Minneapolis area get ready for the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films “films that inspire change” Presents Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Minneapolis. Wednesday July 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, taking place at the Landmark’s Edina Cinema in Edina, MN.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is “Where Activism Gets Inspired!”

We have selected 18 “Environmental Film Shorts” for the film festival program that will inspire activism! Purchase Tickets Here

Click here to visit our Facebook event page in the discussion section and view a full list of the films on the festival program.

Here’s a sneak peek of the festival program…

Defending the Deep narrated by Robert Redford. A tireless defender of the oceans and marine life, Claire Nouvian led a focused, data-driven advocacy campaign against the destructive fishing practice of deep-sea bottom trawling, successfully pressuring French supermarket giant and fleet owner Intermarché to change its fishing practices. Her coalition of advocates ultimately secured French support for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling that led to an EU-wide ban. More information at: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/defending-the-deep/

The Land We Live In The Brooks Range Council (BRC) was formed in the summer of 2012 as it became clear that the Alaska Department of Transportation was rapidly advancing its plan to build a 220-mile road into the Brooks Range to construct several open-pit copper mines in the region. John Gaedeke, the Chairman of the BRC, has multi-generational roots at Iniakuk Lake where his family owns a lodge in the heart of the the Brooks Range wilderness. John created this grassroots organization to give a voice to the local opposition of the proposed Ambler Road. The Land We Live In works to advocate for the people, landscape, and wildlife that would be directly impacted by the potential development. More information at: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/the-land-we-live-in/

Wildlife and the Wall Filmmaker Ben Masters (UNBRANDED) goes into the heart of the Big Bend, the last true wilderness in the state of Texas to consider what effects building a border wall might have on wildlife dispersal, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment. More information at: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/wildlife-and-the-wall/

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Outnumbered in Africa Zimbabwe’s most famous lion and how he was illegally shot by an American dentist in 2015. The world reacted by donating over $1 million, which funded cutting-edge research to better protect Cecil’s pack and his extended lion family. Few people know that some of that research was done by Moreangels Mbizah, a young Zimbabwean woman, Oxford University Ph.D. candidate, and mother. Outnumbered in Africa follows Moreangels’ journey after Cecil’s death, revealing a deeper story of beauty and tragedy that receives far less attention in the world of African wildlife conservation. More information at: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/outnumbered-in-africa/

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Killing Games: Wildlife In the Crosshairs a Project Coyote Documentary Film with special guest Camilla Fox and right after the screening there will be a Q&A Panel where Camilla Fox will discuss her film and answer your questions, along with Minnesota State Director at The Humane Society of the United States; Christine Coughlin, Center for Biological Diversity Senior Attorney; Collette Adkins and Director of Wildlife Protection at The Humane Society of the United States; Jill Fritz. Purchase Tickets Here

Q&A Panelist Camilla H. Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote- a national non-profit organization based in Mill Valley, California that promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy.

Q&A Panelist Christine Coughlin, is the Minnesota State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. Born and raised in Minnesota, she has been active in the field of animal protection since 2002, with a focus on grassroots legislative campaigns and electoral advocacy.  

Q&A Panelist Collette Adkins Senior Attorney, works in the Endangered Species Program, where she focuses on combating exploitation and cruel treatment of rare wildlife. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also earned a master’s degree in wildlife conservation.

Q&A Panelists Jill Fritz is Director of Wildlife Protection at The Humane Society of the United States. She has a background in grassroots activism, serving as national coordinator of World Farm Animals Day sponsored by Farm Animal Reform Movement, and working as student coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Tickets are on sale now!

Here’s a sneak peek of the festival program…

Canis Lupus Colorado Ghosts are stirring in Colorado’s high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals – the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population. Now we’re at a tipping point: the emerging west, the future of our public wildlands, and the health of vast ecosystems are all at stake. And the choice is up to us. More information here: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/canis-lupus-colorado/

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The Salmon Will Run This is the story of Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the journey to bring our salmon home. Though they are not a federally recognized tribe and are small in numbers, the Winnemem Wintu have made tremendous strides in achieving their mission. They have galvanized people across the country, made their way into federal agency meeting rooms, and have raised $80,000. Our film brings our audience to the heart of the issue, helping them understand what is at stake, and why they need to be involved. More information here: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/salmon-will-run/

Greenland Melts Dr. Konrad Steffen, the Swiss climate scientist whose research propelled Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, reveals his alarming findings around glacial melt impacts on global sea level rise, climate change, and mass migration. Greenland Melts is stunningly filmed at remote polar monitoring stations where Dr. Steffen has been tracking the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet for over 25 years. For more information: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/greenland-melts/

Think Like a Scientist: Renewal Featuring an emerging young scientist from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Renewal is a heart-warming story of transformation and restoration. Produced with HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, this film is part of HHMI’s “Think Like A Scientist” series. It follows up on Producer Jessica Plumb’s award-winning feature, Return of the River, which chronicled the largest dam removal in history. For more information: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/think-like-a-scientist-renewal/

Creek Sessions Feat Nature has a rhythm – it just takes one to tune into it. Jess Kilroy – musician, climber, and conservationist – travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds there, with the goal of sparking people’s love for these wild lands. Creek Sessions follows Jess on a sensory journey to create music in Utah’s Indian Creek, reminding us that wild places are worth protecting not simply for their landscapes, but for their soundscapes too. More information here: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/creek-sessions/

What Does it Take? is the introduction to the New Environmentalists series. The New Environmentalists share a common goal, safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution. The series features portraits of passionate and dedicated activists around the globe who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries for environmental justice in their communities. They are the winners of the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Prize, recognizing grassroots environmental activists from around the world. For more information: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/flipping-the-switch-2/

Blue Fresh off training wheels, a four-year-old growing up in Valdez, Alaska begins to push her boundaries and explore what’s possible on her bike, her eyes naturally drifting to the mountains. We dive into the world of her fantasy and explore the mountains, glaciers, and rivers of Valdez by fat bike with a crew of boundary-pushing female athletes hailing from Alaska and beyond.

Blue is a fantastical journey into a young girl’s imagination and a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation, and strength forged in women of the north. More information here: https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/film/blue/

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Film Festival Sponsors


Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Films “films that inspire change” Presents Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Minneapolis. Meet the Advocates Inside the Heart of Wolf Advocacy: The Yellowstone Story, one of our film projects currently in production. Support this film project donate here

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Click here to visit our Facebook event page in the discussion section and view a full list of the films on the festival program

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is “Where Activism Gets Inspired!” Purchase Tickets Here

About Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films will combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

Where Activism Gets Inspired!

SYRCL is a grassroots organization based in Nevada City, California, that has been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of the regional watershed, from source to sea, since 1983. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts the group’s local work into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind people that they all are participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. After the January festival, Wild & Scenic goes on tour around the country, spreading the messages in the films at more than 230 events hosted by other organizations that use the festival as a platform to inspire activism in their own communities.

Volunteer opportunities are available! Email wolvesdouglasco@gmail.com

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