A celebration of our environment

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Kimberley BC

The Ridge is one of the films that will be screened at the Wild and Scenic Film Fest.

The Ridge is one of the films that will be screened at the Wild and Scenic Film Fest.

Kimberley, BC: Join Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook as they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour at the McKim Middle School Theatre on Saturday November 7th at 7:30pm.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held in Nevada City, CA which is now in its 13th year! Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Associate Director, Amelia Workman. “In today’s busy world, it is easy to disconnect from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we start making a difference. Come get inspired!”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The home festival kicks-off the international tour to over 150 communities around the globe, allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with other organizations. With the support of National Partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Orion Magazine, Klean Kanteen, Earthjustice, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, the festival can reach an even larger audience.

Featured at the tour event in Kimberley, are many short films that aim to inspire. These films include Pride of Namibia, Delta Dawn, and The Ridge among others. Pride of Namibia weaves the story of communities committed to protecting wildlife, of a nation that has enshrined conservation in its constitution, and of the future of responsible travel. Delta Dawn, created by acclaimed filmmaker Peter McBride, follows a team of river runners travelling the Colorado River as an experimental pulse of water is released, bringing the river to reach the sea after nearly two decades. The Ridge follows Danny Macaskill as he rides his mountain bike, an obvious extension of his body, around the Isle of Skye.

The festival is a natural extension of Wildsight’s work to inspire action on behalf of the environment, as it is the organizations goal to work within the community to encourage sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles based on a conservation ethic. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a great way for Wildsight to showcase success stories from around the world, and host an evening of inspiration right here in the Kootenays.

EVENT DETAILS

Date and Time: Saturday November 7th Doors open at 7pm and shows start at 7:30pm.

Venue:  McKim Middle School Theatre 689 Rotary Drive, Kimberley BC

Ticket Prices: $10 Wildsight members / Youth 18 and under; $15 non-members; $20 new Wildsight membership (includes FREE ticket)

Tickets can be purchased at www.wildsight.ca/wildandscenic, 250-427-9325 x 221 or at the door.