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Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival comes to Harrisonburg

film2Wild Virginia is proud to be hosting the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival “On Tour.” Wild and Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of short films that tell a story about our planet, our beautiful and precious wildlands, and the people of the communities who love and defend them.  They open our eyes and hearts to fantastic experiences in remarkable places.  They beckon us towards action, highlight issues, and provide solutions.

The Festival will be held in Harrisonburg at the Court Square Theatre on September 26, 2013 (41-F Court Square).   Screenings will be at 7:30 pm and tickets are $10 each. There will be 8 different films, with entirely different films from our previous shows in Staunton and Charlottesville.

The Harrisonburg show will feature One Plastic Beach, a film that tells the stories of people who are using creativity and innovation to help keep the world’s beaches “barefoot friendly.” Directed by renowned surf filmmaker Jason Baffa and produced by Farm League, the film profiles six passionate people who are working to help fix the global beach trash problem.

In addition to a variety of other short films listed below, Wild Virginia will be showing the Australian film, Generation Green which follows the journey of Patrick Hearps, a young chemical engineer working at an oil refinery, as he becomes increasingly concerned about his companies contribution towards adverse climate change. Torn between his career and a higher obligation of environmental stewardship Patrick’s courageous choices and eventual path forward highlight the actions needed to shape the world of tomorrow.

Attendees can win door prizes and a raffle.  Admission is $10 each night and advance tickets are available at Friendly City CO-OP and Walkabout Outfitters in Harrisonburg or online at www.wildvirginia.org. Wild Virginia will be offering special  $10 memberships at the door.

For more information and links to film trailers, visit the Wild Virginia website, www.wildvirginia.org.

Wild Virginia is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving wild forest ecosystems in Virginia’s National Forests.  Wild Virginia would like to thank the sponsors of our Film Festival:  Friendly City Co-op, Walkabout Outfitters, Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, Blue Ridge Outdoors, and HR Green Network.

Other films that will be shown on the evening include:

Eyes in the Forest
Miriam Needoba
(Canada, 2012, 13 min)
Follow experimental filmmaker Miriam Needoba in this rare view of British Columbia’s remote Selkirk Mountains as seen through the eyes of wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence.   Eyes in the Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence is both a restrained study of landscape and wildlife, and a conversation between two artists and their art forms.

Iara Lee
(Afghanistan, 2010, 2 min)
Most people might think that helmets, kneepads, and skateboards are unusual tools for rebuilding a society, but not Oliver Percovich, who in 2007 founded Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first and only co-ed skateboarding school. At Skateistan, girls are given the same opportunities that are afforded to boys and are provided a safe space where they can develop a sense of freedom

Public Lands, Private Profits: Too Special to Drill 
Pierre Kattar, Tom Kenworthy, Christy Goldfuss
(USA, 2012, 6 min)
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Sierra Club, undertook a series of video mini-documentaries that revealed three places held in the public trust threatened by pending proposals to mine and drill in or around them.

Stories of Trust:  Calling for Climate Recovery
WITNESS, Our Children’s Trust and the iMatter Campaign
Stories of TRUST is the perfect trifecta of law, science, justice and daring youth who are pursuing what has been recognized as the last best chance to protect our atmosphere.

Seasons:  Fall
Skip Armstrong, Ryan Bailey
(USA, 2010, 4 min)
Deep canyons with steep, spring fed creeks, make White Salmon, Washington a paddling paradise. This Autumn we caught up with White Salmon local Kate Wagner during a soul-session outside of her hometown.

The Denali Experiment
Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk
(USA, 2011, 16 min)
Free-ride skier Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and big mountain snowboarder Lucas Debari step out of their elements and make an attempt to climb, ski and snowboard Denali.

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