NEVADA CITY, APPROX. (December 1, 2022) – The South Yuba Rivers Citizens League (SRYCL) Wild & Scenic Film Festival has unveiled its full lineup of over 100 environmental and adventure films, including eight world premieres and five US premieres. by January 23, 2022. Passes and tickets for this year’s event are now available at WSFF.eventive.org.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) has welcomed audiences to Nevada County, California every January for two decades. “We can’t wait to come back with personal programs in 2022 as part of our hybrid festival. Not having a personal event in 2021 was a huge disappointment for SYRCL and the community, “said Melinda Booth, Executive Director of SYRCL. “For seasoned festival-goers, however, it will be a little different this year to prioritize the safety of the community.”
Participants must reserve specific film sessions and venues in advance; each event is available separately. Fewer tickets will be available this year as the number of venues and capacities within these venues are reduced. There will be COVID-19 protocols in place, including vaccine and mask requirements for all personal participants, including staff, volunteers and filmmakers.
“The health and wellbeing of our small community is at the heart of what we do here at SYRCL and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. These decisions are the result of many in-depth discussions with the local health department and medical professionals. We are aware that there are a number of reasons why participants cannot or do not want to vaccinate, which is why we would be happy to offer a virtual online alternative to the in-person celebrations in this case, ”said Booth.
The festival has many key elements including workshops at the Earthjustice Activist Center, a virtual art exhibition, youth programs, virtual EnviroFair, filmmaker questions and answers after personal screenings, and opportunities to interact with filmmakers and special guests. Wild & Scenic’s 20th annual festival will continue to bring together top filmmakers, activists and social innovators to stimulate environmental awareness and action. As always, this event serves as SYRCL’s largest fundraiser and supports their year-round work to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed.
“Currents of Hope” was chosen as the theme for our 20th anniversary. “The topic speaks for the dynamic towards a better future. In aligning the festival with this theme, we envision a hope that is based on tangible and measurable action and that constantly moves us forward like the mighty rivers that are the elixir of life on this planet, ”said festival producer Eric Dunn. Artist Maile Claire created the official artwork for 2022 with this idea in mind, and audiences can expect it to be reflected in this year’s programming.
To learn more and to buy passes or tickets, visit WSFF.eventive.org
Some of the marquee films presented at the 19th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival include:
black ice – A crew of aspiring ice climbers from the Memphis Rox fitness studio travels to the frozen wilderness of Montana, where mentors Manoah Ainuu, Conrad Anker and Fred Campbell share their love of winter adventure in the mountains.
Residents – For millennia, Native Americans successfully managed and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have marred their ability to maintain their traditional farming practices. From deserts, coasts, forests, mountains and prairies, indigenous communities in the United States are reestablishing their old ties with the land. The five stories involve preserving the Hopi dry farming traditions in Arizona; Buffalo Restoration on Blackfeet Reservation in Montana; Maintaining Sustainable Forestry on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin; Revitalizing indigenous food forests in Hawaii; and the return of the prescribed fire to the countryside by the Karuk tribe of California. As the climate crisis escalates, these Native American best practices are becoming increasingly important in a rapidly changing world.
The seeds of Vandana Shiva – How did the wanton daughter of a restorer in the Himalayan forest become Monsanto’s worst nightmare? The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she opposed the corporate Goliaths of industrial agriculture, became known in the organic food movement and instigated an international crusade for change.
My garden of a thousand bees – An experienced wildlife cameraman seeking refuge from the pandemic records the wild bees that live in his city garden with overwhelming results. From giant bumblebees to mosquito-sized scissor bees, he sees over 60 species of bees. More importantly, it develops a close relationship with a single bee that it accompanies throughout its life.
ABOUT THE WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL 2022
As one of the largest environmental and adventure film festivals in the country, the 20th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines outstanding filmmaking, cinematography and world-class storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while being one to create a positive future for future generations. Festival goers are treated to a variety of award-winning films, including those about nature, community activities, adventure, conservation, water, energy, wildlife and environmental justice. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be hosted and produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from January 13 to January 17, 2022. The funds raised support her year-round work to protect and restore the watershed of the Yuba River. This flagship festival starts a nationwide tour that presents wildlife and landscape films to more than 75,000 people annually.
For more information, visit https://www.WildandScenicFilmFestival.org