Wild & Scenic Film Festival
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the top environmental film festivals in our country and Nevada City and Grass Valley certainly pulled out the welcome mats for the event. Organized by SYRCL, this year marked the 12th annual event, if you missed the films you can always join SYRCL and check them out of their library. There are so many things about this event I love, the photos barely scratch the surface of all the screenings, activist workshops, wine tastings, art exhibitions, live music and events that went on this weekend. Photos include the 3D screening at Del Oro, drum circle on Commercial Street, opening reception at Mowen Solinisky Gallery, Debra Winger’s press conference and screening of Gaslands Part 2, Beaucoup Cheapaux at the Nevada Theatre, See Jane Do interviewing Angela Sun about Plastic Paradise, Before I Die art installation, Sierra Harvest soup and bread, George Pakenham speaking about Idle Threat at the Miners Foundry. Plus photos of the Nevada City Chamber wine stroll (with Nevada City Winery, Avanguardia Wines, Bear River Winery, BYOB, Clavey Vineyards and Szabo Vineyards), downtown Nevada City and the Gala Party at Nevada City Winery. What film inspired you?
- Student Award, An Inconvenient Youth
- John De Graff Award, Christopher (Toby) McLeod
- Jury Award, Bringing it Home and Plastic Paradise
- Most Inspiring Adventure, Maiden Trip
- Activist Award, Last Ocean
- Best Theme, Uranium Drive
- Best of Fest, Gaslands Part 2
- People’s Choice, Xmas Without China
Mark your calendars, next years event is January 15-18, 2015. And the winner of my Being Green giveaway is Dana Tanner Powell.
I chose to attend the Sat evening session at Stonehouse. I walked away thinking about the things we have done and continue to do to our water sources and to the natural habitats they support. Whether we’re covering them up or damming them up with concrete, the fact remains that increases in population mean increases in the resources needed to support them. When we’re talking about alternative energy, there’s almost always a downside to the methods being used and developed and it can sometimes seem pretty hopeless – damned if you do and damned if you don’t (pun completely intended). So, when I ask myself what is within my power to immediately contribute to being part of the solution and not the problem, my takeaway is this – remain educated, don’t take our natural resources for granted (they are not infinite and something is almost always sacrificed to harness them) and consume less and waste less. It’s all connected.
There were so many inspiring, informational, and beautiful movies, more than anyone could see in three days. The best part of the festival for me was the chance to meet so many like-minded people of all ages and cultures.
thanks Erin – you are a wonderful ambassador for the Yuba and our community – your photos reveal your great eye too! thanks for your support, Caleb
Caleb, it’s an honor for Nevada City to be the host of this important event, thank you and all your staff and volunteers at SYRCL.