Monday April 21st 2014

GET WILD & SCENIC

By: Shannon Bryan

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

It’s hard for humans to be simultaneously wild and scenic. The word “wild” implies something disheveled, something loud, and something prone to climbing on tables during dinner.

But Mother Nature? She’s got the combo mastered. Her wildest places, in fact, are often her most breathtaking.

The films of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcase some of those places. Sure, they inform (showing us the downsides of plastic, the influence of Buddhism, the effect of a single solar-powered light bulb). But they also transport us – to Bhutan, the Canadian Arctic, California, Casco Bay.

In a couple of hours, 15 short films turn into a tour of the world. And the event proceeds? Those help out right here. The film festival is hosted by the Friends of Casco Bay.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival:

Door open at 4 pm, cash bar from 4-5 pm, movies begin at 5 pm at the Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine

Tickets are $20 and available at Brown Paper Tickets.

2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Films:
A Liter of Light
A local man becomes a beacon of hope in a poor neighborhood when he installs hundreds of solar-powered “light bulbs” in his neighbor’s houses.

A Skier’s Journey: Baffin Island
Five friends ski across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic as spring changes a landscape dominated by frozen fjords, sheer cliffs, seals, and polar bears.

Bhutan: Land of the Black-necked Crane
See how a benevolent king of this small Buddhist kingdom high in the Himalayans promotes Gross Domestic Happiness for his citizens while fostering respect for the environment and its natural resources.

Brower Youth Awards — Rhiannon Tomtishen & Madison Vorva
Girl Scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva create Project ORANG (Orangutans Really Appreciate and Need Girls Scouts) and learn that a common food ingredient is threatening the homeland of these endangered animals.

Chasing Water
Photographer Pete McBride follows the Colorado River from source to sea, discovering many surprises along his 1500-mile journey across seven states.

The Craziest Idea
Two dam removal projects on the Elwha and White Salmon Riversin Washington that began as “crazy ideas” 30 years ago finally recreate free-flowing rivers to sustain salmon, recreation, and native culture.

Dark Side of the Lens
Irish surf photographer Mickey Smith showcases the beauty and danger of the Irish coast as he explains what is happening behind the camera, the place no audience sees, the “dark side of the lens.”

eel*water*rock*man
Artist and author James Prosek is the last man on the East Coast who still fishes for eels using an ancient stone weir.


Friends of Casco Bay
Learn about what folks in your community are doing to improve and protect the health of this beautiful Bay.

Gloop
Told like a Brothers Grimm fable, “Gloop” offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.

Ice
An out-of-the-box environmental thriller keeps the audience guessing until the very end.

Into Darkness
Journey along with a group of cavers who push through impossibly small passages to access some of the final frontiers on earth.

One Plastic Beach
Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang make exquisite art from plastic debris collected from one beach in northern California.


Tuned In
From a young age, Steve McGreevy was fascinated by the natural world and by amateur radio. It led him to capture the sounds of Earth’s own radio signals.

Timber
A creative filmmaker makes a shave and a haircut an allegory for protecting our natural resources.