Wild & Scenic Film Festival ~ Children & Youth Matinee

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Children & Youth Matinee

The Park Center, Hayward

Films begin at 1PM on Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Coralax (6 min)


Inspired by Dr. Suess’s The Lorax, this claymation by four Maui middle school students uses 667 images to show how irresponsible shoreline development can impact our precious reef ecosystem.


The Curious Snail (1 min)


Immerse yourself in the beauty of a snail’s simple and small world. As we view their life up-close, you will see that a simple sludge to a puddle of water can be a mere expedition in their eyes! Diving even deeper, you will notice how these small smiley creatures move around their habitat.


The Squeakiest Roar (4 min)


“The Squeakiest Roar tells the story of a little lion called Bapoto. He is desperate to have a big, loud roar like his brothers and sisters, but every time he tries, Bapoto makes a very different sound. His roar is high and squeaky.  Saddened, Bapoto decides he will never roar again. Until one day he stumbles across an animal choir, who help Bapoto realise the beauty of his unique, squeaky roar.”


Elk Grass (2 min)


Combining traditional techniques with new animation technology, this animated music video for the song ‘Elk Grass’ by Pete Van Leeuwen captures the spirit of the lonely Elk Mountain and his longing for a companion. Elk Mountain is home to abounding wildlife, but he can only stiffly observe them in his rocky form. Elk Mountain communes with the night stars and finds and way to beckon a elk cow to wander inside his ear-cave. Told in an abstract and dreamy manner, the viewer floats in and out through space around the lonely mountain, capturing the serenity and isolation inherent in nature.


Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia (4 min)


Biodiversity. It’s in the rivers of the Amazon, the jungles of Borneo, the coral reefs of Belize… oh, and the creeks of Tennessee. That’s right, southern Appalachia is a little-known hotspot for aquatic life and is home to some wildly diverse fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish and other critters. Hidden Rivers takes an immersive look at the little-known creatures of these waters, their striking beauty and extreme vulnerability. The films also reveal how some Southerners are finding new ways to explore and celebrate this precious life, and reminding us all that biodiversity is everywhere and rivers are always deeper than you think! (4 min)


I Heard (3 min)


A Seussical glimpse into more than 110 million acres of designated wilderness that we have to enjoy in the US. The Sierra Club tapped award-winning filmmaker Michael Ramsey to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Featuring young actors Finella Guy and Oliver Lamond-Ramsey and some of our countries most iconic places and natures most incredible creatures. (3 min)


My First Fish (7 min)


My First Fish is a story about a boy’s first experience going steelhead fishing with his father on the Trinity River in Northern California. The film is focuses on the perspective of a child in this new magical environment and the exciting moment of catching his first fish. After and epic battle, the boy has a chance to hold the fish and once they make eye contact, the memory is etched into the child’s brain forever instilling a connection to the wild and the foundation for environmental stewardship. Then upon releasing the fish back into the river, we see him staring deeply into the water and the fish looking back at him, and its this connection to nature that will live on the child’s heart for years to come.


Monarch & Milkweed (8 min)


Take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.


The Ridge (7 min)


Danny Macaskill is a very good bike rider. A very, very good bike rider. Come along for the ride as he climbs a mountain near his home on the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the Cuillin Ridgeline. (8 min)


Bounce (4 min)


Soccer. Football. It’s the world’s most popular game. For two years, Guillaume Blanchet traveled with his ball as a faithful companion. The result is Bounce.


Be sure to check out our adult Film Festival Event for the evening program!