wsff 2023 on tour

Sierra Nevada Alliance Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour

Visit LTCC Duke Theatre to purchase in-person tickets. Video-on-Demand tickets available online through April 4.

Welcome to Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour. Join us in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 1-5 pm at Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theatre. We’ll share an afternoon of award-winning, awe-inspiring films that focus on the environment, local activism, and adventure. Browse through our digital film program for a summary of this year’s event.

Sierra Nevada Alliance has been a host of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour since 2006. This inspiring festival combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism. Each year, we share films to inspire viewers to take further action regarding issues impacting our environment, ourselves, and the world. Concerned citizens worldwide know the urgency of the many environmental crises facing our planet today, but most don’t know how they can contribute to the fight. The festival provides an opportunity for attendees in the Sierra to support their local advocates for the environment by attending Sierra Nevada Alliance’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour event.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s efforts to protect the Sierra Nevada now and for future generations. 

About the Sierra Nevada and the Alliance

Known as the Range of Light, the Sierra Nevada is a vast mountain range that lies primarily in California, with the Carson Range spur expanding into Nevada.

The collision of tectonic plates formed the Sierra Nevada around 40-100 million years ago, creating mountains and valleys through faulting and subduction. The resulting valley started to fill with water and, over time, became the lake we know and love as a result of faulting, volcanoes, and glaciers.

Today, the towering mountain range runs roughly 400 miles from Tehachapi Pass in the south to the Cascade Range, along the North Fork of the Feather River. It spans 24 counties and contains the headwaters of 24 river basins.

The Sierra is rich in natural resources. It produces 60% of California’s water supply and supplies the state with 50% of its hydroelectric energy. Wildlife is abundant with 3500 plant, 572 animal, and 321 aquatic species.

Sierra Nevada Alliance unites people by empowering and collaborating with our partners and Sierra communities. We work together to ensure that every ecosystem and community is healthy, resilient, and collectively cared for as a legacy for future generations.

Purpose: The Sierra Nevada Alliance exists to elevate and support Sierra ecosystems and communities.

Mission: We are a hub for stewardship of the Sierra Nevada, which we achieve by empowering and collaborating with our partners.

Vision: Every Sierra ecosystem and community is healthy, resilient, and collectively cared for through thriving partnerships, as a legacy for future generations.

This magnificent mountain range offers a lifetime of recreation, pleasure, and memories. We need your help to take care of the Sierra Nevada now and for generations.

You can be part of the solution to protect this special place.

Film Lineup

An Everest In Tahoe (Guest Film)

First Tracks Productions

There are many ways to support sustainable recreation. Harrison Biehl may have chosen the hardest one. An Everest in Tahoe features Harrison, a cyclist who has tapped into an internal drive that is rarely seen, even among the world's elite endurance athletes. Follow along on Harrison's journey up "Mt. Everest" all to raise funds for new multi-use trails.

The Rock Pool Waltz

Marlon Denning, Australia

The Rock Pool Waltz centres around a boys affinity with nature which helps to ease his worries and loneliness during the COVID lockdown. This leads him to an incredible friendship with an unlikely creature from the ocean. This inspiring film brings awareness to our connection with nature and the importance of caring for our environment and the amazing creatures we share this world with.

The Mud on their Hands

Jason Whalen, USA

Everything changed after Katrina. Many fled the destruction but Rev. Tyronne Edwards of Phoenix, Louisiana, led the effort to rebuild the town his family lived in for five generations. After a lifetime of community organizing, climate activism and inspiring future generations to protect their home from future storm surge has become Tyronne’s latest calling.


Palmer Morse, USA

In an effort to make the outdoor and rock climbing industry more inclusive, Deaf climber Sonya Wilson shares her testimony in overcoming barriers and gaining acceptance while hosting climbing retreats with both hearing and Deaf outdoor enthusiasts. Through the trials and traumas of her childhood, Wilson has become elevated — embodying the belief that being Deaf is a gift that does not make you less than.

Breaking Trail

Jesse Roesler, USA

Emily Ford sets out with Diggins, a borrowed sled dog, to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers and discover they’ve become figureheads in the movement to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone.

Feeling the Apocalypse

Chen Sing Yap, Canada

From the disappearing wildlife in his hometown Owen Sound, to the news stories about the melting of Greenland, psychotherapist Anderson Todd explains how unravelling ecosystems around the world have affected his psyche and his relationships. How do we respond to collapse without collapsing ourselves? A film about civilizational collapse and existential anxiety.

Range Rider

Colin Arisman, USA

As wolves repopulate Washington State, conflict is heating up with rural, ranching communities. As a range rider, Daniel Curry is dedicated to reducing predation, by creating a buffer between wolves and cattle that roam on public lands. As poaching and state sponsored culls take their toll, can Daniel prove that coexistence between ranchers and wolves is possible?

From My Window

Frank Pickell, USA

From her bedroom window, Melissa Simpson looks out at the highest peaks in Colorado. Despite being so close, the mountains have always been worlds away for Melissa, who was born with cerebral palsy. With the help of her friend and mentor, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, Melissa sets out to conquer something far greater than a summit. Through humility and grace, Melissa proves that what is within us, is stronger than what's in our way.





Video On Demand ticket: $20

Watch from the comfort of home with family and friends. Once you receive your link (please give us a little time to send it), You may watch between April – April 5. Tickets can be purchased through Tuesday, April 4.

In-person event ticket + Alliance Membership: $65 (a $75 value)

Memberships allow you to take one more step toward protecting the Sierra for future generations. Make a donation and join hundreds of members today!

Anthony Cupaiuolo

Executive Director, Tahoe Backcountry Alliance

Filmmaker, First Tracks Productions

We are pleased to announce Lake Tahoe local, Anthony Cupaiuolo as our guest speaker and filmmaker for the evening. Anthony will showcase his film Everest in Tahoe, and will speak with the audience about his connections to stewardship and responsible recreation.

An Everest in Tahoe: There are many ways to support sustainable recreation. Harrison Biehl may have chosen the hardest one….An Everest in Tahoe features Harrison, a cyclist who has tapped into an internal drive that is rarely seen, even among the world’s elite endurance athletes. Follow along on Harrison’s journey up “Mt. Everest” all to raise funds for new multi-use trails.

Anthony is a long-time outdoor enthusiast, South Tahoe local, and a passionate advocate for public land access. When not advocating for backcountry access in Tahoe in his role with Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, Anthony is a photographer and filmmaker at First Tracks Productions, where his passion also often intersects with advocacy and stewardship in projects for the National Forest Foundation, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association, and Tahoe Rim Trail Association. You may not recognize Anthony on the trail, but you’ll likely recognize his pup, Emmie. That’s ok. He’s used to playing second fiddle to her.

Food & Drink

We’re pleased to announce that Betty’s Balls Tapas & Catering will be providing a variety of meat and meat-free options at the event. Betty’s Balls adds to our sustainability goals and serves up their tasty meals with compostable cutlery.

betty's balls

Mike Peron

Between weekends when hanging out with his 2-year old daughter and wife while skiing or golfing as much as possible, Mike Peron is the Director of Sales & Marketing for Tahoe Lifestyle & Leisure in addition to operating his own event/promotion company called FNCTN (pronounced fungk-shen) which is known for producing such events as the Tahoe Bloody Mary Competition, Sierra Outdoor Film Series, Tahoe BrewFest, and many more!

Mike Peron holds multiple graduate degrees in business marketing and has since acquired 13 years of experience working in the business development, press relations, video production, media advertising and restaurant industries around Lake Tahoe.

He’s an active board member at the Boys & Girls Club, Clean Up The Lake, South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association and Tahoe Regional Young Professionals – with previous full-terms on the Tahoe Chamber Board and associates of the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

It doesn’t stop there; you can also catch Mike as the Emcee of signature non-profit events such as: Heavenly’s Gunbarrel 25, Live Violence Free Gala, Soroptimist Fundraisers, Tahoe Chamber Blue Ribbon Awards, Wild & Scenic Film Festivals, and more!

Mike is proud to call Lake Tahoe home for 13 years and it holds a very special place in his heart. “Tahoe delivers world class recreation mixed with world class entertainment!” His passion for people, music, sports, dancing, and the great outdoors can be felt by all in the community.


We’re not ready to end the celebrations yet! Sierra Nevada Alliance, South of North Brewing Company, and CB Radio bring you the Wild & Scenic Film Festival After Party.

When you’re finished viewing the awe-inspiring, award-winning films at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, grab your dancing shoes and come on over to South of North Brewing Company. CB Radio will have drums, keys, sax, and guitar ready to tickle your earholes.

South of North will provide food and drinks for purchase, and we’ll have a small raffle with fun prizes. Bring your proof of purchase from the main Film Festival and get an extra raffle ticket. You don’t need to attend the Film Festival to come to the after party. All are welcome!

Sierra Nevada Alliance extends a warm thank you to South of North Brewing Company for sponsoring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and to CB Radio for donating their pay for the evening to Sierra Nevada Alliance.

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