Over a Dozen Short Adventure and Outdoors Films
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 over 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!
Exciting films you will see at this year’s festival:
Your Rivers Need You (Red River Gorge feature): The Red River in Kentucky was slated to be dammed in the early 60s and young landowner Joe Bowen supported it. He even gave the speech in favor of the dam against Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and the Sierra Club. Not anymore. “In 75 years of living, I’ve changed my attitude about this wild river. The river is ours. So if it’s ours, then it’s also our responsibility. I want my great-grandchildren to see what I have seen.” In 1993, the Red River received Wild & Scenic River Designation. (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).
Moonline: When night falls on the mountains, it is by no means time to go to bed for Valentin Delluc. It’s in the dark that one of the best speed riders in the world finds a whole new playground. Like a firefly, it illuminates the darkness…(2 minutes).
Adventure, Not War: U.S. veterans Stacey Bare, Robin Brown, and Matthew Griffin travel back into the mountains of Iraq on a mission to heal wounds and experience the country and its culture without the shadow of war. Adventure Not War reveals a seldom seen beautiful underbelly in a place of devastation and creates space for healing wounds deeper than flesh and bones. (25 minutes). “Stacey is a personal friend. I hope his journey is one that will make a memorable impression on you.— Lane Boldman, KCC Director.
Clay Bolt: Clay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer for World Wildlife Fund and has been featured in prominent magazines such as National Geographic. Affectionately referred to as the bug guy, Clay explains how and why he focuses on 99% of life on earth that is smaller than your finger. (4 minutes).
Space to Explore: Natalie Panek has spent her life focused on her biggest dream – to be the first to set foot on another planet. Natalie is an aerospace engineer, a pilot, an influencer, an avid explorer, and has made it to the top 100 of astronaut candidates. On an outdoor adventure to the Mars-like terrain of Moab, Utah she searches with her friend to reconcile life’s stumbles, redirections, and challenges in the pursuit of space travel. (14 minutes).
Growing Together: Sierra Harvest educates, inspires and connects families to fresh, local seasonal foods through farm to school education, training the next generation of farmers, and supporting low-income families in growing food at home. Their programs reach 96% of the K-8 students in Western Nevada County, CA. Prepare to get inspired by this regional model of food systems change. (10 minutes).
March of the Newts: Follow one of the forest’s funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection… and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease. (5 minutes).
Escape: JaBig, a Montreal-based DJ, is on a quest to beat the record for the longest continuous bike ride in a single country. Join him on the last day of his ride to discover what happens when you stop listening to all the reasons why you shouldn’t, and listen to the voice inside you, telling you to go. (8 minutes).
Our National Parks Belong to Everyone..So Why Are They So White?: 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 things will only get worse with the current cultural divide. 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). “KCC works for equity and inclusion on our priority issues. This film demonstrates where there is much work to be done.”
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). “One of KCC’s priorities this year is to support wildlife corridor projects in Kentucky. This film demonstrates the importance of functioning corridor projects in other states.”
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).
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).
Sacred Strides: Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears – and to send a message of unity. The Sacred Strides for Healing Prayer Run wove from tribal homelands across the Southwest to Bears Ears. Watch to meet the people who are participating in the public lands conversation with their feet and learn about why this land is so important to them.
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). More information: www.yourforestsyourfuture.org
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.
A Sample of Auction Items to Date:
- CycleYou Lexington: Passes for five Cycling Classes
- Canoe Kentucky: Four passes to their River & Buffalo Trace Tour
- Buffalo Trace: Gift Basket Assortment
- Good Foods Co-Op: Gift Basket
- Michele’s Garden & Greenhouse: Native Plant Basket
- Sorella Gelateria: Gellato Gift Card
…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!
Be a Sponsor!