April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 23, at WNC Carson City

WNC Presents Environmental Film Festival

Wild and Scenic Film Festival plays Thursday, April 23, at WNC Carson City.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival plays Thursday, April 23, at WNC Carson City.

Western Nevada College celebrates Earth Week with an all-ages film festival on Thursday, April 23. "The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival" will begin at 7 p.m. in Marlette Hall, Cedar Building and run about three hours. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission: $5 with a WNC ID, $8 general.

Running from five to 35 minutes each, the films will showcase a wide range of filmmaking from animated shorts to real life adventures and experiences. Two of the films have direct ties to Nevada and Lake Tahoe.

Festival organizer Valerie Andersen said, "Not only will you be entertained, but also motivated to help make our world a better place. You'll experience the adrenalin of outdoor adventures, explore important issues and movements, see how others have made a difference, and maybe, think about what you could do to help."

The festival is sponsored by the South Yuba River Citizens League, Patagonia, and Clif Bars and includes a number of exhibitors: Carson City Parks and Recreation Department, The Nature Conservancy's Carson City River Project, the Sierra Club; Friends of Nevada Wilderness, and University of California, Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

Films include:
180 Degrees South - A new film told through the eyes of climber/surfer/writer Jeff Johnson during a six-month voyage to South America to climb a mythical peak called Corcovado.

AK The Hard Way - Made by a Tahoe filmmaker, the film follows three skiers at different points in their ski lives. They embark upon a 3,000-mile road trip from Squaw Valley to the glacial peaks of southern Alaska, with stops at Mt. Baker, Whistler, and Smithers, BC. The skiers skip the helicopters for the "earn your turn" experience.

Fridays at the Farm - Feeling disconnected from their food, a photographer/filmmaker and his family decides to join a community-supported organic farm. Moving from passive observer to active participant, the filmmaker photographs the natural processes of food cultivation. Features lush time-lapse and macro-photography sequences compiled from nearly 20,000 still images.

American Outrage - Carrie and Mary Dann are feisty elderly Western Shoshone sisters who have always grazed their livestock on the range outside their ranch in north central Nevada. That range is part of 60 million acres recognized by the U.S. as Western Shoshone land in the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley. In 1974, the U.S. sued the Dann sisters for trespassing on United States Public Land without a permit. Their dispute swept to the United States Supreme Court and eventually to the United Nations. The film examines why the U.S. would spend millions prosecuting and persecuting two elderly women grazing a few hundred horses and cows in a desolate desert.

The Good Life Parable: An MBA Meets a Fisherman - A businessman meets a fisherman on a small island. He tries to teach the fisherman about business but the fisherman teaches him about life.

Global Focus - Russia - Marina Rikhvanova - As Russia expanded its petroleum and nuclear interests, Rikhvanova campaigned to protect Siberia's Lake Baikal, one of the world's most important bodies of fresh water, from environmental devastation brought on by these polluting industries.

Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars - In 2006, Governor Rick Perry of Texas fast-tracked an initiative that would give a private enterprise, TXU, authority to produce 11 new coal plants, all using antiquated technology that would lead to disastrous results in terms of air quality. But a coalition of mayors statewide worked tirelessly to commence a battle for clean air. The movement was bipartisan, and included Republican representatives, ranchers, farmers, and ordinary people.

The Truth About Aerial Hunting of Wolves - Alaska is truly our nation's last frontier. It is also the last place in the U.S. where a few hunters still use aircraft to chase and kill wolves and other animals. More than 30 years ago, Congress put an end to aerial hunting. But Alaska is exploiting a loophole in federal law to resume the practice. SOME DISTURBING FOOTAGE.

Litterball - A short film that illustrates the power of vision. If everyone wore rose-colored glasses, our positive outlook could change the world. Solutions are as easy as changing perspective.

Carpa Diem - Before sleeping, a child in her apartment is lovingly watching a fish in the aquarium. In the meantime her younger brother is being mindless of the open tap the water flowing out of the washbasin ... a waste that could turn into a tragedy.

Renewal - In communities across America, people are rolling up their sleeves in practical and far-reaching ways. Offering a profound message of hope, this film shows people driven by their spiritual and religious convictions, being called to re-examine what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. The full-feature film presents eight individual stories of Americans around the nation in different faith traditions who are working to become better stewards of the environment.

For more information please contact Katie Leao at 445-3324.

Press Release: March 31, 2009

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