The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films.
Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s short 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 short films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.
The festival on May 26 will include Umunhum, the film about Midpen's work to restore the summit of Mount Umunhum and open it to the public in collaboration with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. See more films below!
- 6 p.m. – Arrive early to get settle into your seats, mingle with other attendees and speak with representatives of our event partners
- 6:30 p.m. – First Half of Film Program Starts
- 7:30 – 8 p.m. – Intermission – enjoy free snacks and learn about our event partners
- 8 – 9 p.m. – Second Half of Film Program Starts
Thank you to our friends at REI, Patagonia and Sports Basement for providing exciting gift packages that we will raffle off to event attendees before intermission and at the end of the event. Want an easy win? Sign up for a ticket & visit any local Sports Basement – show them your ticket and you’ll receive 20% off! Basementeers will get a stacked 28% off. Valid until the end of May.
At the event itself, we’ll raffle off incredible prizes from our generous partners – from portable duffels, to gift cards, and certificates for outdoor excursions. Want to win? Register & attend!
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Our festival will include some of the very best and highly acclaimed films that are part of the Wild & Scenic film festival, including. Our film selections focus on themes related to POST and Midpen’s work on public access, sustainable agriculture, as well as protection of natural resources such as forests, wildlife, and water resources. Here is a list of the films we have chosen so far, more to come soon!
Mount Umunhum is located in the 18,000 acre Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. For thousands of years the Amah Mutsun people lived and prayed on this mountain. In the 1950s, the United States government built the Almaden Air Force Station on the top of Mount Umunhum, an early warning radar station that operated from 1957 to 1980. Midpen purchased the site from the military in 1986, and partnered with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band on the significant and necessary restoration of this mountain top. Mount Umunhum opened to the public on September 18, 2017.
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 dispersals, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment.
Cowboys & Scientists
Thirty years ago, a partnership between Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch inspired a new mission: cowboys and scientists working together to advance scientific discovery on a ten thousand acre working cattle ranch in Florida’s Northern Everglades. Bridging this cultural divide has resulted in a series of transformative discoveries that have begun to reshape our misconceptions about agriculture, sustainability, and conservation in the 21st century.
March of the Newts
A Follow one of the forest’s funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection… and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.
Each fall, our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of back country scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.
“Blue carbon” is carbon that’s captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. “You never go into a wetland and just restore one benefit,” says wetlands ecologist John Rybczyk. It improves water quality, provides salmon habitat, protects our shorelines, and also benefits our climate.
Clay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer for World Wildlife Fund and has been featured in prominent magazines such as National Geographic. Affectionately referred to as the bug guy, Clay explains how and why he focuses on 99% of life on earth that is smaller than your finger.
The Nature of Maps
Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are modern day pioneers: roaming some of the world’s last remaining wild lands to create maps to help conserve these precious places. Through their project with conservationist Kris Tompkins and Conservacion Patagonica to map the new Patagonia Park in Chile, The Nature of Maps explores the integral role maps play in conservation, adventure and our understanding of wild places.
We’ve all been that kid sitting in the back seat of our family car, wishing we were somewhere else. Through the boredom, the driveway snow piles, sidewalk handrails and stair sets start to tease our inner skier. Watch day dreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.
The Invisible Mammal – The Bat Rescuer
Beyond the impacts of climate change and habitat destruction, certain bat species in North America are also suffering population decline due to white nose syndrome. In this first installment of The Invisible Mammal series, we meet The Bat Rescuer, Corky Quirk. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people.
Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white?
Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Watch our video to learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks’ future.
Dragging 235 lbs uphill both ways
The next generation is becoming increasingly plugged in to electronics and out of touch with the outdoors. This will have enormous effects on future conservationism. A mother of four kids decides to turn off the screens and make a change. Though challenging, her kids go from fearing and ignoring nature to understanding and loving it.
A New View of the Moon
Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.
About our Co-Sponsors
Peninsula Open Space Trust protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since 1977, POST has protected over 76,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.
Bay Nature connects the people of the San Francisco Bay Area to our natural world and motivates people to solve problems with nature in mind.
The Amah Mutsun Land Trust, an initiative of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, is the vehicle by which the Amah Mutsun access, protect, and steward lands that are integral to our identity and culture. The AMLT returns our tribe to our ancestral lands and restores our role as environmental stewards.
About our Partners
Stop by our reception area before the films and during intermission to hear from representatives of these organizations, who will be sharing information at the event.
Latino Outdoors inspires, connects, and engages Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.
The San Francisco Bay Trail is an effort to complete a planned 500-mile walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay running through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across seven toll bridges.
The Bay Area Ridge Trail is an effort to plan, promote and sustain a connected hiking, cycling, and equestrian trail on the ridgelines around San Francisco Bay—linking people, parks and open space for today and future generations.
Sports Basement is a sporting goods retailer with ten locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. They sell top quality gear for all your outdoor adventures. They are active in their store-location communities and hope you’ll visit their new store soon.
Patagonia is an outdoor gear store whose mission is to save our home planet. Drop by the Palo Alto store to find a nice assortment of quality Patagonia outdoor clothing and gear for the whole family. We have what you need to hit the slopes, the rock, the river and the road
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter is the local face of the national Sierra Club, and as such we offer local members and supporters the opportunity to get involved and actively contribute of their talents and skills to the environmental work of the Sierra Club.
Our City Forest is a leading nonprofit in Silicon Valley for urban forestry and environmental education. They operate a community nursery and provide free or subsidized tree planting services to the community.