Wild & Scenic Film Fest comes to Kimberley

A selection of award winning environmental films on the big screen

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour is stopping in Kimberley on November 8th for a cinematic evening of stories set in wild landscapes around the world. Join Wildsight for a journey to spectacular places and tales of adventurers living life outside— all with a conservation mindset.

The Wild & Scenic Film Fest, North America’s largest environmental film festival, will bring two hours of the beautiful, the exciting and the inspiring to the big screen at McKim Theatre on November 8th for two screenings: 7:30 p.m. and a special children’s program, suitable for ages four to ten, at 4 p.m.

From big kayak drops and big ski lines, to journeys to the glaciers of Africa, the wilds of Patagonia, and meditations on life in the outdoors, Wild & Scenic is the perfect mix of action, exploration and beauty. The festival also features humorous films, a visit to BC’s sacred headwaters, fishing high in Colorado’s Rockies and an inspiring story about female climbers reaching higher.

“For the Wild & Scenic Film Fest, we are offering our members act discounted ticket price of $15,” said Wildsight’s Lars Sander-Green, “and we welcome new members to join us – lifetime Wildsight memberships are just $20.”

Regular price tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door for the evening. The children’s matinee is $7 for children, $10 for adults ($7 for members). Tickets are available from Wildsight at wildsight.ca/wildandscenic.

“With the success of 20 years of the Best of Banff Film Festival World Tour in Cranbrook, which sells out every year,” added Sander-Green, “we are excited to bring another inspiring and exciting film fest to the area – and to be able to offer a special children’s program.”

Beer and wine will be available at intermission. All proceeds support Wildsight’s environmental projects in Kimberley and Cranbrook.

The festival schedule includes:

Last Light: To capture the alpenglow – that singularly lit moment that turns powder into frozen red fire – you must live all day in the midst of them; ready to drop in long after the helicopters have gone home and your line is made magic in the last of the light.

Cascada: Tangled vines. Endless rain. Dodgy hotel rooms. Mud. Biting flies. Aggressive viruses…Perfection. Is this a vacation? Join the hunt in the remote Mexican jungle for the perfect waterfall.

El Campo es Vida: Javier Vera is a third generation gaucho living in Patagonia, Chile – a region that has deteriorated significantly due to agricultural use by previous generations of gauchos.

Of Souls + Water: The Mother: The life of a woman – her life, her dreams, her legacy – painted on the canvas of still waters in deep.

Two Laps: Val and Pete have been swimming together every morning for the past seventeen years. Once a year they have a race, two laps up and back.

Snows of the Nile: Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000m from the heart of Africa. At their summits are some of Earth’s only equatorial glaciers … but they are changing fast.

The Man Who Lived On His Bike: 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes quite hot – and sometimes quite scared.

Of Souls + Water: Shapeshifter: On the massive waves of Canada’s great rivers, the Shapeshifter conjures his magic, transforming from a charming rogue to a wild creature in flight.

High Altitude Fish Hunters: Join adventurers as they hike above treeline with blow-up SUP boards and camo disguises all to fly-fish for Colorado’s Greenback Cutthroats.

Sacred Headwaters: The shared birthplace of three salmon rivers in Northern Canada, the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, and home to an incredible ecosystem of large mammals.

13th German Deer Calling Championship: Eight gentleman and a lady battle for the championship, including “the young deer”, “two deers in a calling battle” and “old deer with two hinds”.

Ryan’s Stories: Living in poverty for as long as he remembers, Ryan Hudson grew up in and out of homeless shelters. At 14, Ryan was introduced to snowboarding and his life took a 180.

Push It: Two women prepare for their first ever big wall – El Capitan in Yosemite, which goes far from smoothly from start to finish.

The children’s program includes:

Elk Grass: This animated music video the viewer floats in and out through space around the lonely mountain, Elk Mountain, capturing the serenity and isolation inherent in nature.

The Joy of Air: “Leave the ground beneath your feet, Rise up, your inner legend greet. A body in motion – Twisting, turning, churning, yearning –Apex found, heaven bound.”

Rock Wall Climbing: How do big wall climbers get their start? With little walls, of course. This may be the case for 8-year-old climber Kathrin Houston.

Calling for Climate Recovery: Meet Jaime Lynn Butler, an 11-year old Navajo artist. Jaime lives in the American Southwest where the intensifying effects of climate change have made drought the new normal.

Moonwalk: Dean Potter highlines across a desert landscape with a massive full moon as his backdrop.

Raptor Blues: A musical stop motion animation explaining the dangerous effects of rodenticides on birds of prey in a way that everyone can understand.

Watermelon Magic: A season on the family farm, as young Sylvie grows a patch of watermelons to sell at market.