Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival makes its Whitehorse debut in March 2015. Considered one of the premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

The films slated to screen in Whitehorse are:

Common Ground
Directed by Alexandria Bombach
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. (2014, 18 min)

Dryden- The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game
Directed by Chris Jordan-Bloch and Kathleen Sutcliffe
The industry kept saying: 'We have the power; you have none. We are coming. Get out of the way or leave,'' said Joanne Cipolla-Dennis, recalling what happened when the oil and gas industry came to her town of Dryden, NY. But Joanne and her neighbors came up with a plan. This is the true story of people who discovered their shared strength and turned the tables on a powerful industry. (2014, 11 min)
Directed by Bernd Hezel and Ephraim Broschkowski
What would Planet Earth post about humans on its profile? The Earth fast forwards through a virtual relationship with humans -- but soon starts to ask itself whether it wants to be friends with a species that exploits its national resources and threatens animals and plants. (2014, 2 min)

I Heard
Directed and Produced by Michael Ramsey, Abbey Smith, and Stacy Bare
A Seuss-esque journey into some of the 110+ million acres of designated American wilderness that we have to enjoy. Award-winning filmmaker Michael Ramsey's short film celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act which ensures that we will have places "...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." (2014, 3 min)

The Little Things
Directed by Darcy Turenne and Marie-France Roy
The Little Things' features professional snowboarders who have chosen to be outspoken and make positive changes towards a sustainable environment. This film is an initiative taken on by one of snowboarding's most influential riders, Marie-France Roy, and directed by Darcy Turenne, in hopes of inspiring others towards sustainability through inspirational speakers like award-winning scientist David Suzuki, positive ideas, and leading a healthy lifestyle. The key messaging is not to point fingers at what people are doing wrong, but to showcase some of the little things that people can do to contribute to the future of our environment. (2014, 47 min)

Pride of Namibia
Directed by Andy Maser and Jenny Nichols
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. (2014, 6 min)

River of Eden
Directed by Peter McBride
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. (2014, 5 min)

Spine of the Continent
Directed by Alex Suber, David Spiegel and Brendan Boepple
The paradigm of conservation biology is about to change. Climate change, the decline of carnivores on the landscape, and increasing habitat fragmentation all threaten the places that we cherish most: our national parks. Five students set out on a journey to discover what it will take to protect these places into the future. (2014, 17 min)

CPAWS Yukon is also excited to announce that the newest film from National Geographic filmmaker, Andy Maser, will be premiered at this event.  Headwaters of the Wild was created from last summer’s International League of Conservation Photographers trip into the Peel Watershed.  The film will be introduced by photographers Peter Mather and Tomohiro Uemura, who took part in the trip.


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at https://eventbrite.com/event/15658215143/ or in person at CPAWS Yukon (506 Steele Street)

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