Patagonia's Wild and Scenic Film Festival
The Wild & Scenic On Tour brings together a selection of films from the nationally-recognized annual Patagonia Wild and Scenic Film festival held the second week of January in Nevada City, California.
Nov 07, 2008
from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
|Where||Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 East Jackson St, Medford|
|Contact Name||Lesley Adams|
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The films include narratives directly from people throughout the world engaged in mobilizing citizens to protect our natural resources and wild places. The films highlight the ‘tipping points’ that the planet is reaching, yet portray the ‘Turning of the Tides’ as communities realize and respond to these crises with creativity, resolve and heart. Join KS Wild and the Medford Congregational Church for an evening of inspiration, beauty, challenge and wonder as we host this exceptional film festival in Medford.
The Medford film line-up is as follows:
Special Premiere: “Run, Rogue, Run”
Filmed in September 2008 at the end of a high water rafting season, this film explores the need for protecting Oregon’s Wild Rogue River and its fish-bearing streams. KS Wild partnered with American Rivers, the Siskiyou Project, and the Epicocity Project, a film-making enterprise of a few young world-class kayakers.
Carpa Diem - 2 min.
Before sleeping, a child in her apartment is lovingly watching a fish
in the aquarium. In the meantime her younger brother is being mindless
of the open tap the water flowing out of the washbasin ... a waste that
could turn into a tragedy. Many awards,including: Best Short, Vatavaran
FF; Best Spot, Festival International Du Film Sur L’Énergie de
For the Price of a Cup of Coffee - 15 min.
Follow the life cycle of a paper cup and the environmental
repercussions of a society reliant on convenience. Filmed in the San
Francisco Bay Area with interviews from local activists and experts.
Maybe you’’ll remember now to bring your own cup to the cafe! Best
Documentary Epidemic Student Film Festival, Best Environmental
Documentary, Cabbagetown Short Film Festival, Toronto.
Against the Current - 19 min.
Growing towns and cities, sustained drought, the quest for national
energy independence, and climate change are all putting new pressures
on dwindling water supplies. In the face of such water demand, fish and
wildlife are often left out. And there is one simple fact: fish need
water. Told through the wisdom of four people, two ranchers, a
biologist, and an environmental lawyer, this film brings together
unexpected partners restoring a river.
Water Loving Doggies - 3 min.
There are places in this world and moments in time when PARADISE does exist ... join some furry friends down on the Yuba.
Empowered - 23 min.
“What kind of a human are you?” the Reverend Sally Bingham asks. This
question is the central challenge of emPOWERed, which renders the
sweeping issue of climate change in moral yet attainable terms. Against
the backdrop of run-away energy consumption, CO2 emissions and global
warming, a crusading home builder, an outspoken church minister and a
visionary school administrator show us that saving the planet can be as
simple as changing a light bulb.
Oil and Water - 33 min.
Two kayakers embark on an endless summer-style 35,000 km road trip from
Alaska to Argentina in a retro-outfitted Japanese fire truck without a
single drop of petroleum. They converted their regular diesel engine to
run on everything from pig lard to palm pulp and they traveled for 9
months in pursuit of the best whitewater in the Americas. The pair
coordinated with schools, local governments, farmers, agricultural
research centers and media to conduct demonstrations advocating for the
use of alternative energy all along the way. Best Environmental Film,
Taos MountainFilm, Everest Award Recipient for Advocacy.
Gimme Green - 27 min.
Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really
symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green
is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn
and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook
on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the
arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion
industry that fuels our nation’s largest irrigated crop—the lawn.
College Television Award, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Best
Documentary Short, Beverly Hills Shorts Festival; Best Documentary
Short, Phoenix FF; plus more.
Owens Lake - 4 min.
In 1913 water diversions by the city of Los Angeles, 250 miles away,
turned the largest lake in California into an alkali dry lakebed and
dust bowl; last year the city of L.A. was forced to control the dust
for violating the federal Clean Air Act and as a result of water being
released onto the lake bed, thousands upon thousands of migratory birds
have returned, some traveling from southern South America to Arctic
breeding grounds; 62 miles of the Lower Owen River has also been
restored; quite possibly the largest (and certainly unintentional)
restoration project in North America and the world.
Fridays at the Farm - 19 min.
Feeling disconnected from their food, a photographer/filmmaker and his
family decide to join a community-supported organic farm. Moving from
passive observer to active participant, the filmmaker photographs the
natural processes of food cultivation. Featuring lush time-lapse and
macrophotography sequences compiled from nearly 20,000 still images,
this personal essay is a meditation on the miracles of life. Best
Short, Green Film Festival, Seoul, Korea. Best Documentary, Sapporo
Short Film Festival, Japan.
Hybrid Pedal - 28 min.
Environmentalists and road bikers make a thousand-mile ride from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to draw attention to endangered wildlands in the Western United States. Along the way, riders rode through seven threatened areas and discussed the issues of each place with representatives from grassroots groups seeking to keep them wild.Click here for more information.