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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

The 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival makes a big impact on Nevada City, but also helps increase awareness of so many important issues, organizations and environmental causes.  The mission of the SYRCL annual film festival is a call to action, whether its environmental, energy uses, adventures, saving the Grand Canyon, saving the fish or inspiring children to think about CO2 in a humorous way.  The 14th annual event’s theme was “A Change of Course” and included over 130 films, including 23 world premieres.  In addition to the films the event included art showcase, music, activist workshops, wine tasting, book signings, parties and more.  There really is something for everyone at this event, whether it was listening to a fireside chat, rubbing shoulders with some of the environmental industry leaders or simply sitting and watching a film.  Thank you to SYRCL and the 700 volunteers that help put this event on.  The Outside Inn is a proud sponsor of the event, click here to see the 80 plus other businesses who help make this event possible.  The Best of Fest in the 2016 Wild & Scenic Festival goes to The Burden, an inspiring look at the military’s fossil fuel dependency and their efforts to use more renewal energies.  While I’ve included a number of photos, including: the children’s screening at Del Oro Theatre, opening party at Alexander Gallery, KVMR Media Lounge with See Jane Do, DANK gallery, Miners Foundry, Q&A with filmmakers, fireside chat with Jeremy CollinsSoundscape Ecology Walk, Gala party at the Nevada City Winery, activism workshop and more.  Nevada City and Grass Valley embrace the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is so many ways, feel free to post a comment and share your favorite film, speaker or experience.  If you’re on Instagram, tag #VisitNevadaCity to share some of your photos from this weekend. You can check out the Festival Winners Sunday night at 7pm at the Nevada Theatre.

Festival Winners:

Best of Fest: The Burden

Spirit of Activism: The Accidental Environmentalist

Best in Theme: INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

Best Short: Denali

Jury Awards: The Important Places and Sonic Sea

Student Filmmaker Award: Marley McDonald, Dan McNew, Art Pekun, Abby Riggleman, Won’t Pipe Down

John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award: Michelle Doughtery, Daniel Hinerfeld, Sonic Sea

Honorable Mentions: Skateboarding in Pine Ridge, Deep Time, Voyagers Without Trace

Kids Jury, Best Film: Worse Than Poop!

And the winner from last week’s Center of Movement giveaway is Corisa.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, photos by Erin Thiem

Nature's Orchestra, Soundscape Ecology Walk, photos by Erin Thiem Jeremy Collins, Wild & Scenic Film Festival Wild and Scenic Film Festival, SYRCL, photos by Erin Thiem

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, photos by Erin Thiem

© 2016 InnSide Nevada City, Photos © by Erin Thiem

4 replies
  1. Randi
    Randi says:

    Once again an incredible finale to a year long effort. Thanks to all of SYRCL’s employees, members, sponsors , volunteers, etc. How vibrant the town and participants have been, weather not withstanding. Thanks to the rain Gods also!

  2. Katrina
    Katrina says:

    Another GREATTTTT year! The Switzer Foundation (who i work with and was granted a leadership grant to work at SYRCL) came in force — some even stayed there at Outside Inn! We are SOOOO fortunate to have this festival based HERE!! So many business reps reported how incredible it was for business (especially the Golden Era!!).

  3. georgettearonow
    georgettearonow says:

    Fabulous post Erin! Thanks for sharing about this weekend and all your support of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival! As the SYRCL Finance Director, I certainly appreciate your support!!!

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