“Where Activism Gets Inspired:” Wild & Scenic Film Festival
From Japan’s biodiverse seas home to endangered species to the vast and beautiful landscape of southeastern Oregon, Wile & Scenic Festival isn’t holding back in their 16th annual film festival.
Friday, November 9 the film festival is coming to the Historic Ashland Armory. Sales Manager for the On Tour Program Theresa Huck says, “We would like to inspire attendees to act on behalf of our planet. Our mission is to increase the groundswell for the environmental movement.”
Huck went to her first Wild & Scenic Film Festival in 2008. “I was not environmentally conscious,” she says. “The first film I saw was about single use plastics. From that moment on, my life was changed. I believe the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is an important outreach tool. Our events average 170 new contacts, and I believe that in those audiences there are more people, just like me.”
The film festival is dedicated to highlighting organizations or individuals working to improve ecosystems and communities globally. The festival also consists of panel discussions, art exhibitions, wine tastings, an award ceremony, and more.
The festival received more than 450 submissions and out of those around 120 are screened at the festival’s home location in Nevada City. While 70 films go on tour, 11 of them will be screened at the Ashland Armory and will be presented by Rogue Riverkeeper.
One of Huck’s favorite films that will be screened on Nov. 9 is Water Warrior by Michael Premo. The 20 minute film is about a Texas-based company searching for natural gas in Brunswick Canada. Locals and organizations set up road blockades and lead resistances to cease drilling. Another one of her favorites that will be screened the same day is A Letter to Congress. The short 3 minute film won 2018 Best Short. It is about “Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage—our public lands—to private and corporate interests.”
“Where Activism Gets Inspired” is the festival’s tagline and theme. Each year it shares breathtaking films to sold out crowds and moves to more locations, like Middletown, Ohio, Crossville, Tennessee, and Salmon, Idaho.
The event on Nov. 9 will have a silent auction and happy hour starting at 5 pm. Local river guide with Rogue River Journeys and Training Director for Waterkeeper Alliance Katherine Luscher will be the keynote speaker.
16th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival
5 – 9 pm, Saturday, November 9
Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak Street, Ashland
$10 – $50