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Wild & Scenic Films - 2017

Below are the lists of films with descriptions for both nights of this year's film fest:

First Evening - February 10th

Think Like a Scientist: Gorongosa

2017 Official Selection | 7 min.

Neil Losin, Nate Dappen, Day's Edge Productions

It is estimated that more than a million people died over three decades of war in Mozambique--and another victim of the strife was Gorongosa National Park. More than 90 percent of the park's wildlife was killed, either for food, or, to harvest ivory to further fund the war. But out of this sadness comes hope, thanks to people like Greg Carr and a project to restore the park. A recent census counted 72,000 animals. "We've gained a lot of ground," Carr says. "I think I know what I'm doing for the rest of my life." 

Paul's Boots

2017 Official Selection | 37 min. 
Fitz Cahall, Isaiah Branch-Boyle, Duct Tape Then Beer 
Lynns husband, Paul, passed away in July 2015. He left behind polished hiking boots and a backpack for his dream hike: the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail. How good would it be, Lynn asked ,or his boots to make the journey even if Paul couldnt. Her plea launched an incredible journey. Pauls Boots follows the boots and the people who carried them. 

Selah: Water From Stone

2017 Official Selection | 8 min. 
Ben Masters, John Aldrich, Tito West, Skip Hobbie 
Fifty Years ago David Bamberger devoted his life to restoring a neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The result? Water from Stone. By restoring natural ecological functions, David filled hillside aquifers, brought springs back to life, created riparian habitat, and inspired a landscape movement. 

The Refuge

2017 Official Selection | 16 min. 
Alex Jablonski, Kahlil Hudson 
For hundreds of generations, the Gwich'in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. With their traditional culture now threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two women are continuing a decades-long fight to protect their land and future. 

Yellowstone's Northern Range

2017 Official Selection | 6 min. 
Steven M. Bumgardner 
The Northern Range is the hub of wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Occupying just 10 percent of the park, it is winter range for the largest elk herd in Yellowstone and is arguably the most carnivore-rich area in North America. Early predator removal changed the ecosystem and restoration of carnivores has had significant and unexpected impacts on the habitat. 

Second Evening - February 24th

The Wild President

2017 Official Selection | 6 min. 
Will Stauffer-Norris, Sinjin Eberle, Jacob Boling 
President Jimmy Carter, an unsung environmental hero, grew up in awe of natures wonder. But it wasnt until he first paddled the Chattooga Rivers Bull Sluice did he understand the power of a wild river. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, happening in 2018, President Carter urges all Americans to protect more wild rivers. 

The Elwah Undammed

2017 Official Selection | 25 min 
Jeff Gersh, David Fox, Diana Wilmar, Jan Mulder, Greg Bedinger 
The Elwha River in Port Angeles, Washington is the stage for the largest dam removal in American history. A century ago, a businessman dammed the waters of the Klallam people where 100-pound salmon cast their shadows. Behind the dynamite and bulldozers that erased Thomas Aldwellâ s dream is a saga of competing ideas about the purpose and meaning of a river. 

Mindful Vineyards

2017 Official Selection | 4 min. 
Kari Birdseye 
Amelia Ceja emigrated from Mexico when she was 12 years old to work in Napa Valley as a grape picker. The daughter of agricultural workers, Amelia met and befriended farmworker union founder Cesar Chavez as a child and honors his legacy today by operating a vineyard that prioritizes people and the planet. From farm-to-table she calls for justice in agriculture to protect some of the most vulnerable workers in the nation.

Fair Trade: The First Step

2017 Official Selection | 13 min. 
Alex Lowther, Michael Malagon, Campbell Brewer, Little Village Films 
How is your clothing made? Patagonias new short film investigates why choosing Fair Trade Certified clothing is an important first step toward changing the garment industry.

Ace and the Desert Dog

2017 Official Selection | 9 min. 
Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward, Stefan Hunt, Joe Peters, Max Lowe 
For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out for a 60-day backpacking trip in Utahs canyon country. The pair tells the story of their trek, friendship, and Genghis records it on his Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg. 

A Ghost In the Making

2017 Official Selection | 19 min. Neil Losin, Morgan Heim, Clay Bolt, Nate Dappen Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee has become his white whale. 

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