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Wild & Scenic Film Festival starts Jan. 17


The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns this month to Nevada City for a 17th year bringing the best and brightest environmental and adventure films.

In December, the film festival unveiled its lineup of 150 environmental and activist films, including 15 world premieres, to be shown at the five-day event in Nevada City and Grass Valley on Jan. 17-21. 

The festival features activist workshops, music, art exhibits, youth programs and opportunities to meet filmmakers and special guests at venues throughout Nevada City and Grass Valley.

Hosted and produced by South Yuba River Citizens League, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival of its kind. 

“With more than 150 environmental and adventure films featured this year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival aims to inform, challenge and delight — but most of all, we hope our audiences are inspired to make positive changes in their own communities,” said Jorie Emory, festival producer. 

Some of the marquee films to be presented at the festival include:

• “Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future” reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed Western forests to large, high intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming. 

• “A New View of the Moon” is a three-minute film that inspires a sense of awe and wonder at the universe.

• “Living in the Future’s Past,” narrated by Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges, is an 85-minute tour de force that provides original insights into subconscious motivations and how fundamental animal nature influences the future of human-

• “The Need to Grow,” narrated by Rosario Dawson, is a solution-packed, cutting edge, story-driven journey into the lives of those working to fix a broken food system. 

• “The Weight of Water” is the story of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind man taking on an absurdly improbable challenge: Kayaking the Grand Canyon.

For ticket and more information, visit WildandScenicFilmFestival.org.

The five-day festival will be held at venues in Nevada City and Grass Valley.