Over a Dozen Short Adventure and Outdoors Films
OUR THANKS to Solar Energy Solutions, J&H Outfitters, West 6th Brewing, Republic Bank and Good Foods Co-Op for being our first sponsors for the 2019 Festival!
Thursday, August 22nd at the Kentucky Theatre
Silent Auction at 6:30 pm,
Film Showings begin at 7:00 pm
The Kentucky Conservation Committee will be hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Thursday, August 22nd at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington. Come for two hours of exciting outdoor adventure short films, and silent auction sponsored by the Kentucky Conservation Foundation. Over a dozen short films for one low price!
Films you may see at this year’s festival (final selections TBD):
Aiden’s Butterflies: Meet 11-year-old Aiden Wang, who has been growing milkweed and harboring and releasing Monarch Butterflies since he was 6 years old. We join Aiden in a journey ranging from nature preserves to city streets as he meets new friends and asks us all to help preserve the endangered beautiful monarch butterfly with its dependence on the diminishing supply of milkweed. (14 minutes).
Carving Landscapes: Atypical for her time, Mary Vaux defies all gender roles, mountain weather, and traditions to spark the first glaciology study in North America. Her perseverance brings her back to the same glacier for five decades. (6 minutes).
Climbing Out of Disaster: In the immediate aftermath of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria, a group of local climbers bands together to use their skills and knowledge for the greater good of the community.(8 minutes).
Escape: JaBig, a Montreal-based DJ, buys a bike on a whim and decides to attempt to beat the record for the longest continuous bike ride in a single country. What’s more, he’ll ride a single-speed, fixed-gear bicycle and finish in the winter, approaching the Arctic Ocean by way of Canada’s northernmost continental hamlet, Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories. We pick up with him as he’s closing in on his endpoint along a 188km-long ice road. In his final kilometres, he falls more times than he has in the previous 17,000km combined. JaBig knows he is where he is meant to be, but the final hours will push him further than he ever imagined. The journey is bleak and beautiful at the same time, and JaBig’s story will make you pause, asking yourself, “where would I go from here?” (8 minutes).
For the Love of Mary: First-time 97-year-old runner, George Etzweiler, completed the race up the northeast’s tallest peak, Mount Washington, when he was 69 years old. Despite having a pacemaker, the State College, Pennsylvania resident competes in the grueling 7.6-mile race up nearly 4,700 feet of paved road, breaking his own record each year for the oldest finisher. In addition to his ancient, lucky, green running shorts, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years, Mary. (6 minutes).
The Last Green Thread: Amidst the backdrop of massive development and population growth, three friends embark on a journey through the Everglades Headwaters in Florida to survey a fragile wilderness corridor before it disappears forever.(18 minutes).
How You Can Shape the Future of your Wild & Scenic Rivers: In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, protected rivers across the country are updating their management plans for the first time in decades. Now is our chance to have a say in how these rivers are managed for ourselves and for generations to come. Check out our animated infographic for a quick, easy run-down of why your voice matters and how to speak up for your favorite rivers. They’re your forests and your rivers, learn how you can make an impact today! (2 minutes).
Our National Parks Belong to Everyone: Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Watch our video to learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks’ future. (5 minutes).
Wild Utah: America’s Red Rock Wilderness: This short documentary advocates for protecting more than 9 million acres of federally managed public lands as Wilderness, areas of pristine natural beauty, unique and untrammeled ecosystems, and unfathomable cultural significance. WILD UTAH: America’s Red Rock Wilderness takes the viewer through the varied landscape and draws upon diverse voices to tell the story of why these lands are worth protecting and what can be done to ensure these public lands are protected for generations to come. (9 minutes).
And Thanks to last year’s local sponsors of the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival!
Anticipated Event Schedule (subject to change based on final film selection):
6:30 Doors open, Silent Auction Begins
- Silent Auction sponsored by the Ky. Conservation Foundation
- Explore National Sponsor and Local Sponsor tables
- Introduction to the Kentucky Conservation Committee
- Door Prize drawing #1
7:10 Wild & Scenic Films Part 1
- Door Prize drawing #2
- Auction Last Call. Final bids conclude at end of intermission.
Wild & Scenic Films Part 2
9:45 Film fest concludes. Auction winners pick up their items.
…and…a Silent Auction!
This film event will also include a special Silent Auction sponsored by the Kentucky Conservation Foundation.
Watch this space for our list of auction items!
…plus…a chance to win raffle items!
Each attendee has a chance to win raffle items listed below and more! KCC members: Bring a friend to the festival, and you both receive an extra chance to win!
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