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Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2013

Arts and Entertainment

February 20, 2013

From: Land Trust of the Treasure Valley

The Film Festival showcases independent, award-winning films that tell the story of communities around the world working to preserve and protect the environment.

Film Program - 13 Films

When the Pot Boiled Over
A period documentary of the 1959 foothills fires and subsequent flooding that led to a significant land management decision to dig trenches in the foothills, still evident today, to prevent future floods.   (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1959, 15 min.)

Public Lands: Too Special to Drill
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Sierra Club, undertook a series of video mini-documentaries that revealed three places held in the public trust threatened by pending proposals to mine and drill in or around them. In Part Three, natural gas drilling would bring an ignoble end to Wyoming’s spectacular Noble Basin and its residents’ exceptional way of life. (6min)

Ernest          
Ernest Wilkerson is struggling to hold onto an independent lifestyle while facing a changing world and his own advancing age. Born in 1924, this humble mountain man cherishes his active life: “I cannot picture myself just sittin’ around doing nothin’.” A local legend in Monte Vista, Colorado, Wilkerson learned to fend for himself at a young age, becoming a government-hired wildlife trapper, taxidermist, conservationist and teacher of backcountry survival skills. His specialty is snow caves, but he says, “Your best survival tool is your brain.” (USA, 2012, 5min)

New Environmentalists: Artic Garden
Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat indigenous leader, takes aim at the threat of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Sea which threatens her people and the region’s biodiversity. (USA, 2012, 4min)

Brower Youth Award - Jacob Glass
Straddling the Idaho-Montana border, the 88,000-acre Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area is one of the largest remaining wild areas in the region. Inspired by the “soaring proud pines, migratory moose herds, and pristine air” of the region, Jacob Glass produced En Plein Air, a film that documents the efforts of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, a grassroots group formed in 2005 to get federal wilderness protection for the region. The documentary, by Glass’s film company Wildman Pictures, focuses on two painters who use their artwork to convey their appreciation for the mountains. En Plein Air received nationwide media attention and dramatically increased Friends of Scotchman Peaks’ membership. The surge of public support for the wilderness designation led to endorsements from many area chambers of commerce and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. (USA, 4min)

Eyes in the Forest
Follow experimental filmmaker Miriam Needoba in this rare view of British Columbia’s remote Selkirk Mountains as seen through the eyes of wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence. Interweaving the startling imagery of Lawrence’s still photography with Needoba’s sublime cinematography, Eyes in the Forest: The Portraiture of Jim Lawrence is both a restrained study of landscape and wildlife, and a conversation between two artists and their art forms. (Canada, 2012, 13min)         

Dancing Salmon Home
In the Beginning, when the living beings emerged from the Sacred Spring on Mt. Shasta, Salmon gave her voice to Human. The Winnemem Wintu people remember that gift and maintain their ceremonies, despite hardship and loss. In 1945, the 600-foot tall Shasta Dam flooded their homes, drowned their river, and stopped their Chinook salmon runs. Now, tribal members travel to New Zealand to meet their surviving salmon relatives for the first time in generations. They hold four days of ceremony, forge enduring bonds with their Maori hosts, and come back to press their plan to bring their salmon relatives home. (USA, 2012, 15min)

Intermission

The Man Who Lived on His Bike          
I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad. After 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes quite hot - and sometimes quite scared, I dedicate this movie to him. Best Short Film, Francophone FF; Jury, Boston Bike FF; People's Choice, Bike Reel FF. (Canada, 2012, 3min)

Facing Climate Change-Potato Farmers
John O’Conner grew Idaho potatoes where they had never been grown before. Then – with mountain snowpack dwindling – the state bought his water permanently drying up the farmland. This short film is part of a series that explores global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest. (5min)  

Quest for Energy
Four million off-grid Indians are ready to save their precious World Heritage site with sustainable ways of living. They are already living virtually carbon-free in the world's most unique and largest wetland. Two of their islands have vanished because of rising sea levels due to the effects of climate change. Low-cost coal or kerosene produces a carbon-footprint; fossil fuels are not a viable option. Instead, solar panels, hybrid power plants, and cow manure are local solutions. With 1.3 billion people still looking to get electricity in the world, these sustainable options may just save our planet.(USA, 2012, 10min)

Young Voices for the Planet - Olivia's Birds
Olivia loves her New York forest and the Louisiana gulf coast where her grandparents live. When the BP Oil Spill devastates the coast, Olivia creates 500 paintings of her feathered friends to raise funds for Audubon's bird rescue. (7min)

Sage Grouse in the Schools
The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, in partnership with the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners, is using a real-life western challenge to engage youth in hands-on conservation.  The sage-grouse in schools program gets high school students outdoors to learn about sage-grouse conservation.  (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 3 min.)       

Streams of Consequence         
In summer 2010, photographer James ‘Q’ Martin and conservation biologist Chris Kassar started an organization called Rios Libres. The organization uses multi-media to join the fight to protect the wild lands of Patagonia from proposed dams that threaten two of the most pristine rivers in one of the world’s most spectacular regions.

Last April, Q traveled south once again and landed in the thick of some of the largest anti-dam protests the country has ever seen. He captured historic footage of the protests, then spent nine weeks traveling the length of the country talking to gauchos, scientists, activists and the public in search of answers. The result is a solution-based film that addresses the hard questions that remained unanswered in Rios Libres’s first film: “What does an alternative energy model look like?” “How do the Chileans feel about it?” and “Could Chile become a global leader by gaining energy independence via green technology?” (USA, 2012, 25min)

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time: 7:00pm

Location:
Egyptian Theater
700 Main Street,
Boise, ID 83702

Cost:
Adults $12.00 in advance; $15.00 day of show
Students 15 & older: $5.00
Youth 14 & under: Free at the door