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Wild & Scenic Film Festival – virtual edition!

January 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



January 28, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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VIRTUAL Wild & Scenic Film Festival

January 28  from 6 – 8 pm

Virtual Lobby “Doors” at 5:30 pm / Films at 6:00 pm CST


Hosted by ARA, Energy Alabama, Waterkeepers Alabama and Flint River Conservation Association


Wild & Scenic Film Festival ON TOUR in Alabama for one night only as a virtual live stream event featuring an evening of films — from the comfort of your own living room! While we would love to gather in person, we can still gather on our couches and share a night of film together. You’ll still see some familiar faces and places and learn more about how you can support the work of environmental groups across the state!


You will be able to watch the program from your computer or on any Smart TV or streaming device.

Click here for more information on how to view the program or if you are experiencing any technical difficulty.


In Your Hands
Visceral imagery, emotional score, and a powerful speech by John F. Kennedy underscore a timeless theme: we come from the sea. 'In Your Hands' invites viewers to look inward and rediscover our connection with - and responsibility to - the natural world.
Big World
Wave Hands Like Clouds
Suspended in the airy expanse between heaven and Earth, highliners walk a thin, wiggly piece of nylon webbing that's been rigged between two points, very high up. 'Wave Hands Like Clouds' is an ode to finding focus and balance in a moment of exposed vulnerability that leaves the viewer breathless.
Homecoming - A Boundary Waters Story
Joe Fairbanks was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. In 'Homecoming,' he travels through the waters where he learned to paddle as a boy. Today, these are some of America's most endangered waters. Joe reflects on his battle with cancer and draws on connections to the landscape for strength and healing to illustrate the importance of nature preservation.
A Fisher's Right to Know
Fishers throughout East Alabama depend on the mighty Coosa River for food, recreation and a family pastime that goes back generations. But do fishermen and women -- and their families -- have a right to know which fish are safe to consume? Not currently in Alabama, the River State. Coosa Riverkeeper and other advocates are working to give fishers across the entire state that right.
Where the Wild Things Keep Playing
An ode to the athlete who relishes in getting dirty, who chuckles after a long day in the mountains, effortlessly glides through the crystal-clear waves and most importantly, is unapologetic in pursuing their love of getting rowdy in adventures.
Rocky Intertidal Zones (Oregon)
Filmed on the stunning Oregon Coast, this short film follows a 7-year-old boy as he explores rocky intertidal zones. Prehistoric creatures and art materials further inspire musings about ancient and present day life.
Words Have Power

Ten-year-old Jaysa's dynamic speeches at rallies and city hall catalyze her community against the coal-fired power plant that causes her asthma - and they succeed in shutting it down. Evoking social justice and environmental racism, she wonders why so many such plants are put in her neighborhood. The film's wonderful sound track is provided by her father, a reggae musician.
There's Something in the Water

“There’s two kinds of lakes in the South: them that’s got Giant Salvinia and them that’s about to have Giant Salvinia.”
Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas, but its delicate eco-system is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable invasive species of floating fern: Giant Salvinia. There’s Something in the Water is an 8-minute animated documentary featuring interviews with people who live and work on the lake, demonstrating the damage that has been caused, and how everyone can work together to try and fix it.
Detroit Hives

East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. 'Detroit Hives' explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.
Love, Trails and Dinosaurs

This heartwarming film tells the story of the first person with autism to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Garan Moore. His mother, Theresa, shares their story of a journey for weight loss that developed into a passion for hiking - and 900 miles later...one historic achievement.
Every Nine MinutesEvery nine minutes, the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) in plastic makes its way into our ocean. To call attention to this, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single-use, locally sourced plastic trash. Certified by Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.
See Animals
This short, animated film shows unwelcome changes in an uncertain future.
This Land
Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she's running 150 miles through three National Monuments that lie in the thick of the controversy around United States public lands.
Nature NowMade with no flights, recycled footage, and zero net carbon. Given away for free. Viewed 53 million times, played to the United Nations. This film is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate.



How does this work virtually?

It couldn’t be easier! Simply purchase your ticket and you will receive an email on the day of the show with a link to watch live along with us. Pop some popcorn and settle in for the show!

  1. Click here to buy your virtual ticket
  2. Share with your friends and invite them to join you virtually on January 28!
  3. You will receive a special link for the live stream event on Thursday, January 28. Simply click the link, sit back, and enjoy the show! Virtual Lobby “Doors” at 5:30 pm / Films at 6:00 pm CST

What types of films are shown at Wild & Scenic Film Festival?

At the festival, you’ll LEARN new ideas from a selection of inspiring environmental films with hard hitting topics including bioengineering, water issues, wilderness preservation, citizen activism and more. You’ll EXPERIENCE the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll EXPLORE the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers, and celebrities. And you’ll CELEBRATE the natural and wild world.



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