Wild and Scenic Film Festival Program Sunday Sept 4, 2016

Saturday September 4th at the Tabor Opera House, 308 Harrison Ave.

NIGHT 2 OF 2.  Don’t miss Saturday Night.

5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception at the Tabor Opera House.  Cash Bar, Appetizers from local eatery Tennessee Pass Cafe.

6:00 Films Begin

Parker’s Top 50 Favorite Things about Northwest Rivers

Parkers-50-Favorite-ThingsThis fun film celebrates the best things about Northwest rivers, from a kid’s perspective. From sun, to rain, to waterfalls, to wild salmon, to time with mom, it’s the rivers that make the Northwest such a special place.

Invisible Ocean: Plankton and Plastic 


‘Invisible Ocean: Plankton & Plastic’ follows NYC sci-artist Mara Haseltine as she create a sculpture to reveal a microscopic threat beneath the surface of the ocean. During a Tara Oceans expedition to study the health of the oceans, Haseltine finds an unsettling presence in samples of plankton she collected. The discovery inspires her to create a sculpture that shows that the microscopic ocean world affects all life on Earth. The film features Mara G. Haseltine, Christian Sardet (The Plankton Chronicles, TARA Oceans) and Mark Anthony Browne (Ecologist NCEAS).

Avaatara: The First Route Out

AvaataraDavid Lama achieves first ascent of the Baatara gorge in Lebanon. “If you travel roads that have already been discovered, you are basically always just following. But if you go somewhere where no one’s ever been and do something no one’s ever done, you’re on the lead and that’s one thing that I really like.” David Lama’s guiding philosophy has already taken him to the most impressive mountain ranges of the world and, more recently, to the Baartara gorge in Lebanon. A surreal ‘Avatar’-like landscape, unexploited and untouched.

The Fable of the Wolf

The-Fable-of-the-WolfA long time ago wolves and men hunted together, but over time this relationship changed. This animated short explores the relationship between wolf and man and how that relationship has affected wild ecosystems.

The Creature Show: Salamander Rain


On the first warm rain of early spring, salamanders march by the thousands to the vernal pools in which they breed. In New Jersey, this ancient amphibian rite has become a most deadly pilgrimage, as busy roads now crisscross the salamanders’ migration routes. In this first installment of The Creature Show, witness the rain-drenched efforts of conservationists to get salamanders across the road in one piece.


7:45 Films Begin Again

To Slow Down and Breathe


“I went for a walk… and found going out was going in,” once said a hairy Scotsman. The beauty of slacklining is that is can be as introspective as it is explorative. When we’re not moving to run away from ourselves, going out in to the wild places of this world can be a movement into our own souls.


JoeNational Geographic wildlife photographer Joe Riis reminds us that even those who have achieved it all still face many of the struggles that we all do. Joe celebrates how a man’s love for the wilderness has helped to further curiosity, respect and protection for the natural world around us.

In Current

In-CurrentRowing a dory in the Grand Canyon is considered by some as the most coveted job in the world. It can take 20 years of paying your dues to earn a seat on one of these legendary wooden boats. Amber Shannon has been boating the Grand Canyon nine years, trying to work her way from the baggage boat to a dory, while spending as many days possible in current.

Skateboarding in Pine Ridge

Grabs_Levis-Skate_South-Dakota_047_151006In 2011, Walt Pourier, the Founder of The Stronghold Society, started work on the first skatepark in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. In 2015 with the help of Levis® Skateboarding, Vitalogy Foundation (Pearl Jam’s non-profit organization) and Wounded Knee Skateboards they began building a new skatepark in the neighboring district of Manderson. This documentary explores the positive impact skateboarding is having on the Oglala Lakota children and the people of Pine Ridge and Manderson.

The Important Places

The-Important-PlacesAs a father and son rediscover their connection through a journey down the Colorado River and in the Grand Canyon, this poignant short teaches us that although we may sometimes go astray —stuck in eddies and in life — the path back to the important places is never too far away.



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