Wild & Scenic Film Festival Oct 22

Banner with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival logo at the top, tag line "Where activism gets inspired," showing two illustrations of a lizard and a fish. Overlay text inbetween the two illustrations says "October 22, A live streaming event supporting Rocky Mountain Wild"

Rocky Mountain Wild is excited to be bringing the 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.

The films start promptly at 7 pm, but before that, join us at 6 pm for our Community Action Hub! The Hub will feature a myriad of direct actions you can take from local non-profits.

When: Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7 pm, with an opening reception Zoom call for our Community Action Hub starting at 6 pm
Where: Online
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Tickets: Ticket prices vary to ensure that everyone who wants to attend can do so. If you can, consider making additional donations as this event is replacing our largest fundraiser of the year. Get your tickets here!

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We understand that a lot of families have been hit hard by the coronavirus this year. 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.

Community Action Hub

The Community Action Hub will feature direct actions that attendees can take on the spot to make real change in Colorado and beyond! The Community Action Hub will take place from 6:00-6:45 pm on Zoom! Be sure to register to save your spot.

Dinner and a Movie

Why not make it a whole affair with dinner and a movie? Rocky Mountain Wild has partnered with SoulNia, a vegetarian soul food catering and pop up company dedicated to re-defining soul food and preserving culinary history!

Enjoy a dinner box for two to accompany your films that includes collard greens with pickled onions, whiskey barrel cornbread, fried yams and onions, and creamy scalloped potatoes. Everything is vegetarian.

When registering for your virtual ticket, select the option that includes a delicious SoulNia meal and then pick your food up at either the Denver or Boulder locations on the day between 4 and 6 pm!

The address for the Denver pick up is 970 Yuma St, Denver, CO 80204.

The Boulder pick up location is Upslope Brewery at 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301. They are also offering $1 off a six-pack for the festival, if you’d like an adult beverage with your meal!

Photographs courtesy of Kalen Jesse Photography.

The Films

We hope you’ll love these films as much as we do! Here is the list of what we will be screening (in alphabetical order):

Film Still from the film Detroit Hives showing Tim holding up a bee shelf with the film's title overlayed

Detroit Hives
Palmer Morse, Rachel Weinberg, Matthew Mikkelsen, Spruce Tone Films
East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. Detroit Hives explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time. (2019, 6 min)

Mi Mamá film still showing a mother and daughter hiking hand-in-hand in the Canyonlands

Mi Mamá
Jade Begay, James ‘Q’ Martin
Nadia Mercado grew up in a working-class community with her single mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and three sisters. In this film, Nadia recounts the ways that her mother helped shape the woman she is today: a cardiac nurse, an outdoor athlete, and a woman who is dedicated to helping the Latinx and POC outdoor communities. (2019, 6 min)

Film still for Nature Now showing Greta Thunberg, George Monbiot, and various landscapes with the words "Protect" "Restore" "Fund"

Nature Now
Gripping Films Production, Tom Mustill
Made with no flights, recycled footage, and zero net carbon. Given away for free. Viewed 53 million times, played to the United Nations. This film is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate. (2019, 4 min)

Film still showing an animated raccoon holding a flashlight and playing shadowpuppets with their hand

Raccoon and the Light
Hanna Kim
A raccoon finds a flashlight in the woods. (2018, 4 min)

Film still for (Re)Connecting Wild showing a stag on the road

(Re)Connecting Wild – Restoring Safe Passage
Jake Willers, Alyson Andreasen, NineCaribou Productions, LLC
This is the remarkable story of the decade-long effort by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and its partners to improve human safety by re-connecting a historic mule deer migration that crosses over both US-93 and I-80 in rural Elko County, Nevada. Witness the wildlife crossing structures along I-80 from construction to the restoration of safe passage for migratory mule deer to more than 1.5 million acres of summer and winter habitat. (2019, 12 min)

Film Still for Sounds of Survival showing two scientists with a flashlight noticing something underwater

Sounds of Survival
Katie Garrett
Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered “exquisite spike-thumb frog” (Plectrohyla exquisita). What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation. (2018, 8 min)

Film still for Where Life Begins showing Arctic Wildlife Refuge caribou
Courtesy of Peter Mather

Where Life Begins
Katie Schuler, Coral & Oak Studios, The Wilderness Society
Along the Arctic Coast, at the northmost point on American soil, we explore the inseparable bond between mother and child, the sacred and fragile moments after birth, and the importance of protecting the place Where Life Begins. (2019, 10 min)

Film still from Wild Toddler Chronicles showing mother and child looking out from a look out point to nature below.

Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy
Brian Lewis
With an endless supply of fruit snacks, plenty of extra underwear and a pile of old photographs, two parents set out to retrace the route of an old adventure, this time with a two-year-old in tow, hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places. (2019, 11 min)


Rocky Mountain Wild would like to invite you to show your wild side by sponsoring the film festival and Community Action Hub. Our sponsorship levels have changed this year. Check out our complete sponsorship packet there! Contact Chris at chris@rockymountainwild.org to reserve your sponsorship!

Thank you to our current sponsors: