8th Annual Gila River Festival Three-Minute Film Fest

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As part of the 8th annual Gila River Festival, the Gila Conservation Coalition is hosting its first Three-Minute Film Fest on Saturday, September 15 at 4pm at the Silco Theater at 311 N. Bullard St.

The Gila River Festival’s Three-Minute Film Fest incorporates this year’s festival theme: “The Wild River Speaks,” focused on stories of the Gila. Submissions consider thematic elements related to the role of the Gila River in our lives, as the ecological lifeblood of our area; as a connection to nature, our cultural and natural history and sense of place; and as an integral part of human spirituality.

Home to the nation’s first wilderness area, the Gila River in New Mexico is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the southwest. Those who explore the Gila River’s watershed know that the largely wild flow of the Gila River is the lifeblood of this national treasure and must be preserved for all time.

Prizes will be awarded following the premier of the films and include a Michael Berman original edition of his soon to be released book, Gila: Radical Visions / The Enduring Silence, as well as a photographic print from the book. Michael Berman is a recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2012 NM Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. To preview his latest work, as well as experience his previous work, visit his website, fragmentedimages.com/.