How to Continue Festing

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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a Wrap

The 10-day virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, January 23rd, and we are so grateful for the attendees, staff, and volunteers for making the festival’s 20th year anniversary so special. The level of local, national, and international engagement in this year’s festival was spectacular!

Attendees from across the United State as well as over a dozen other counties from as far away as the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Costa Rica, India, and Australia participated in the Fest. The 60 virtual screenings included film sessions, workshops, filmmaker Q&A sessions, live welcome and awards ceremonies. Other special programming brought people from all walks of life together to celebrate their mutual love for art and film.

Festival Award Winners Announced

With hundreds of films to choose from, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but that is exactly the job of our team of festival judges.  Each year they help choose the best of the fest. We are proud to present the award winners below.

Film Award-Winners:

  • Black Ice
  • Youth v Gov
  • The Seeds of Vandana Shiva
  • The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness
  • Loon
  • Ghost Ponds
  • My Garden of a Thousand Bees
  • The Ants the Grasshopper
  • The Seeds of Vandana Shiva
  • The Magical Forest and The Things
  • INHABITANTS: An Indigenous Perspective
  • Tigre Gente
  • End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock
  • El Mago Georges
  • First We Eat
  • My First Day of Summer

We want to hear from you!

We strive to make improvements every year and we’d like to hear from you about your experience at the 2022 Festival. We would be grateful if you took a few minutes to share with us what you loved, where we need improvements, and feedback about your overall experience as an attendee, filmmaker, sponsor, volunteer, etc. 

Be assured that your personal information will remain confidential and any feedback shared will be used only to support bettering SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival. If you finish the entire survey, you are welcome to enter your name in a drawing for a Wild & Scenic Film Festival merchandise bundle. This is entirely optional since your responses will no longer be anonymous; they will, however, remain confidential.

Ways to Keep Enjoying the Fest

Art Exhibition Award-Winners:

  • Best Theme (Currents of Hope): “Kellogg Oak in Spring” by Eric Engles
  • Photograph: “Alpine Trees in Snow, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe” by Kirk Keeler
  • Two-Dimensional: Linda Galusha’s “Fractured Rescue”
  • In three dimensions: the “inside” of Deborah Bridges
  • Judges Award – Josh Harrison: “Remember: Hope from Ancient Ancestral Roots” by Jennifer Rugge
  • Judges Award – Chelo Montoya: “At Home in the Wild” by Rachel Pellow
  • Judges Award – John Natsoulas: “Bolinas Lagoon” by LeeAnn Brook
Rachel Pellow’s At Home in the Wild

Watch films and view art

‘Uba Seo, is an audio video experience in which Nisenan Culture Bearer Shelly Covert sings the story of ‘Uba Seo in Nisenan to the visiting Rhine River Nixy, who swims deep down into the Rivers Waters to Listen.  Visit the ‘UBA SEO: Nisenan Arts and Culture, 225 Broad St, Nevada City, to see in-person  the ‘Uba Seo film installation through January 30th.

Enjoy the local artwork by visiting Fable Coffee in Nevada City and Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley through January 30th, 2022. 

“We are excited to share these incredible works of art with the community at Fable Coffee,” said Lívia Campos de Menezes, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director. “Being able to view the works in person offers people the opportunity to interact with the size and scale of the pieces as well as better appreciate the intricacies of the materials.” To view the online gallery and/or purchase the winning pieces and other artworks, visit the online exhibition.

Visit Fable Coffee at 233 Broad Street, Nevada City or take a tour of their virtual art winners exhibition here. Visit Art Works Co-Op at 113 Mill Street, Grass Valley.

Linda Galusha’s Fractured Rescue

Take Action

Sign a letter of support. Fewer than 3,000 Chinook salmon return to the lower Yuba River annually, which is a 99.5% decrease from the historic population size. The poorly maintained fish ladders at Daguerre Point Dam limit their ability to access what little remains of their spawning habitat.

Join us in telling the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize cleaning the fish ladders at Daguerre Point Dam to give this imperiled species a better chance at survival by signing our letter.

Watch Festival Workshops and Talks

Throughout the film festival, we were able to host a number of great virtual workshops and talks with special guests.  We are very happy to be able to bring this programming to the community for free of charge and hope that you take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to explore and learn. 

Coffee Talk: Eating Local: A Conversation with Documentary filmmaker, Suzanne Crocker 

After a landslide temporarily blocked highway access to their hometown of Dawson City, in Yukon, Canada, film director, Suzanne Crocker, decided that she and her family would spend a full year eating exclusively local produce. as they should know how to live if they couldn’t access grocery stores.

The experience of them learning to live without access to a grocery is documented in 2022 official selection, First We Eat. Join us to hear Suzanne Crocker talk about the challenges, surprises, and life-long changes that her family went through during their “local-food-only” period. 

Fireside Chat: 20 Years in the Making – Adventure Stories with Alpacka Raft. 

After a 600-mile traverse in Alaska’s Brooks Range with wholly inadequate boats, Thor Tingey asked his mom, Sheri, a pioneer in the outdoor industry, to make him a better boat.  After many hours sewing in the garage, Alpacka Raft was born. Recognized as the industry leader that modernized packrafting, their adventure continues. Join us for a series of stories that has led the company to where it is today. Get to know the founders throughout this series of conversations. 

Workshop: California on Fire 

California has been experiencing more intense, larger, and more destructive wildfires in the last five years.  1.3 million acres burned in just the 2021 Dixie, Beckwourth, and Caldor fires alone. These severe fires put lives and communities at risk, and threaten the benefits that healthy forests provide, such as clean and ample water, clean air, carbon storage, recreation, and wildlife habitat. What is causing this and what can we do about it?

This panel discussion, featuring Eli Ilano, Forest Supervisor for the Tahoe National Forest, Dan Porter, Forest Strategy Lead with The Nature Conservancy and Willie Whittlesey, General Manager at Yuba Water Agency attempts to answer these questions and look at what communities can do collectively to help. 


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