In case you missed it, our Wild & Scenic Film Festival team has unveiled our 2021 official trailer! This 90-second trailer highlights just some of our lineup of over 100 environmental and adventure films, including 13 world premieres, to be shown at the 19th annual flagship event happening January 14-24, 2021. We hope this gets you as excited as it does us!
In exploring this year’s theme of Resilient by Nature, festival-goers can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and more.
Throughout the programming, you will see the theme reflected and be reminded that, as individuals and communities, we are inherently resilient, drawing on our strengths, talents, and lived experiences to innovate and inspire positive change for a better world. The theme also offers a lens to help us look to nature as a model for resiliency and seek to create solutions to environmental challenges through nature-inspired designs and strategies.
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
83 minutes | Canada | 2019
In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, Anne (now 86) retraces her steps and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today.
Love is the Way
46 minutes | United States | 2020
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a landscape of connections. This place is the heart of generations of protection, lifelong friendships, and iconic wildlife migrations. Love is the Way tells the stories of these connections, and the power of the continuing efforts to keep oil companies out of the Refuge’s sacred coastal plain.
Made in Voyage
25 minutes | United States | 2020
Who hasn’t dreamed of putting their life on hold to embark on an adventure where only your imagination sets the boundaries for what is possible? A trip where time stands still, far removed from the responsibilities, social engagements, and smartwatches of today’s fast-paced 21st century lifestyle. Cody and Kellyn turned this dream into a reality.
27 minutes | United States | 2020
The Brooks Range is North America’s most rugged wilderness and one of Earth’s largest roadless areas. In 2013, the State of Alaska proposed building a 225-mile industrial access road to facilitate the construction of an open-copper pit mine near the village of Ambler. We traveled 350 miles along the road corridor into the Brooks Range to question the meaning of progress and ask what may be lost if the tundra is paved to Ambler. Narrated by Harry “Supluaġniq” Douglas and Kristin Gates.
Hosted and produced by SYRCL, our flagship festival is our largest fundraising event of the year, helping to sustain integral programs such as River Water Monitoring and River Ambassadors. If you are a SYRCL member please keep your eyes out for another separate email with a special member-only discount code! Not a member? Click here to learn about the huge impact our members make in the Yuba River watershed and buy your membership to receive your pass discount.