Wild and Scenic

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
comes to the Yuba Theatre in Downieville

If you missed the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City last January, here is your chance to see many of the featured films as the festival tour heads upriver to the Yuba Theatre in Downieville on September 24 and 25, 2010, at 7:00pm.  Nestled in the North Yuba River canyon, a stone’s throw from the river itself, the Yuba Theatre is the perfect place to enjoy this exciting series of adventure, environmental, and nature films.  You’ll experience the adrenalin of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks, and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers, and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and wild world in ways you never dreamed possible.
Among the featured films is Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators a Wild & Scenic Honorable Mention Award 2010.  Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence are finding their way back: from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West.
 “Images act as irrefutable evidence of the beauty of our planet and the critical resources we can’t afford to lose,” says Cristina Mittermeier, President of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). “We need strong, credible images to give a voice to places that cannot speak for themselves.” In July 2009 the ILCP sent a team of photographers, scientists, local conservation organizations, and cameramen to the Flathead River Valley in British Columbia to document  the beauty and the destruction of this area, which is threatened by mountain top removal and methane drilling proposals.  See the results of this expedition in Flathead Wild.  
You may hug a tree, but would you climb one? Join tree lovers & climbers Brian and Will as they attempt to find Oregon's largest Sitka Spruce trees in Ascending the Giants.  
The National Parks: This is America was filmed at some of nature's most spectacular locales from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska it is nonetheless a story of people.
The Yuba River is the life blood of the Sierras.  We drink its water and recreate ourselves on its banks.  This festival is being held in tandem with watershed clean-up throughout the Sierra and locally will be spearheaded by Downieville School and the Sierra County Firesafe and Watershed Council.   The South Yuba River Citizens League(SYRCL), organizer and host of the Wild & Scenic Festival, will also be part of a coordinated effort by many groups to give back to the river that gives us so much.  For a full program schedule and information on how to sign up for watershed clean-up on the North Yuba, please check the Sierra County Arts Council website: www.sierracountyartscouncil.org.  A production of the Sierra County Arts Council, State-Local Partner with the California Arts Council. $12 gen. admission, $8 senior 64 + and Children under 12.  Tickets available on-line through Brown Paper Tickets, at the Briar Patch Community Market in Grass Valley, and at Downieville Grocery.  To order with a credit card over the phone  call BPT at  1(800)838-8006 (please specify event code 117424).  Further information at (530)289-9822.

When:    Fri. Sept. 24 & Sat. Sept. 257:00 pm  Doors open at 6:30
Where:    The Yuba Theatre, Hwy. 49, Downieville
Tickets:    Available through Brown Paper Tickets, at Briar Patch Community Market, or at Downieville Grocery
        $12 gen. admission
        $8 seniors 65+ /children under 12
Information:www.sierracountyartscouncil.org or call (530)289-9822

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