The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.
Sunday, Nov. 11, 3-5 PM
Cosby Center, Belfast, Maine ($10)
As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). “Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.”
In short films, witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. The program contains nine diverse and inspiring films of environmental activism that range in length from 3 to 22 minutes.
Join us after the films for drinks, food and conversation at the Center.
Check out the film line-up:
Letter to Congress: 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.
Blue Venture: A marine biologist encourages a coastal Madagascar community to close of a small section of their octopus-fishing area. After the community sees huge increase in their catch and incomes, the model goes viral showing how protecting the ocean can go hand-in-hand with improving lives.
Biomimicry: This film shows how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.
Dragging Pounds Uphill: A mother of four decides to turn off screens and make a change. Though challenging, her kids go from fearing and ignoring nature to understanding and loving it.
100,000 Beating Hearts: The film tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to the industrialization of agriculture.
Imagination: Watch daydreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.
Water Warriors: A multi-cultural group of unlikely warriors—including members of the Mi’kmiq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families—successfully fight a gas company’s efforts to frack in their province.
My Irnik: A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage.
High Divide: They say The High Divide is the place where the world is cut in two. Then again, it may be where everything comes together. Hear the lost voices of the American West. A new film celebrates the confluence of a wild place and its visionary people.
Note to students: Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will once again offer scholarships to the first 20 middle or high school students who arrive at the screening!