the arts community to tell a story that will make you laugh, inspire, inform, dream.(US, 2016, 4 min)
Justin Bogardus, Jed Lazar, Joe Victorine
This award-winning comedy series is about a struggle affecting many of us today. Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a healthy dose of laughs and the outdoors – two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason. Best Intl Short, Planet in Focus FF; Best Short, Colorado Enviro FF; Audience Award Best Short Short, SXSW Films for the Forest; Best Very Short, Earth Part FF. (US, 2014, 1 min, adult language)
||Our Canyon Lands
Home to a vibrant array of native American cultures, intact archaeological sites and some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, the Canyon Lands of Utah have become the playground of adventurous souls who love and appreciate the wonder of wild places. It has also become the target of greedy industrialists, who threaten to turn our treasured parks into islands, our canyons into roaring hydrocarbon highways, and our rivers into endangered arteries among vast swaths of oil and gas development, uranium and potash mining bordering Canyonlands National Park. (US, 2015, 34 min)
||To Slow Down and Breathe
“I went for a walk…and found going out was going in,” once said a hairy Scotsman. The beauty of slacklining is that it can be as introspective as it is explorative. When we’re not moving to run away from our selves, going out in to the wild places of this world can be a movement into our own souls. (US, 2014, 3 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!
Confirmed participating organizations include:
100 Women for the Wild (sponsor)
Boulder Bear Coalition
Clean Energy Action
Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media (sponsor)
Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (sponsor)
Colorado Wilderness Rides & Guides (sponsor)
Conservation Colorado (sponsor)
Denver Zoo (sponsor)
People and Pollinators Action Network
Rocky Mountain Wolf Project
The Wilderness Society (sponsor)
Check out our WSFF Sponsor Packet and email Chris if you’d like to join as a sponsor of this event or sign up online!
Thank you to our current sponsors:
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Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media
Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association
The Wilderness Society
Fire on the Mountain
Six Dog T-Shirt Co
Silent Auction Donors
Colorado Wilderness Rides & Guides
Kicking Horse Coffee
LUSH – Cherry Creek
Movement Climbing and Fitness
Shells and Sauce
The Wizard’s Chest