Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 6:00pm

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday December 1, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, U of MN Humphrey Institute, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis 55454
Join the Sierra Club, Midwest Mountaineering and Patagonia for an environmental film festival: Films to change your world. Tickets $10 at Midwest Mountaineering or can be purchased online ($3 service fee) at www.midwestmtn.com/tickets

Proceeds to the Sierra Club North Star Chapter. Contact: margaret.levin@sierraclub.org

FILMS TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD: The Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Minneapolis!

Minneapolis - Join the Sierra Club North Star Chapter and Midwest Mountaineering when they host the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour at the Humphrey Center’s Cowles Auditorium on Saturday, December 1st at 6 p.m. in Minneapolis.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held in Nevada City, CA which is now its 10th year. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. Films featured at the tour venue in Minneapolis explore different locations across the globe that illustrate Earth’s beauty and inform the audience of what communities are doing around the world to protect the environment.

Follow a team of rock climbers as they travel across the roads of Chad to a mysterious land of unclimbed sandstone towers. “Mother Nature’s Child” examines what it means to educate the whole child, and what children in the age of media are missing: the outdoors. Learn about the benefits of unstructured outdoor play and an urban connection with nature. “An Ill Wind” shows the impacts of toxic coal ash on the Moapa River Indian Reservation near Las Vegas. And two selections from “The New Environmentalists,” narrated by Robert Redford, spotlight passionate activists who are safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources and creating extraordinary change.

The festival is a natural extension of the Sierra Club’s work to explore, enjoy and protect Minnesota’s environment. “Sierra Club members are working statewide to move beyond coal to clean energy, advance transportation choices, and preserve wild places for generations to come,” said Margaret Levin, State Director of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter. “These films will inspire viewers to act.”

Midwest Mountaineering Expo Manager Bear Paulsen said the film festival was a reflection of their values and core beliefs. “We're excited to host a film festival that supports our mission and passion for the outdoors, while encouraging viewers to protect the outdoors.” Co-sponsored by Midwest Mountaineering and Patagonia, festival proceeds will benefit the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.

The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003 and now tours nationally to over 100 communities.