Wild and Scenic Film Festival Program Sept 3, 2016

Saturday September 3rd at the Tabor Opera House, 308 Harrison Ave.

NIGHT 1 OF 2.  Don’t miss Sunday Night.

There will be a special early showing of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food (free).

3:30 – 5:30 pm Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food (Free!)  Best-selling author Michael Pollan starts In Defense of Food with a simple question: What should I eat to be healthy? The answer turns out to be much simpler than he imagined. Today, the typical American diet includes lots of meat, white flour, sugar, and vegetable oils. It’s cheap, convenient, and has been processed to taste really good. But its effects on health are not so tasty, including alarming increases in obesity and type 2 diabetes.  To complicate matters, recommendations by “experts” about healthier ways of eating seem to change daily. Eat more protein and fewer carbs. Eat less meat. Consume more fiber. Drink less milk. Eggs are bad. Eggs are good. No wonder people are confused. The film follows Pollan on a fascinating journey to discover the truth about food and health. His search for answers takes him from the plains of Tanzania, where one of the world’s last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers still eats the way our ancestors did, to Loma Linda, California, where a group of Seventh-day Adventist vegetarians live longer than almost anyone else on earth, and eventually to Paris, where the French diet, rooted in culture and tradition, proves surprisingly healthy. Along the way he reveals how a combination of flawed nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with scientifically engineered “edible food-like substances.”

5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception at the Tabor Opera House.  Cash Bar, Appetizers from local CSA Trout Creek Farm and Jumping Good Goat Dairy.


6:00 pm Wild and Scenic Films Begin (Tickets Required)

Nature RxUnknown

This award-winning comedy series is about a struggle affecting many of us today. Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors – two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason.  Nature-Rx is a grassroots organization, supported and funded by fans and believers in Nature Rx. Check out www.nature-rx.org and the #GetOutdoors movement for more information.

Kew Gardens: Beyond the Gardens – The Forgotten Home of Coffee

hqdefaultThis is a story of guardianship over one of the world’s most economically valuable crops, revealing the surprisingly fragile foundations that lie beneath the multi-billion pound industry, showing just how important Kew’s scientific research is to securing the fate of our cup of coffee.

Soil Carbon Cowboys



Many people talk about the cattle business as a big environmental problem. Cattle, when properly grazed, offer solutions to soil health, animal health, human health, water supply and food nutrition. It’s a brave new world, and it’s below our feet.

The Way We Eat

Unknown-1Sierra Harvest educates, inspires and connects families to fresh, local seasonal foods through farm to school education, training the next generation of farmers and supporting low income families in growing food at home. Their programs reach 92% of the K-8 students in Western Nevada County, CA. Prepare to get inspired by this regional model of food systems change.

??INA: That Which Feeds Us



The best-kept secret on Kaua`i isn’t a secluded beach or surf spot, it’s that four of the world’s largest chemical companies use the island for open-air testing of pesticides on genetically modified crops. Contrasting this is the traditional agriculture system that allowed Hawaiians to live in abundance for over a thousand years with roughly the same population as today.


8:00 Films start

Mother of All Rivers

MotherOfAllRiversBertaCaceresRockBerta Cáceres rallied her indigenous Lenca people to wage a grassroots protest that successfully pressured the government of Honduras and the world’s largest Chinese dam builder, SinoHydro, to withdraw from building the Agua Zarca Dam. Narrated by Robert Redford, this film illustrates how an ordinary person can effect extraordinary change. Berta is a true environmental hero who placed herself squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support.

Comes With Baggage: A Short History of Bicycle Travel from Boneshakers to Bikepackers

Unknown-3This lighthearted history of bicycle travel in the Americas makes you want to sell all your possessions, quit your job and escape on a bike. Past and current footage, along with interviews of bike pioneers, makers and historians are combined to give a unique perspective on where bicycles can take you both physically and spiritually.

Mile for Mile

Mile_for_Mile_headerUltrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape.

Martin’s Boat


Honoring the legacy of Martin Litton, this film follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet, the Marble Canyon, on its maiden voyage down the legendary Colorado River through the grandest canyon on Earth. Martin pioneered whitewater dories on the Colorado River in the 1960’s and started a proud tradition of naming the boats after wild places that had been lost or compromised by the hand of man.

Films end by 9:15 pm

Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.