Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour
Sat, Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm
Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour
Film screenings – Empress Theatre
330 Virginia St, Vallejo CA 94590
Doors open 6:30PM | Show starts 7:30PM
SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature–through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet.
Featuring 10 short films.
A New View of the Moon
Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.
Forest on Fire
The Eagle Creek fire ravaged the Columbia River Gorge, causing communities to evacuate, and stranding 150 day-hikers who dramatically hike nearly 20 miles to safety. The fire was set by a 15-year-old boy who threw a lit firework into a dry ravine on the Eagle Creek Trail.
This film includes accounts from an eyewitness who saw the boy start the fire, the stranded hikers, and people from the communities that persevered and took care of each other.
Fire Followers – Yosemite Nature Notes
Yosemite botanists search for fire-following flowers that germinate and bloom after a fire, covering the landscape in a beautiful but brief wildflower display that may not return until the next fire.
How Animals Hibernate
What if hibernating animals of different species formed an orchestra and performed a symphony about their winter’s sleep? Well, they did—sort of. Because this is the science version of “Peter and the Wolf,” starring a frog, a turtle, a bird, a mosquito, a bear, and a fish… Ladies and gentlemen, “The Sleep Cycle” by L’orchestre D’hibernation Animaux.
Music of the Spheres
Our ancestors believed that the movements of celestial bodies were a form of music – they called it the ‘music of the spheres.’ Wanda Diaz-Merced, a blind astrophysicist from Puerto Rico, studies the universe through sound and carries on this ancient tradition. Using Wanda’s actual sounds, this film weaves a journey of a truly unique scientist.
WILD UTAH: America’s Red Rock Wilderness
This short documentary advocates for protecting more than 9 million acres of federally managed public lands as Wilderness, areas of pristine natural beauty, unique and untrammeled ecosystems, and unfathomable cultural significance. WILD UTAH: America’s Red Rock Wilderness takes the viewer through the varied landscape and draws upon diverse voices to tell the story of why these lands are worth protecting and what can be done to ensure these public lands are protected for generations to come.
Nature has a rhythm – it just takes one to tune into it. Jess Kilroy – musician, climber, and conservationist – travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds there, with the goal of sparking people’s love for these wild lands. Creek Sessions follows Jess on a sensory journey to create music in Utah’s Indian Creek, reminding us that wild places are worth protecting not simply for their landscapes, but for their soundscapes too.
Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white?
Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Watch our video to learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks’ future.
Climbing out of Disaster
In the immediate aftermath of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria, a group of local climbers bands together to use their skills and knowledge for the greater good of the community.
After serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.