2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Selections

Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia


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)


River of Eden


Join filmmaker Pete McBride, a National Geographic Freshwater Hero, on a journey into the Fijian Highlands to discover why the locals said “no” to easy money from resource extraction, and how they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth. (5 min)


Common Ground


Several ranching and farming communities living against the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana are faced with the decision of what is to become of this unprotected public land. As the community battles with the idea of proposing more wilderness areas, heritage and tradition are seemingly defended on both sides. When the people begin to raise their voices, they come to find that what is feared most is change. (18 min)


The Wilderness Act: 50th Anniversary


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, this film captures what drove us as a nation to create the Wilderness Act. Those motivations are partially rooted in the fight to protect, but also the wonderment of seeing and feeling these lands and realizing their priceless value to not only nature, but human nature. (8 min)


I Heard


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)


Oceans North ~ Protecting Manitoba’s Beluga Estuaries


Each summer, as the sea ice recedes, more than 57,000 beluga whales return to the estuaries along stunning western Hudson Bay in Manitoba. There they mate, molt, and feed, safe from predators.

But the whales need protection from potential risks like the impact of oil spills or traffic-related noise that threaten to move in through the Port of Churchill. (5 min)


The Ridge


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)


Restoring Hope


Watershed restoration. It’s evolving into more than just a water issue across the country. Walkways, wildlife, willows. They are all rearranging from the roads to the river. Jackknife Creek in Southeast Idaho is the poster child for this evolution. It’s where everything is considered when everyone works together to restore hope. (14 min)


Pride of Namibia


Namibia is home to one of the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told. “Pride of Namibia” tells the story of communities committed to protecting wildlife, of a nation that has enshrined conservation into its constitution, and of the future of responsible travel – tourism that directly benefits the people who give wildlife freedom to roam. (6 min)


The Value of Land Trusts from Gathering Waters


This powerful film demonstrates the value of land trusts in Wisconsin through 3 stories from around the state. See how the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is important to the state’s economy, land, water, and way of life. (12 min)


Couderay Waters Historic Watershed Paddle Tour

Paddling with Birch sm

Paddle into the past and trace a historic local waterway between Grindstone and Lac Courte Oreilles, led by local historian Tom Heinrich. Explore the natural beauty of the Hayward area, and watch for eagles, loons and other signs of wildlife as we paddle in the strokes of many who came before.   This tour will be offered again on July 11, 2015 in partnership with the Natural Resources Foundations Field Trip Program. (5 min)



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