14th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival Line up
Wild and Scenic Feature Films
Every morning in the summer, Granddad rises at dawn to row twice around the lake. Join him on his morning meditation.
On a clear morning in Portland, Oregon, fourteen youth with oversized backpacks await a long day of travel. Along with five veterans, a few volunteers and “Axe the Service Dog” they are headed to Fairbanks, Alaska. From there, they will pile into bush planes and fly into the Arctic Circle. This is Soul River, a non-profit organization founded by decorated Navy veteran Chad Brown. Their three-week deployment to the Chandalar River is the culmination of outdoor conservation education, collective strengthening, leadership development, healing, and a whole lot of fly fishing.
Once the most abundant vertebrate in the Sierra Nevada, mountain yellow-legged frog populations plummeted with the introduction of non-native fish. Restoration efforts in Yosemite National Park are helping to protect this rare and endangered species.
The Pyramid Lake Lahontan Cutthroat Trout was declared extinct in the 1940’s as a result of a badly planned diversion dam on the Truckee River. The dam was built with no consideration of the downstream Indigenous Peoples of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and their cherished homeland. However, the once desiccated lake and its native fish have made a near impossible and triumphant return through the efforts of biologists, tribal litigators, and a carpenter.
Life has a way of putting us where we need to be. For Vala, that’s in both Greenland – where she works at her family’s fishing lodge – and Reykjavík, where she teaches her daughter how to do it all on her own, too.
This film examines the past, present, and future of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, one of the first eight rivers protected by the Wild & Scenic Act in 1968. Through the eyes of local Maidu, fisherman, and conservationists, viewers will experience this unique place and understand the hopes and dreams of those who are working to keep it wild.
“Blue carbon” is carbon that’s captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. “You never go into a wetland and just restore one benefit,” says wetlands ecologist John Rybczyk. It improves water quality, provides salmon habitat, protects our shorelines, and also benefits our climate.
As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests, and soccer practice? Join Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne on a week-long stand up paddle boarding journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting”, says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring.”