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Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Escalante, UT

  • Escalante High School 800 E. Utah 12 Escalante, UT, 84726 United States (map)

Kick off Escalante Canyons Art Festival with a showcase of films celebrating the great outdoors. View the beauty of earth through the eyes of storytellers in love with the landscapes they encounter.

2018 Film Selections

The Salmon Will Run This is the story of Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the journey to bring our salmon home. Though they are not a federally recognized tribe and are small in numbers, the Winnemem Wintu have made tremendous strides in achieving their mission. They have galvanized people across the country, made their way into federal agency meeting rooms, and have raised $80,000. Our film brings our audience to the heart of the issue, helping them understand what is at stake, and why they need to be involved.

Blue Ventures In 2004, frustrated by failed marine conservation efforts, marine biologist Alasdair Harris encouraged a coastal Madagascar community to close off a small section of their octopus-fishing area. A few months later, the community saw huge increases in their catch and incomes. The model went viral, showing the world that protecting the ocean can and should go hand-in-hand with improving lives.

The Refuge For hundreds of generations, the Gwich in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. With their traditional culture now threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two women are continuing a decades-long fight to protect their land and future.

Tenkara Kid This film hearkens back to the time in our youth when fishing gear was easily carried in one hand, when we measured our trips in steps, when each fish mattered and every species was relished. This film is a reminder to preserve these waters for the generations to come.

Yellowstone's Northern Ranger The Northern Range is the hub of wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Occupying just 10 percent of the park, it is winter range for the largest elk herd in Yellowstone and is arguably the most carnivore-rich area in North America. Early predator removal changed the ecosystem and restoration of carnivores has had significant and unexpected impacts on the habitat.

The Elwha River Undammed: What's a River For? The Elwha River in Port Angeles, Washington is the stage for the largest dam removal in American history. A century ago, a businessman dammed the waters of the Klallam people where 100-pound salmon cast their shadows. Behind the dynamite and bulldozers that erased Thomas Aldwell's dream is a saga of competing ideas about the purpose and meaning of a river.

*Waters of the West (Special Film Selection) Water in the West is a series of stories about the people working to address threats to water supply in the Colorado River basin and find conservation solutions that make economic sense for people and communities. Learn more: https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.or...

One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts Director Peter Bycks short filmOne Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to, as Will says, the industrialization of agriculture.

The Mirnavator Ultra-runners overcome obstacles on every trail. While competing in her first 50K trail race of the season, Mirna Valerio must overcome the negative voices that don’t believe she belongs in the sport.

Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries Humans construct boundaries around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations to bring order to a chaotic world. But we rarely consider how these boundaries affect other creatures. Meet conservation photographer Krista Schlyer, who has spent the last seven years documenting the environmental effects of the U.S./Mexico border wall, and biologist Jon Beckmann, who studies how man-made barriers influence the movement of wildlife. Schlyer and Beckmann have seen damaging impacts of the border wall firsthand, but they remain optimistic. Humans probably wont stop constructing walls and fences any time soon, but planning our boundaries with wildlife in mind can help prevent these structures from causing environmental harm.

Forget Shorter Showers Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal solutions.

Irreparable Harm The Tlingit people have called the vibrant coastline of Southeast Alaska home for over 10,000 years, and continue to practice a way of life intimately tied to the ocean and the largest remaining temperate rainforest on earth. Now, contamination from industrial mining is threatening the safety of the wild food sources that make Alaska so unique. Irreparable Harm gives powerful voices to the Alaska Native communities and conservation groups standing up to protect the cultural and ecological values that make this magnificent marine ecosystem an irreplaceable treasure.


About Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a nonprofit river conservation organization located in Nevada City, CA in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The organization was formed in 1983 when a small group of concerned citizens banded together to fight against several proposed dams. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of achieving Wild & Scenic status on 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The flagship festival kicks off each January in Nevada City, CA with 100+ films, art, music, activist workshops, and more. Once the curtain closes in Nevada City, SYRCL shares their success with other organizations by taking the film festival On Tour to 150+ communities worldwide. The tour is building a grassroots network of organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism.

Earlier Event: September 11
Glen Canyon Lecture Series
Later Event: September 22
National Park Fee Free Day