Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan 24

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is on tour again, and will be making a stop in Denver! But this year, we will be at the Mayan Theatre, which means we have twice as many seats! 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.

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.

The films start promptly at 7 pm, but before that, join us for an opening reception, starting at 5:30 pm. During the reception, you can speak with the filmmakers of our local film, Sacred Strides, 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.

When: Thursday, January 24, 2018, 7 pm, with an opening reception starting at 5:30 pm
Where: Mayan Theater, 110 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Tickets: Tickets are $15. Get yours today!

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

Current sponsors include:

Be Hippy Center for Biological Diversity The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media The Wilderness Society

Colorado EcoWomen
Conservation Colorado
Defenders of Wildlife
Denver Zoo
Fall Into Place Organizing
National Parks Conservation Association
People and Pollinators Action Network
Wild Connections
WildEarth Guardians
Women of Denver

The Films

A Letter to Congress

A Letter to Congress
Chris Newman, Amani King, Dalia Burde

Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

More info: www.avocadosandcoconuts.com

2017  |  3 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection, 2018 Best Short

Local Film Sponsor: The Wilderness Society


Janine Beynus, Leondardo DiCaprio, Oliver Stanton, Leila Conners, Tree Media

Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it’s ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.

2015  |  22 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection

Local Film Sponsor: Center for Biological Diversity

Brothers of Climbing

Brothers of Climbing
Jason Zemlicka, Jamie Hubbard, Duncan Sullivan

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.’”

A small group of climbers began to challenge that thought. The Brothers of Climbing is a crew that’s making the climbing community more welcoming. Watch to see how they created a community where one wasn’t.

More info: www.boccrew.com

2017  |  7 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen
David Freid, MEL Films

“They say that when you’re hit by the polar bug, you never leave.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. We went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why, and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.

More info: www.melfilms.com

2017  |  9 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection

Local Film Sponsor: The Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media

Sacred Strides

Sacred Strides
Forest Woodward, Marie Sullivan, Anna Callaghan

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.

2018  |  12 minutes  |  2019 Official Selection

The Invisible Mammal

The Invisible Mammal – The Bat Rescuer
Kristin Tieche

This is a story about the struggle that bats face to survive, specifically in North America, where white nose syndrome is causing sharp decline in populations of certain bat species. The Invisible Mammal also explores issues like climate change and habitat destruction, and the role that humans must take to save bats from extinction. In this first installment of The Invisible Mammal series, we meet The Bat Rescuer. Corky Quirk is the founder of NorCal Bats, an organization that provides care for injured bats and educational programs for libraries, schools, nature programs, fairs and other events throughout the region. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people. She works with injured and orphaned bats, returning them to the wild and keeps a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education.

More info: www.theinvisiblemammal.com   |   www.norcalbats.org   |   www.yolobasin.org

2016  |  10 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection

The Nature of Maps

The Nature of Maps
Bridget Besaw, Tahria Sheather, Seedlight Pictures

Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are modern day pioneers: roaming some of the world’s last remaining wild lands to create maps to help conserve these precious places. Through their project with conservationist Kris Tompkins and Conservacion Patagonica to map the new Patagonia Park in Chile, The Nature of Maps explores the integral role maps play in conservation, adventure and our understanding of wild places.

More info: www.seedlightpictures.com   |   www.tahria.com

2017  |  10 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection

(unofficial) History of the National Parks

(unofficial) History of the National Parks
Ryan Maxey

National Parks are hard.

2016  |  4 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection
Local Film Sponsor: Be Hippy
Where the Wild Things Play

Where The Wild Things Play
Krystle Wright

Friday night at the local watering hole and … where the ladies at? Answer: BASE jumping from high desert cliffs, performing tricks on slacklines, climbing granite routes, shredding singletrack, skiing backcountry lines and generally leaving you fellas behind. This rowdy ode to female athletes by Krystle Wright leaves no doubt about the state of women in today’s outdoor world: badass.

2017  |  4 minutes  |  2018 Official Selection

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!

Current Action Hub organizations include:

Center for Biological Diversity
Conservation Colorado
Denver Zoo
National Parks Conservation Association
People and Pollinators Action Network
Wild Connections
WildEarth Guardians

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:

Bu Screen
Darn Tough Vermont
Denver Botanic Gardens
Hooked on Colfax
Jalan Facial Spa
Matt Chesebrough Photography
Mountain Rose Herbs
Paper & Tea
Polar Bottle
Soul Spirit
Stanley – PMI
Super Salve
Trek Light Gear