The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

On Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Harrisonburg Court Square Wild Virginia (a non-profit grassroots organization based in Charlottesville Virginia that focuses on preserving eco systems in Virginia’s national forests) will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. The festival has been held four times previously in Charlottesville and Staunton. This is the first year the festival will be held in Harrisonburg with hopes that the turn out will be enough to bring the festival back yearly. Misty Boos, the Wild Virginia Managing and Development Director, said, “We work in the George Washington National Forest even though our organization is based in Charlottesville. The film festival is a fun and engaging way to reach out to more communities along the GWNF and spread the word about our conservation work.”

photo provided by Wild Virginia

photo provided by Wild Virginia

Tickets cost $10, with volunteer opportunities lowering the price of admission. To volunteer email misty@wildvirginia.org, various positions such as ushering and ticket taking are still available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Friendly City CO-OP, Walkabout Outfitters, or online at www.wildvirginia. org. The film festival will also include an opportunity for attendees to win door prizes and raffles. The eight films that are being featured cover a multitude of environmental issues from pollution of the ocean to the effects of drilling for oil on the Earth. They strive to open people’s eyes to the beauty of the Earth and the destruction that it is facing, while hoping to inspire people to speak out against the practices that harm the Earth.

“We hope that people come, enjoy the films, build community with other like minded citizens, and leave inspired to take action to protect the GWNF. We will have an action item available at the festival so people can immediately make a move to protect the forests. We will have a letter on hand attendees can sign to ban fracking in GWNF.”

“One Plastic Beach”, tells the story of six people who are trying to keep the beaches “barefoot” friendly by coming up with new and innovative ways to keep the beach debris free. The film is directed by Jason Baffa and produced by Farm League.

“Generation Green”, follows the story of a young chemical engineer named Patrick Hearps who is working at an oil refinery. While working there he becomes concerned about the effects that his company’s business was having on the Earth specifically regarding climate change. In the film Patrick has to choose between his career and the health of the environment, his chosen path highlights a life that will shape the world of tomorrow in a positive way. “One Plastic Beach” and “Generation Green” are the tow main fils of the evening with six others highlighting various other environmental issues.

“Eyes in the Forest,” “Skateistan,” “Public Lands, Private Profits: Too Special to Drill,” “Stories of Trust: Calling for Climate Recovery,” “Seasons: Fall,” and “ The Denali Experiment” are the names of the rest of the films that will be featured. For the descriptions of each as well as trailers go to the Wild Virginia website.

“What I love about the festival is it really inspires in a way many environmental films do not. The audience leaves excited and empowered to take action to protect our beautiful wild places, said Boos.”

-Devon Fore, Feature Editor


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