Watch the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on demand, through Oct 25

Illustration of an owl on a tree branch against a night sky with the sun setting in the background by Maile Claire. Text says "Wild & Scenic Film Festival, where activism gets inspired. Watch on Demand through Oct 25. Environmental & adventure films."

Watch Rocky Mountain Wild’s virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on demand now through October 25 at 11:55 pm MT from wherever you are!

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 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 (and everywhere else) wild.

Register to watch the films on demand at your leisure.

Can’t pay but want to attend? 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.

Wild & Scenic Raffle

This year, we are also hosting a raffle! Tickets are 1 for $1 or 15 for $10. Prizes you could win include:

  • Sierra Nevada swag (tote bag, trucker hat, coozie, and fold-away tote)
  • Earthjustice swag (coasters, gavel pencils, and copies of their quarterly magazine)
  • hhmi “Stories that Spark” mug
  • hhmi local pollinators’ wildflower seed mix (for Western U.S. residents only as the mix is specifically for our region)
  • MiiR’s commemorative Wild & Scenic Film Festival camp cup with slide lid
  • Peak Design’s Field Pouch
  • and much more!

The Films

First Half

An exploration of who were are as conservationists in the movement

Film still from One Star Reviews

One Star Reviews: National Parks

Alex Massey, Avocados and Coconuts, Alex Paulsen | 2020 | 2 min.

America’s National Parks are some of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s even said that they are America’s best idea. Well… unfortunately for some, there’s still room for improvement!

Film still from Camp Yoshi showing Rashad Frazier, the chef and creator of Camp Yoshi, smiling near his outdoor cooking station

Camp Yoshi

Faith E. Briggs, Tyler Wilkinson-Ray | 2021 | 10 min.

After moving to Oregon and falling in love with the ability to explore the outdoors with ease with his wife and two kids, Rashad Frazier knew he had to extend the invitation to others. Driven by the magic of his experiences, his background as a chef, and his love of good food and connecting people to incredible places that open up to conversation, he created Camp Yoshi, which curates custom outdoor adventures centered around shared meals and shared experience with the goal of creating a space for Black people and allies to unplug and in turn reconnect with the wilderness. By virtue of being in these places, Camp Yoshi’s trips transform historically segregated spaces into safe havens for community, conversation and nourishment.

Els Van Woert and her daughter, Pippa, hug a tree in the woods

Dear Pippa

Simon Perkins | 2020 | 8 min.

Throughout her life, the woods and its trails have provided Els Van Woert with inspiration and balance. Today, many of those adventures are spent with her daughter, Pippa. In a letter to Pippa, Els describes this relationship with the outdoors. She also explores what motherhood has taught her about uncovering past scars, discovering vulnerability, and evolving her definition of bravery.

CW: Brief mention of sexual assault and the Trump campaign

Graham Zimmerman wearing a suit and a backpack

An Imperfect Advocate

Jim Aikman, Graham Zimmerman | 2020 | 21 min.

In the rarified air of the world’s wildest mountains, alpinist Graham Zimmerman has seen firsthand the effects of human-driven climate change on the world. He has seen glaciers recede, winters become shorter, and weather patterns become more volatile. As his eyes have been opened to the irreversible damage that humans are doing to the planet, he has been forced to acknowledge that he is complicit in destroying these places that he loves. Despite his own carbon footprint, Graham decides that he must take action and joins Protect Our Winters, an advocacy group that enlists him in the fight against Climate Change. In doing so, he starts down the path of advocacy in an increasingly turbulent world. A world that will challenge him in many ways, not least of all, by asking if he can accept his imperfections to become an effective advocate.

CW: Mention of the murder of George Floyd

Two children on some boulders overlooking a forest beneath. One child, Cheo, has his hands up in a victory pose.

I Am Cheo

Pablo Irlando, Monica Griego-Irlando, Graciela Garcia-Irlando, Robert Fanger, Jose Antonio Partida, Luke Fitch, Neftali Eliseo “Cheo” Irlando, Pablo Irlando | 2019 | 8 min.

Inspired by the poem “I Am Joaquin” by Chicano poet Corky Gonzales, this unique film tells the story of a young boy named Cheo who, from the sights and smells of his abuela’s kitchen, takes a sweeping cinematic journey across the lands that are both his history and his future – he sees the gorges of the Grand Canyon, the antiquity of New Mexican acequias, the majesty of the Rockies, and the urban warmth of Downtown Los Angeles. On this journey, Cheo realizes that he is formed by these places – but they need his help, as they are devastated by wildfires, pollution, climate change and disrepair.

Second Half

An exploration of what we can do as conservationists to make the world a greener place

Max Romey using watercolors to illustrate the garbage he and his crew found on the beach

If You Give a Beach a Bottle

Max Romey | 2021 | 5 min.

Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska’s coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.

An Indigenous leader sits in a canoe next to the Klamath River

Guardians of the River

Shane Anderson | 2020 | 14 min.

In this film by American Rivers and Swiftwater Films, Indigenous leaders share why removing four dams to restore a healthy Klamath River is critical for clean water, food sovereignty and justice. Removing the dams will restore salmon access to 400 miles of habitat, improve water quality and strengthen local communities that rely on salmon for their food, economy and culture.

A bighorn sheep ram stands in the snow

Denizens of the Steep

Zach Montes, Josh Metten, Dan Gibeau, Cole Buckhart | 2020 | 10 min.

For Ski Mountaineer and guide Kim Havell, the mountains are a place of adventure and solitude in wild places. However, the explosion in popularity of backcountry skiing, especially in the high alpine of Grand Teton National Park, has her concerned about a population of bighorn sheep who are now on the verge of extinction. Denizens of the Steep connects the joy of backcountry skiing with the urgent need to conserve an icon of the Wilderness.

A wolverine sniffs the air in the snow next to a tree. Text says "Finding Gulo"

Finding Gulo: The Movement to Save Wolverines

Colin Arisman, Tyler Wilkinson-Ray | 2021 | 27 min.

The wolverine (Gulo gulo) is an intrepid and solitary carnivore, historically ranging throughout North America’s most rugged and remote regions. However, human persecution decimated their populations, and it seemed that wolverines might disappear from much of their wild homeland. Today, they are recovering in the contiguous U.S. and sightings of the elusive gulo are becoming more frequent among backcountry skiers who visit the West’s most remote mountain ranges.

“Finding Gulo” follows Steph Williams, a ski guide and field biologist as she works with wildlife photographer Dave Moskowitz to capture images and data of a recovering population of wolverines near her home in the North Cascades of Washington State. Steph is on a mission to prove that citizen science can be a critical tool to protect endangered wildlife. As a backcountry skier, Steph has long been concerned about the impacts of climate change, but as her connection deepens with gulo, so does her commitment to grassroots stewardship.

Links and Direct Actions

Since you are watching the playback of the evening, you won’t see the chat where we shared various direct actions you can take to make the world a greener and more equitable place. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to take action! Here are some of the actions Rocky Mountain Wild and attendees included in the chat (in the order they appeared):

  • Summit County Safe Passages has officially launched a campaign for the new I-70 wildlife crossings on East Vail Pass! For those of you who have participated in the Colorado Corridors Project checking and moving cameras or identifying species caught on camera on our Zooniverse platform, you know that these crossings are necessary for moose, mountain lions, elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and at least a couple of Canada lynx — just to name a few species. Stay tuned for actions regarding this campaign. In the meantime, you can donate to Summit County Safe Passages to help fund this work: https://rockymountainwild.givingfuel.com/summitcountysafepassages
  • You might want to consider supporting Indigenous Women Rising: https://www.iwrising.org/
  • Help the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and The Wilderness Society Rename Mount Evans as Mount Blue Sky. Mount Evans is a stunningly beautiful Colorado landmark that deserves a name that honors its natural and cultural history. The mountain is named in honor of John Evans, the former territorial governor of Colorado who authorized the indiscriminate murder of American Indians and was responsible for one of the worst massacres in American history, the Sand Creek Massacre. The Sand Creek Massacre resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapaho men, women, and children. Evans was roundly condemned, forced to resign in disgrace, and is not deserving of recognition. Please support the proposal by the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and The Wilderness Society to rename Mt. Evans as Mt. Blue Sky. https://act.wilderness.org/a/rename-mt-evans-co_organizing
  • Here’s an action you can do to help Spirit of the Sun, an Indigenous environmental nonprofit in Denver: SunCor Energy, a Canadian-run company, runs an oil refinery north of Denver, Colorado. Suncor is Colorado’s only oil refinery and one of our largest emitters of greenhouse gasses and toxic air pollutants, and has been operating without any changes to its procedures or pollution controls for years. In spite of numerous enforcement actions and settlements, Suncor continues to flout air quality laws, putting neighboring communities — who are primarily BIPOC and low income — at extreme risk. Suncor has no regard for human or non-human life and will continue to harm our communities if action is not taken. 

    Please take a moment to watch Spirit of the Sun’s short film on Suncor’s impact on Colorado’s Indigenous communities or scroll to the bottom of the page to send a form-letter to Governor Polis, Colorado Dept. of Health and Environment, and the EPA asking them to shut down Suncor for good: https://www.suncorsundown.org 

    Donate to Spirit of the Sun’s efforts to combat Suncor’s harmful impacts through their Mycelium Program which trains their community members to inoculate the soil in their communities and throughout Native land with networks of mycelium to restore the health of our soil systems. When we cannot depend on the systems in power to create change, we educate ourselves and our community to protect the systems we hold dear: https://www.spiritofthesun.org/mycelium
  • Raise your voice for the protection and conservation of Bureau of Land Management Wildlands in Colorado. Sign Colorado Wildlands Project’s petition calling on the Biden Administration to designate new Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs): https://wilderness-workshop.salsalabs.org/wsa-petition/index.html
  • The Next 100 Colorado is a coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation and community-based organizations and individuals in the state. They focus on workforce diversity, ensuring equitable outdoor access for all people, and using our outdoor spaces to tell accurate, complex, uplifting, and healing stories about our state lands. Learn more: https://www.next100colorado.org
  • The Bureau of Land Management is looking for comments on their proposal to offer over 250,000 acres for oil and gas development in Wyoming including in crucial habitat for sage-grouse, prairie dogs, mule deer, and more. You have until November 7 to submit comments on their proposal. You can learn more about the sale here https://rockymountainwild.org/oil_and_gas/wyoming. I really like helping people engage in the federal oil and gas leasing process. Email me at alison@rockymountainwild.org if you have any questions about submitting comments.
  • Environmental Learning for Kids cultivates a passion in science, leadership, and service in a diverse community of learners. They envision a world in which all people are caretakers of themselves, each other, and the natural world. Learn more about Environmental Learning for Kids at the link below. https://elkkids.org/
  • One of our community science projects is the Colorado Pika Project. Through this you get to enjoy the outdoors while helping us study how American pika are responding to climate change. Learn more about the Colorado Pika Project at https://pikapartners.org/. You can also learn how you can fight climate change and help pikas and prairies at the Pikas, Prairies and the Climate Crisis photography exhibit opening reception this Saturday at the Museum of Boulder. More information is here https://rockymountainwild.org/pikas-prairies-climate-crisis
  • The Bureau of Land Management is asking for comments on a proposed lease sale in New Mexico including important habitat for pronghorn. You have until November 7 to submit comments on this proposal. You can learn more about the sale here: https://rockymountainwild.org/oil_and_gas/new_mexico.
  • We must stand up for people – and not polluters – by opposing Senator Manchin’s dirty deal. The fight is far from over, and Defenders of Wildlife urges you to contact your senators to oppose any attempts to undermine the National Environmental Policy Act and fast-track dangerous fossil fuel projects. https://p2a.co/s8wieeJ
  • And on Saturday, join our friends at Defenders of Wildlife and Southern Plains Land Trust and volunteer to restore prairie habitat for pronghorn and bison. Register here: https://support.defenders.org/page/45130/survey/1
  • Inclusive Guide is an online community that lists safe and welcoming spaces for anyone that faces discrimination. Individuals can rate businesses and spaces on their customer service experience relating to each person’s specific identities (race, ability, gender, etc). Inclusive Guide was started by two Black women with a mission to create data-driven, economic incentives for businesses to be more inclusive and welcoming, resulting in safer spaces for people who regularly experience discrimination. Register to use the guide today! https://www.inclusiveguide.com/
  • If you want to help bighorn sheep right here in Colorado, volunteer for our Central Colorado Bighorn Sheep Survey! Learn more here: https://rockymountainwild.org/bighornsheepsurvey
  • We are working hard to get three wildlife crossing structures built on East Vail Pass, an area that will reconnect important high elevation habitat for a variety of species, including potentially wolverine. Sign up for the Colorado Corridors Project and help us maintain remote wildlife cameras or catalog the photos if you prefer to help from home. Send us an email at colorado.corridors@gmail.com and we will be in touch!
  • Bookmark the Environmental Actions Weekly Round Up wepage to take meaningful action every week! https://rockymountainwild.org/eawr

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:

Bendinelli Law Firm logo with the tag line "Extraordinary lawyers, extraordinary results"
The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media
Colorado Estate Matters logo
Colorado Wildlands Project logo
Defenders of Widlife
Denver Zoo logo
Eco-officiency logo
Endangered Species Coalition
Environmental Learning for Kids logo
Fuicelli & Lee, P.C. logo
Fang Law Firm logo against a blue background
Inclusive Guide logo
Manning Law logo
Master of Conservation Leadership logo
Next 100 Colorado logo
O'Sullivan Personal Injury Law Firm logo
People and Pollinators Action Network
Scaled Agile Logo
Spirit of the Sun logo
Summit County Safe Passages logo
Wealth Management Associates Logo
Whitson Strategies logo
Wild Connections Round Logo
The Wilderness Society
Wilderness Workshop logo

Individual Sponsors:

Brendan Walsh
Britt Hinnen and Patricia Foley-Hinnen
Connor Liu
Geri & Meyer Saltzman