Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2018


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January 11-15, 2018

Considered the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festival of its kind, the 16th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come. Festival-goers are treated to a wide variety of award-winning films, including those about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy, wildlife, and environmental justice. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is hosted and produced by South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) at several venues in Nevada City and Grass Valley, Calif., from Jan. 11 –15, 2018.

For more information visit:  www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

Call for Entries-Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces their annual Call for Entries, open now through the submission deadline of September 30, 2011. The tenth annual festival takes place January 13-15, 2012, in downtown Nevada City.

The largest festival of its kind in the United States, Wild & Scenic seeks unique environmental and adventure films that aim to inspire and educate. In 2010, the festival received over 350 entries for a final official selection of approximately 115 films. The Wild & Scenic then travels to over 115 locations in the United States and internationally. The “on tour” program gives filmmakers a wonderful opportunity for worldwide exposure of their film.

Filmmakers of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to submit their films. All films must be formally submitted through the online service, www.withoutabox.com. Details for submitting are also included on the festival’s website, www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.

Says Wild & Scenic Film Festival Producer, Leslie Jacobson, “SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases a wide range of environmental and adventure films. We look for films that are entertaining, educational, and above all inspirational.”

Founded in 2003, the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival is a produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The festival brings together films, speakers, filmmakers, environmental activists, and celebrities from around the world to celebrate environmental filmmaking. The three-day weekend event held annually each winter in Nevada City, CA, features films, workshops, wine tastings, receptions, awards ceremony, and more. Past special guests include Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, poet Gary Snyder, actors Patrick Stewart, Daryl Hannah, and Peter Coyote, and activists Julia Butterfly, Winona LaDuke, Tim DeChristopher, Randy Hayes and Colin Beavan.

Since 1983, SYRCL has been committed to the protection, preservation and restoration of the greater Yuba Watershed. The organization works to fulfill its mission by aggressively seeking environmental solutions through the tools of education, organization, collaboration, litigation and legislation. SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival serves as a way to further expand their message and raise support for its campaigns.

Tickets, plus the official selection of films and events for the 2012 festival will be available beginning in December. For more information visit: www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.

Nevada City Film Festival 2018

September 7 – 14, 2018


The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) was recently recognized by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”.

Every summer, the Nevada City Film Festival makes art into a party, bringing award-winning shorts and feature films from around the world to the historic venues of Nevada City, CA. A four-day celebration of art, music, and independent filmmaking, NCFF includes screenings, workshops, special performances, parties, and a live comedy show.

Nevada City Film Festival has hosted filmmakers including director Mike Mills (THE BEGINNERS, THUMBSUCKER), editor Greg Finton (THE WORLD ACCORDING TO DICK CHENEY, DAZED & CONFUSED), music supervisor Brian Reitzell (LOST IN TRANSLATION), music composer Nate Wolcott (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), director Jonathan Krisel (PORTLANDIA) and comedians Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero and Brett Gelman.

Attendees will find an exceptional destination festival where they can meet other enthusiastic film lovers and be inspired by talented and exciting new filmmakers – all the while enjoying beautiful Nevada City. The 16th Annual Nevada City Film Festival in historic downtown Nevada City.

“This year’s films bring us closer together,” says Jesse Locks, Nevada City Film Festival Director. “From miners in Appalachia to miners in Ghana, from art collectives in New Mexico to young creatives in Portugal, from Nevada County locals exploring sense of place to Syrian refugees forced to establish a new home, these stories show that even though thousands of miles may separate us, we are more alike then we are different.”

NCFF kicks off on Friday, September 7 with a Block Party on Argall Way in the 7-hills Business District. Participating businesses will feature art, food, live music, Virtual Reality experiences, films, and more. The event will also include the Grand Opening of the Onyx Theatre. Attendees who missed their Open House in May, can stop by for a tour of the brand new 2-screen art house film theatre, meet filmmakers participating in the festival, and see clips of this year’s films.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include the nearly 100 award-winning shorts and feature length films, with over 35 of the film’s filmmakers traveling from around the world to attend and participate in Question & Answer’s following the films.

This year’s feature films check all the boxes of what an independent film festival should encompass; from promising debuts by emerging directors to seasoned industry favorites taking creative risks to tell new and exciting stories, and everything in between.

Opening night’s films include The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a timely coming-of-age-story directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Clouds of Sils Maria) and the time traveling drama The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Big Foot, directed by Robert Krzykowski, with Sam Elliot and Aidan Turner (Poldark) as a legendary American war veteran who is recruited to hunt a mythical creature.

Other films include:

Cai Chengjie’s eccentric fable The Widowed Witch, about a third-time widow who falls on especially hard times and declared cursed, but turns superstition to her advantage by travelling the wintry landscape of rural China and offering supernatural advice, in this modern tale of mysticism told with mordant humor and starkly beautiful cinematography. The Widowed Witch took top prize at the Rotterdam Film Festival this year.

Taipei, directed by Jason Lester, is an adaptation of Tao Lin’s novel of the same name. Twilight, Nocturnal Animals actors Ellie Bamber and Justin Chon star in this modern romance that explores love, alienation, loneliness, drugs, writing, technology — how we can exist and connect amidst all of the cultural detritus of the internet age.

Meow Wolf: Origin Story follows a group of artists in Santa Fe, NM become a DIY collective called Meow Wolf. Their immersive, large-scale exhibitions crack open a profitable niche in the arts industry, even as their social mission is challenged by the demands of rapid success. The group’s members navigate fracture and loss for years in pursuit of their idealistic vision. When they spark the interest of George R. R. Martin and receive his support to take over an old bowling alley, Meow Wolf builds a massive exhibition with over 140 artists working at a breakneck pace.  Directed by Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller.

The Money Stone directed by award-winning director Stuart Harmon (Emmy-nominated VICELAND series “Woman”) is the coming-of-age story of two boys chasing their dreams among the gold mines of Ghana.

hillbilly, co-directed by Ashley York and Sally Rubin, goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American “hillbilly,” and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, hillbilly uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians, “Affrilachian” poets, and intersectional feminists — all unexpected voices emerging from this historically misunderstood region.

In The Long Shadow, two daughters of the South (including director Frances Causey) look beyond their white privilege to discover a history that’s been hidden, exposing the long and shockingly powerful reach of Southern politics – from slavery through to today’s racial imbalance.

NCFF and the Nevada Theatre Film Series have partnered to present a special double feature celebrating the life and work of iconoclast filmmaker and champion of social justice, Hal Ashby (Shampoo, Being There, Coming Home). On Sunday, September 9, they will screen the critically acclaimed documentary Hal, directed by Amy Scott, which features candid interviews with some of Ashby’s most loyal film collaborators and admirers including Jeff Bridges, Jane Fonda and Louis Gossett Jr as well as Alexander Payne, Judd Apatow, Beau Bridges, Haskell Wexler and Norman Jewison. Followed by Ashby’s 1971 cult classic Harold & Maude.

Directors Christina Choe and Blackhorse Lowe, recipients of NCFF’s Filmmaker Residency will also be in attendance. The focus of the Filmmaker Residency is to bring filmmakers from communities with historic ties to Nevada City, placing special emphasis on engaging Native and Asian American filmmakers, to participate in a four to six week cross-cultural exchange with Nevada County residents.

Christina Choe is an American filmmaker whose 2011 short film, I am John Wayne, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival and screened at dozens of festivals around the world including NCFF. Her feature film debut, Nancy, a psychodrama starring Andrea Riseborough, J. Smith-Cameron, Ann Dowd, John Leguizamo, and Steve Buscemi, recently had its world premiere in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where Choe was awarded the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.  During the festival Choe will screen her film Nancy and take part in a discussion with attendees.

Director Blackhorse Lowe (Navajo) is known for narrative films set on the Navajo reservation that explore the pull between Navajo tradition and contemporary non-Navajo ways. His films have premiered at Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival, among other festivals. Lowe will screen his mesmerizing film Chasing the Light as well as a special program on Southwest films, both followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

BriarPatch Co-op and Nevada County Grown have partnered to launch a Food & Film Series this fall. NCFF will be the first in many community partners to host a screening in conjunction with the series.

NCFF will welcome 400 students from Nevada City schools on Friday, September 7 for a special film presentation from Pixar Studios. NCFF will also host a free screening for kids, Saturday morning on September 8 at the Nevada Theatre, of international animated shorts.

The festival wraps Friday, September 14 with an outdoor “Best of the Fest” screening in Pioneer Park at 6pm. Attendees can enjoy delicious eats from local and regional food trucks, award-winning beer from Ol’ Republic and the winners of this year’s festival including the highly coveted Audience Choice Award.


WHO: 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival

WHEN: September 7-14. 2018

WHERE: Historic Locations throughout downtown Nevada City, Festival HQ located at NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Floor 1, Nevada City

TICKETS:  Festival Passes $89/$79, Individual Screenings Tickets $10/$8,

Advance Tickets available online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com, by phone at (530) 362-8601, and in person at NCFF Office, 110 Union Street, Nevada City, M-F 9am-5pm. During the Festival tickets are available at eave venues location and NCFF HQ.

For more information go to www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com


A very Wild & Scenic Wine Stroll, Sat, Jan 15, 4-6pm

539308_lJoin other festival-goers and filmmakers in discovering Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s hometown of Nevada City, CA during the 2nd  Annual Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Wine Stroll, Saturday 4-6pm.  Visit local businesses, chat with merchants, and learn the history of our charming town while enjoying a sampling of local Foothill wines  and beers.  Participating merchants, wineries, and breweries include:

  • APPLE Center, 412 Commercial Street, pouring Clif Family Wine and Sierra Nevada Beer
  • Java Johns, 306 Broad St – pouring Clavey Wines
  • Bel Capelli Salon, 227 Broad St – pouring Avanguardia Wines
  • Mowen Solinsky, 225 Broad St – pouring Nevada City Winery
  • The Earth Store, 310 Broad St – pouring Pilot Peak Winery
  • Indian Springs, pouring Indian Springs
  • Mana Beads,  417 Broad St – pouring BYOB
  • Download Wine Stroll Map

Separate ticket required, available at Festival Headquarters, 210 Broad Street (Alpha Building) for $15.

Thank you to the participating businesses and wineries.

Please visit the Nevada City Chamber site for information on Nevada City and our local wineries. For more information on SYRCL’s 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival go to www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.


SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan. 14-16, 2011

WSFF_2011posterJanuary 14-16, 2011, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 9th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities.  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.  In total, Wild & Scenic will show 110 films, 62 of which are premieres, in 7 locations in downtown Nevada City and host over 100 filmmakers and activists.

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but introduce them to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.

This year’s special guests include Yvon Chouinard – the famed rock climber, environmentalist, and founder of the outdoor apparel and equipment company Patagonia .  Patagonia, has been a long time supporter of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and it’s touring festival and we are extremely excited to share the Wild & Scenic home festival with Chouinard as this is his first time attending.  Chouinard will be at the festival supporting the film 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless.  Directed by Chris Malloy, 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless follows writer and photographer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life – and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Jeff’s life turns when he meets up in a rainy hut with Chouinard and Tompkins who, once driven purely by a love of climbing and surfing, now value above all the experience of raw nature – and have come to Patagonia to protect it.  The film strikes so deeply into the heart of Patagonia’s wilderness we come to feel at home there.

Other special guests includes Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Gary Snyder.  Frequently described as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology”, Snyder is a founding intellect, essayist and leader of the new environmental awareness that supports legislation and preservation without losing sight of direct wild experience – local people, animals, plants, watersheds and food sources.  Practice of the Wild, a film about Snyder that features vintage footage and a current and in depth conversation between he and fellow poet and novelist Jim Harrison, will be one of this year’s festival features.  Following the film, Snyder along with Randy Hayes, founder of the Rainforest Action Network, will lead a conversation on environmental activism and take questions from the audience.

Also attending this year is filmmakers, professional kayakers, and National Geographic Young Explorer grantees Andy Maser and Trip Jennings who will premiere their film Spoil and Maser will also share The Greatest Migration.  Returning to the film festival is award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker and National Geographic adventurer Jon Bowermaster and Global Exchange and the Green Festival’s co-founder Kevin Danaher.

Festival-goers can also enjoy children’s Saturday morning cartoons, art shows, wine strolls, VIP parties, live music and more at this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

For tickets and more information go to www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org