Film Line-up for 5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Fest – Saturday, Jan 9th 6pm

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Saturday, January 9, 2016


Spaceship Earth Passenger Briefing, Dave Gardner (2014, 2 min)

What if every passenger on our planet, Spaceship Earth, had to watch a quick safety video before takeoff? What advice would we get to avoid a crash or other disaster? Fasten your seatbelt and watch!


The Colorado River, Jeff Litton (2014, 5 min)

The Colorado River is more than beautiful, it sustains life for 11,000 species including us. Seasoned Expedition Leader Dave Edwards shares a funny story & what he takes away after almost 40 years of rowing down the Grand Canyon. We drink the river dry, but right now you can send 1,000 gallons back to the river by texting “RIVER” to 77177 or visit


Delta Dawn, Peter McBride (2014, 17 min)

The Colorado River hasn’t kissed the sea in almost two decades — until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddle board. With unpredictable adventure as the backdrop, filmmaker Pete McBride tells the story of Western water, a challenged Colorado River and the uplifting potential for environmental restoration via collaboration, all through his repeated experiences chasing a river to the sea.


Monarchs & Milkweed, Steven M. Bumgardner (2014, 8 min)

Take a microcosmic safari through a field of milkweed and discover a whole world of life, from bees to wasps to hummingbirds to butterflies. The charismatic Monarch butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed for its survival, and places like Yosemite National Park offer protection for this often overlooked plant.


Spine of the Continent, Alex Suber, David Spiegel, Brendan Boepple (2014, 17 min)

The paradigm of conservation biology is about to change. Climate change, the decline of carnivores on the landscape, and increasing habitat fragmentation all threaten the places that we cherish most: our national parks. Five students set out on a journey to discover what it will take to protect these places into the future.


Gila’s Fight, Chris Theulen (2015, 2 min)

Deep in America’s Southwest, an ecosystem provides life. Under threat from a water diversion project, the Gila fights.


Gila River: Up Against the Wall, Kate Brown (2016, 3 min)

Footage from WNMU New Media professor Peter Bill and students’ projections on the Murray Hotel in Silver City, NM, with trumpet accompaniment by WNMU’s Danny Reyes, during the 2015 Gila River Festival, forms the basis for this short piece with added digital collage and animation.


Everywhere is a Gila, David S. Smith (2015, 3 min)

Using its unique combination of tools: flight, film, and education, CAVU empowers people to take meaningful action on critical conservation and social justice issues in their own communities.  CAVU’s short film about the Gila River features a spoken word poem by Albuquerque inaugural poet laureate Hakim Bellamy that encourages us to protect New Mexico’s last free-flowing river. Produced in collaboration with Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club. More information at


Earthbook, Bernd Hezel, Ephraim Broschkowski (2014, 2 min)

What would Planet Earth post about humans on its profile? The Earth fast forwards through a virtual relationship with humans — but soon starts to ask itself whether it wants to be friends with a species that exploits its national resources and threatens animals and plants.


A Line in the Sand, Justin Clifton, Chris Cresci (2014, 2 min)

If you only had 2 minutes to advocate for Wilderness, what would you say?


The Story of Place, Sinuhe Xavier, Justin Clifton (2014, 8 min)

Deep into the unprotected territory of Southeastern Utah, Author Craig Childs narrates the story of this grand landscape, how it has shaped each and every one of us, and the threats this wild landscape is currently facing.


Thirsty for Justice, Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Ian Slattery (2014, 39 min)

In the richest nation on earth – and the wealthiest state in the nation – how can so many people lack access to safe, affordable water for their basic human needs? Thirsty for Justice shares powerful stories of those who suffer from this assault on their personal health and human dignity, as well as the inspiring story of the grassroots movement that made the human right to water the law of the land in California.


Why I Think The World Should End, Brandon Sloan (2014, 5 min)

Experience this spoken word call to action from Prince Ea.