WSFF: Dear Governor Brown

 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is January 14-18 in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California. Films screening Friday, January 14, include the North American Premier of “Dear Governor Brown.” Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster will be in attendance for the screening, which is part of the film session “Water in the West” at the Miner’s Foundry, Stone Hall at 7pm. This film exposes the California governor’s support, or at least tolerance, for fracking and other dangerous oil extraction techniques. While widely considered an environmentally aware lawmaker, Bowermaster reveals the discrepancy between practices occurring today in California and the typical politic-speak frequently quoted by Governor Brown.

Executive Producer Mark Ruffalo adds a bit of Hollywood-heft to the professional production values of the short and impactful 25-minute “Dear Governor Brown”. Interviews with climate experts, California farmers, and families living near fracked wells explore the damage fracking and dangerous drilling cause to the climate, as well as the Golden State’s air, water, food production and public health. Viewers may be shocked to find so many of California’s treasured destinations and resources so precariously exposed and exploited. Fracking and other unsafe oil extraction processes are occurring in areas where the poor have little choice in avoiding contact with contaminated air, water and the very food grown from untested water resources. Watching the film, it is apparent that the general lack of awareness on fracking in California is complicated not only by a perception that policies and testing are place, but by the lack of a unified voice in rural and poor communities.

“This powerful film is a stark reminder to Governor Jerry Brown that climate leaders don’t frack,” said Kassie Siegel, a California resident and director of the Center’s Climate Law Institute. “Fracking and dangerous drilling are making Californians sick, and extreme oil extraction poses a devastating danger to our climate. By backing fracking, Governor Brown threatens to undermine everything California is doing in the fight against global warming.” “Dear Governor Brown” was screened in Paris on December 5 as part of an educational event sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch, simultaneous to Governor Brown’s appearances at the United Nations climate summit. California is experiencing a severe drought while sparsely available water is being dangerously polluted.

Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster is a veteran to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and looks forward to visiting Nevada County. Asked about his motivation in making this film, he noted “ California has extreme resource extraction at the same time as it has in office one of the greenest governors in America. Governor Brown is however, consistently on the wrong side of this issue. In his public speaking, he urges consumers to use less, never facing the fact that we need to produce less.”

Californians live in the United States’ third-largest oil-producing state, yet there is little awareness of the extensive constant dangers and health encroachments oil production presents. “Dear Governor Brown” is an invitation to Gov. Jerry Brown to listen to the farmers, families and communities threatened by fracking in California.

About Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Founded in 2003, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) is January 14-18 in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California. WSFF tickets range from an all-inclusive Friends of the Yuba pass for $375, to $25 for most screening sessions, divided by evening, afternoon and morning and location. Additionally, there are film sessions suited for students and children, starting at $8 per ticket. Over 100 films will be shown, including a number of World and North American premieres. Filmmakers, activists, environmentalists and outdoor heads from all stripes will be in attendance as the streets of Nevada City and Grass Valley come alive with vibrant, engaging events—film, music, lectures, and art all blend to create an atmosphere of inspiring activism. Many events are free and open to the public. Get details at http://wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/ .

About Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster and “Dear Governor Brown”

Bowermaster is a noted oceans expert, award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker, adventurer and six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. He is the author of 11 books and producer of more than a dozen documentary films, including the celebrated New York anti-fracking film “Dear Governor Cuomo.” This will be his fifth visit as a participating filmmaker to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. He wrote and directed “Dear Governor Brown”.

“Dear Governor Brown” will be shown throughout North America beginning in February 2016. Watch for upcoming additional screenings here.

About Reviewer Pamela Biery

Pamela Biery’s independent film reviews have appeared in Sierra Club’s Green Life, Orion magazine’s blog, Sacramento News & Review, gtweekly.com/, crosscut.com and yubanet.com. Film festivals covered include Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Seattle Independent Film Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival. See PamelaB.com for other articles and information.

 

Open Letter Concerning Yuba River Fisheries

yuba_cairn_6Dear US Army Corps or Engineers,

This is a personal letter. I was raised in the Pacific Northwest. My hometown of Bellingham Washington was homeport for many boats that routinely did the Alaska Salmon run. My neighbors were fishermen. Being raised with abundant salmon, that were part of a way of life, having toured spawning grounds from childhood, and had every manner of abundant salmon prepared in our home as part of seasonal festivities, the notion that salmon may pass away in my lifetime is huge. What does this mean for us, as a people if we let this happen? Can you have a healthy river system without native species? These are big questions, and they break down into manageable actions.

I urge you to authorize the study for salmon habitat and repopulation on the Yuba River. I recognize the tremendous sensitivity to water supply in these drought conditions and seek inclusive processes that allow for responsible governing, water supply and the preservation and restoration of resources, which includes native species.

Salmon numbers have dropped from 1 million 100 years ago to just a few thousand today. In 2002, almost 70,000 salmon died in front of the Native Americans due to water control issues. The decline of salmon should startle us into action, but has it?

Salmon is and always will be a personal issue for me. Life is personal. Habitat is personal. Quality of life includes the species that were here thousands of years before us. If we do not provide habitat for threatened species, what lays ahead for children, our grandchildren and us?

The Yuba River is Nevada County’s water source, running from the Sierra to the Valley. Please take steps to restore the Yuba as a vital fishery, protecting habitat, water and the future for threatened species.

Authorize the initial study proposed by John Garamendi for fish passage and accommodations. As governing agencies, be prepared to act to include salmon and fisheries in water resource planning with the immediacy that is appropriate to the drastic need.

The Yuba River is an essential part of my home. Protecting fisheries is protecting water resources and our critical life source. Thank you for taking appropriate action.

Sincerely,

Pamela Biery

 

published at YubaNet.com

NOT Another Climate Change Movie

This-Changes-Everything_Final-692x1024Film maker Avi Lewis brings author Naomi Klein’s best-selling non-fiction book, “This Changes Everything” to the screen as a 90 minute documentary. Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, “This Changes Everything” attempts to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the Nevada Theatre Film Series present this special showing. “This Changes Everything” is being shown in more than 70 cities across the USA during the week of October 19, 2015.

“This Changes Everything” asks the question “what if global warming isn’t only a crisis. What if it the best chance we are ever going to get to build a better world?” Instead of viewing climate change as a crisis, we can flip this issue and treat climate change as a catalyst, giving us permission for radical change.

A film that offers powerful insights into grassroots movements and a rare slice of hope is certainly worth seeing.

See trailer here.

“There are limits. Let’s celebrate the limits because we can reinvent a different future.” from the film, “This Changes Everything.”

 

What: Special Screening

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2105 7pm

Where: Nevada Theatre, Nevada City

Cultural Soil: Giving in a Way that Grows

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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America. Apart from its distinguished record of showing over 100 films for thirteen years running, the story behind the Wild & Scenic On Tour is about a corporate giving program that is as tightly woven as a Maidu willow basket.

Early on, Patagonia developed a sponsorship with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to support taking the selected films on tour. One way that manifested is through a grant program; environmental non-profits apply for a grant to reduce the cost of hosting a screening. Approved grantees receive a grant to offset fees, allowing them to establish their signature event over time and use proceeds from screening the films to fund their organization.

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.47.29 PMThis does several things all at once: more people see these inspiring, independent outdoor films; community groups have a means to raise funds (often for environmental projects); and the Wild & Scenic gains a stream of funding to support their founding organization, the South Yuba River Citizens League. Think about this for a moment. Patagonia and sponsors are engaged at an organizational level in triple bottom line practices—this demonstrates their commitment in what they sponsor and how they sponsor events. Giving through holistic, unified planning provides more than interesting entertainment for their customers, avid outdoors enthusiasts: it returns increased awareness and conservation for wild places.

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.27.56 PMThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival educates, inspires and brings activism into a common language through film and then gives back to its founding organization, South Yuba Citizen’s League—this model represents a level of change that is embedded in cultural context, not a superficial action.

Wild & Scenic On Tour visited over 120 destinations last year and will reach even more audiences in 2015. This year’s films include inspiring personal projects, outrageous adventures and pristine corners of the world rarely seen. Each film has a story of how and why it was made. These lovingly crafted, sometimes incredibly daring, works of cinematic story telling provide a cure for apathy and disillusionment. They are often from first person perspectives and represent months and even years of work. Each film represents someone’s passion.

The 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival took me from a family’s choice to live off-grid in the Yukon wilderness to some of the boldest snowboarding imaginable in the Himalayas. In between, were short films that spoke to water resources, permaculture planning and Edward Abbey’s remarkable legacy. They tell tales of hope, tragedy, environmental redemption and the remarkable resilience of both Earth and the human spirit.

When I glance at the list of films included last year in Wild & Scenic On Tour, I see a richness and vision that somehow permeates this singularly unique festival. I feel the pull of first-person stories, told sometimes from a distinctive slant, sometimes objectively—but always with great care and love, not only for the outdoors, but also humans’ place and part in this landscape.

From high adventure to a California farming town’s fight for safe drinking water, Wild & Scenic is front and center with issues that are happening all around us. Beyond the films, is an invitation to expand corporate social responsibility in a meaningful way—building engaged enthusiasts at a grassroots level.

Here is a sampling of 2015 touring films:

Thirsty for Justice: The struggle for the human right to water

Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Ian Slattery (2014, 39 min)

In the wealthiest state in the nation, how can so many lack access to safe, affordable water for basic human needs? Thirsty for Justice shares powerful stories of those who suffer and of the inspiring local movement which, against all odds, made the human right to water the law of the land in California. This film demonstrates the will of people to work together to come together for basic human right—safe water.

A Line in the Sand

Justin Clifton, Chris Cresci (2014, 2 min)

Edward Abbey’s words have always been deliberately provocative – especially when said in defense of the desert landscape he loved so much. The words in this film are a mash-up of quotes from speeches to articles, to interviews and books. Abbey may well be one of America’s most memorable environmental activists.

Adventures With a Purpose: A Higher Calling

Sasha Motivala, Ryan Mayo, Todd Jones, Steve Jones, Gregg Epstein (2014, 15 min)

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 4.15.27 PMRenowned snowboarder, Jeremy Jones, teams up with Clif Bar and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation to study glacial fresh water reserves across the globe. Get the facts with Dr. Natalie Kehrwald and ride with Jeremy Jones as he collects ice samples from the high peaks of the Himalaya, on a mission to protect the places where we play. Ice core samples provide unique carbon dating that gives special meaning to a bold adventure.

See a full list of 2015 Wild & Scenic On Tour Films here.

Learn how to enter your film for 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival here.

Wild & Scenic On Tour has over 140 locations scheduled so far. Tour destinations are posted 4-6 weeks prior to screening. Want to know if a town near you is screening films or how to book Wild & Scenic Film Festival? Visit www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.

Each year in America, millions are spent on big box-office films. Some are documentaries or independent films, but by far and away most express the messages that are commercially acceptable and as well worn as my hiking boots. This year, take a moment for a cinematographic adventure and look a filmmaker straight in the eye and learn what’s real to them.

Full details at www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.

About the Author

Pamela Biery is a California based freelance writer and communications consultant. Writing has been published by Sierra magazine (the Sierra Club), Orion blog, Crosscut and Sacramento News & Review. Her digital chapbook, Yuba Poems is available on iBooks. An unillustrated edition is available on Kindle at Amazon.

SBC—People Planet, Profit

Yuba_middlefork_bieryLast spring, when snow was still on the ground in sad little clumps, I began some conversations with Lucy Blake and Steve Frisch about Sierra Business Council’s beginnings, goals and the perspective they will bring to their 20th Anniversary Conference,  Peak Innovation at Lake Tahoe’s Granlibakken October 8-10, 2014.

These conversations, notes and interviews eventually became an article, just out in Sierra Heritage magazine.

The process of writing became a great study for creating environmental change, as I saw how many key connections in the Sierra had grown through a core group of concerned and skilled business folk.

SBC President Steve Frisch, summed up SBC’s overarching philosophy “We live in a world with finite resources and big problems. Change is possible, and we can make change by creating economic models where we value social and economic benefits. Real prosperity is when we earn more and we improve our environment and community at the same time. SBC is advancing and managing change with a goal of long-term sustainability.”

If you or someone you know wants higher engagement and better inclusive solutions for people, planet and profit, then SBC seeks your participation. This event is for local businesses, educators, active citizens and community workers.  Speakers include Van Jones and Terry Tempest Williams.

Peak Innovation: Sierra Business Council 2014 Conference

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 @ 4:00PM – Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 12:00PM

Hosted by Sierra Business Council @ Granlibakken Resort

3-day and individual day passes available. Learn more and reserve at: http://sbc.nonprofitsoapbox.com/upcoming-events/event/1

Yuba River Book on iTunes

Swimming_into_SunsetsMy slim chapbook of Yuba River photos and images has become an e-book, offered at iTunes.

Swimming Into Sunsets is available as an e-book on the iTunes book store for $4.99. 20% or more of book proceeds will be donated to the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL). Learn more at yubariver.org/.

 

I am honored to have these comments come to me from some of my favorite authors and poets:

“If you love a place enough, and take the time to listen to what it is saying, the poetry of that place will reveal itself to you. This kind of attention has given us a new collection of poems in Swimming Into Sunsets. Dive into these page and hear the sound of water on stone and remember feel the summer air once again on your skin.”—John (Jack) Muir Laws, naturalist, artist and author The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds (2012), Sierra Birds: a Hiker’s Guide (2004), The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada (2007).

 

“Pamela’s Yuba River insights are those of an intimate observer and a loving neighbor.”—Jeffrey Kacirk, author Forgotten English.

 

“A beautiful book of poems, whistling from the river, by Pamela Biery.  Her words and photos are inspiring and lyrical, carrying us like water to her favorite river spots in this relaxing, healing, vibrant little book.” —Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge, author of poemcrazy: freeing your life with words and Foolsgold, a book on creative process.

 

“Pamela’s Biery has produced a lovely small e-book of stunning photos and thought-provoking, lilting commentary in poetry and prose about one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Yuba River watershed.  It was a deep pleasure for me, having left behind this landscape which, hiking it, always felt like my natural home, to experience the glorious photos and share in Biery’s contemplative experience of moving through it.”—Gail Entrekin, Editor, Canary: A Literary Magazine of the Environmental Crisis

 

 

Purchase by downloading iTunes and visiting the iTunes Store:

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From Out of Mud, Grows A Lotus

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Mud

Release date: April 26, 2013 (USA)

Director: Jeff Nichols

Running time: 135 minutes

Screenplay: Jeff Nichols

Producers: Lisa Maria Falcone, Sarah Green, Aaron Ryder

Somewhere in the midst of summer blockbuster releases is a quiet film that just might be worth changing your schedule to see…changing your schedule that is, to a non-prime time theater experience, as this gem finds itself being screened at 11am and 5pm here in Nevada County, making room for bigger dollar draws, like Hangover III and Fast and Furious 6.

Mud has a 99% rating with Rotten Tomatoes, the review site where the film Lincoln received 83%. But that isn’t why I changed my dinner plans and persuaded other friends to do the same—Mud held a promise for a wonderful combination of talented star power, an intriguing script and homage to a great work of American literature, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mud kept all promises and beyond this surprised me with a wonderful parallel of modern Southern life along the Mississippi.

Nichols draws powerful performances from Matthey McConaughey, Sam Shepard and Reese Witherspoon, but just like with Hick Finn, the story really is told through two river rats, Ellis and Neckbone, played by young actors Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, respectively. The imagery and sensibility are potent and gothic in a way unique to the South—everything dark and primeval seems to percolate right to the surface of the swirling, muddy Mississippi.

Mud is a questionable character the boys find on a remote island. He engages the two youngsters in various ways, as they learn his past, his future becomes entangled with their own. In the midst of the turmoil, Ellis’ whole life seems to be collapsing and at the crux of this moment, he finds his way into the mysterious and baffling realm of teen romance.

Cinematographer Adam Stone seems to relish offering visual contrasts of colliding emotional and physical realities, catching us between the world of the Mississippi and turgid Southern small-town life. There is one sequence where Ellis, determined to do what is right, urgently navigates highway traffic on a dirt bike, hair blowing in the wind, his jaw set, as SUVs hurtle past him. So vulnerable, yet willing to take the risk…a visual allegory for many moments in a meaningful life.

Check local times and if you can, see this film. The blockbusters will roll on this summer like the mighty Mississippi, but this sweet sliver of well-crafted cinema will slip by without careful attention.

Rethinking Homeless Signs

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Tidily written on a piece of corrugate cardboard torn from a box, the senior couple stands near their usual corner in Boulder, Colorado: “We Never Thought it would come to This.”

For many, the sign of the times is a piece of cardboard, held by a homeless person seeking food, shelter, work or perhaps just a smile. The 14 minute short film Good Karma $1 starts with an intellectual notion and follows it back to the human heart and a social dilemma without a clear solution.

Alex Bogusky, former Crispin Porter + Bogusky Creative Director, one-time star of Madison Avenue, saw these signs as a communication challenge, reducing the essence of advertising to the most basic premise. A few years back, he started collecting them, buying them from their makers, often for around $10.   Bogusky’s accolades include Creative Director of the Decade, so named by Adweek magazine’s Best of 2000s, and induction to the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement. Since leaving the agency in 2010, Bogusky has been using his skills for sustainable change as a founding partner at Common and FearLess Cottage.

Good Karma $1 really began as a fascination by Alex Bogusky with street-level philanthropy and communication that happens through windshields and open car windows. Media team Kids At Play saw a break in their schedule and flew to Boulder, Colorado, where Bogusky is currently based, to take a closer look and film this documentary, a rare opportunity to direct with full charge of a creative project.

In the most classic documentary formula, the filmmakers became not just narrators, but they found themselves evolving with the story as a ribbon of exchange developed between themselves, Bogusky and the homeless sign-bearers being interviewed.

Bogusky’s notion was a basic one, one advertisers face each day: can these signs be designed, stated or presented in a way to make more money? Director Amy Laslett found that at a certain point, the team understood that Good Karma $1 was not about signs, but about the people holding these signs and the barriers we put up to avoid confronting uncomfortable realities in our communities.

Good Karma $1 was co-produced by Kids At Play and FearLess Cottage. It has been accepted into numerous short film festivals through out the US and Europe.  Current screening dates can be found at: http://www.shootonline.com/go/index.php?name=Release&op=view&id=rs-web3-2741584-1345338730-2

On one of the last days of shooting, Bogusky took to the street with his own sign as a test for his advertising skill. Although well dressed and known in the community, when a colleague he knew well drove past, he failed to see the waving and smiling Bogusky. This was a lesson Bogusky and the film crew did not expect to learn—for many, holding a sign means becoming completely invisible.

Future plans being considered include a touring exhibit of the signs, online resources and possible airtime on cable television (yes, you can request on HBO, Current TV or Ovation).  The filmmakers would like to see the discussion continue into the educational realm as well, possibly supplementing curriculum in middle grade or high schools.

Good Karma $1 left me with a greater understanding of daily habits that insulate me from the world I live in. A worthy view. In a few short minutes, smile, shed a tear and open the window to fellow humans.

http://www.kidsatplaymedia.com/work/good-karma-1/

About
Kids At Play (KAP) is a one-stop production company that creates content for motion picture, television and digital mediums. KAP team is young, eager, creative – and nimble, allowing for immediate starts on some of the most compelling projects in video.  Good Karma $1 screening inquiries can be directed to play@kidsatplaymedia.com.

Learn more about Alex Bogusky’s current projects at http://www.common.is and fearlessrevolution.com/

Lately

Watch for articles from me at Yubanet.com, like this one on Bill McKibben and also guest blog spots at Orion Magazine blog and  Sierra Club’s Movie Review Friday.

There is much afoot, and I’ll be posting links here from time on work occurring across the boards, including footnotes on social—which filters through my twitter feed on these pages.

Happy spring and may your garden be filled with fragrant blossoms.

 

Photo courtesy of Ananda College of Living Wisdom

Changing Currents – Wild & Scenic Film Festival

It started simply enough for me, Julia Butterfly was attending the 2006 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California and I wanted to interview her. In that moment, my role shifted from attendee to participant. I knew it would be worth doing, but didn’t account for how incredible the stories of each film could be. These stories were the driving passion for filmmakers, often filling several years of their lives. There was so much that was brave, beautiful and hopeful going on out in the world — Wild & Scenic films bear witness to a type of engaged activism that is truly inspiring. Reviewing these underexposed films became a special project for me — a way to contribute.

The Wild & Scenic celebrated its 10th Anniversary January 13-15, 2012, on the heels of a very sobering 2011. The mood was different than in past years — the notion of recognizing accomplishments was dwarfed by the need for ongoing work, connecting with community and moving important initiatives forward. Over 4,000 people attended films, workshops, music and street performances around this historic Gold-Rush town. It struck me that people were not so much getting together to party as to plan, connecting with kindred activists. Since the Wild & Scenic’s beginning with founding organization South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL), it has been a festival ‘by activists, for activists’. This seemed truer than ever in 2012.

Not just the film venues were buzzing with 100+ films, there was standing room only for many of the workshops, including a local community effort to keep the South Yuba River State Parks open. The parks are among 70 State Parks slated to close in July 2012, as part of California’s attempt to align spending with a greatly diminished budget.

I sounded out a couple members of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival jury for their take on the films and the tenor of the 2012 Wild & Scenic. Aaron Leventman is the producer of the Bioneers Moving Image Festival, part of the Bioneers Conference, and has also worked with the Sundance Film Festival and Santa Fe Film Center.  Catherine Stifter is a two-time Peabody award-winning independent editor and producer for community media projects around the US.  Both Aaron and Catherine watched some 50 films pre-festival in preparation for the award selection and review process.

While attendance was down slightly, Stifter noticed many more films dealing with social justice issues. “I was impressed by the number of films with social, not just environmental, content.” Leventman sees film festivals playing a new role. “People see the need and value for festivals where like-minded audiences can come together to share ideas, make contacts, and strengthen partnerships. These films demonstrate the most important issues of our time.”

I asked Catherine, who has attended in years past, if she felt more of a drive for change as part of the Wild & Scenic. She agreed, noting there is an urgent need for connection, for new ideas, for understanding how similar ideas are playing out in different parts of the country, even different countries — a perspective that is unique to the festival setting. “I think that filmmakers are feeling the urgency of connecting with many more viewers and activists. We were talking to ourselves a while back. We can’t afford to do that now. We need to widen the circle of concern and activism.”

John de Graaf and Laura Muskanski led a workshop to begin a ‘Happiness Initiative’ in Nevada County as part of their ongoing work at www.happycounts.org. de Graaf is a veteran Wild & Scenic filmmaker, who has an annual award named for him.  We spent a few minutes talking over changes that are afoot and the things that seem constant over the last decade. “What you hear consistently from filmmakers is ‘I made a film because I wanted to make a difference.’ The Wild & Scenic is not a vanity festival — it has stuck to its roots of inspiring activism. Films overall strike me as extremely practical this year, with a focus on community and policy changes.”  de Graaf mentioned especially enjoying the People’s Choice Award film ‘Rock the Boat’ by Thea Mercouffer and George Wolfe.  It’s a simple film about a courageous act, which just happened to result in re-writing the EPA policy for 51 miles of the Los Angeles River. As a film it is an entertaining, sometimes satirical look at the world, but about real activism with solid results. “It strikes me that the films this year are a lot less heavy handed, with a bit more fun, or sense of humor. As in other years, the Wild & Scenic is a constant cast of new faces, not the same folks year after year.”

I left the 2012 Wild & Scenic thinking about John Trudell’s remarks on the opening night — what stays with me are not the words — but the energy of his potent commitment to change, and the way this looks after three decades, not a few days.

I am older than America. — John Trudell

Wild & Scenic 2012 Award Winners

Best of Festival

Into Eternity

Spirit of Activism

The Naked Option

Most Inspiring Adventure Film

Kadoma

Jury Awards

Windfall
You’ve Been Trumped

We Still Live Here

 

Best Short Short
The Story of Broke

Student Filmmaker Award

Roots & Hollers

John de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award
Mill Valley Film Group, The New Environmentalists

People’s Choice Award
Rock the Boat

Honorable Mentions

Food Stamped

Liter of Light

Chasing Water

 

Best Children’s Film (Children’s Jury Selection)
Origins: Obe and Ashima

Honorable Mentions for Best Children’s Film
The Shark Riddle

Animal Beatbox


The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour is available throughout the United States, bringing select programs to local communities. Online calendar here: http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/on-tour/tour-calendar/

 

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