This year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases more than a dozen award-winning, family-friendly films about nature, adventure and conservation. The week-long event begins with an in-person premiere party on Saturday, June 11, at the Brenau University Charles D. Walters Theatre at 6:30 p.m. It will continue with online access to films through June 17.
“The Wild & Scenic Festival is an absolutely inspiring opportunity for us to gather in appreciation of the natural wonder we all share,” said Mallory Pendleton, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers’ Headwaters outreach manager, who organizes the festival. “To be able to celebrate these stories together is really meaningful on its own, but to be able to do so in a way that will preserve our local resources is all the more special.”
These are some of the films that will be shown during the festival:
I Am Cheo: Inspired by the poem “I Am Joaquin” by Chicano poet Corky Gonzales, this film tells the story of a young boy named Cheo who realizes that he is formed by the natural places around him – but they need his help.
Denizens of the Steep: The film explores the intersection of backcountry recreation and the conservation of an iconic species of big horn sheep in Grand Teton National Park.
Can’t Beat This Place For Fun: Flagstaff’s Fretwater Boatworks defines the process, and deep conservation legacy, of building Grand Canyon dory’s – with fun at every bend.
Protecting the Monarch Butterfly: Land restoration near Niagara Falls is giving refuge to a beloved butterfly and setting an example for wildlife protection everywhere.
Finding Salmon: Follow 11-year-old, Keyona, into a wondrous world of trees, water, and friendly fish … and find the spirit of Salmon Watch, a program that connects Oregon youth to their backyard river ecosystems.
CRK’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival includes an online silent auction, where attendees and friends can bid on items and experiences in support of CRK’s mission.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.chattahoochee.org/wildscenic. Online viewing tickets start at $15 per household and include a raffle entry to win a kayak rental for four in the Chattahoochee’s headwaters and an annual membership to CRK. Premiere party tickets start at $30, which also include a raffle entry, membership, complimentary beverages and refreshments from Left Nut Brewing Co., and a steel commemorative cup.