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VWA presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival (Santa Cruz)
Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance at the Del Mar Theatre for fantastic films about wild things and wild places, guaranteed to inspire you to get outside and give back! This sixth annual VWA presentation is the first of 2 Monterey Bay stops on the Wild and Scenic tour. Spectacular scenery, guest speakers, and a raffle for great prizes from local and national sponsors guarantee an evening to remember. All proceeds benefit the good work of the VWA. EVENT DETAILS: Thursday, September 20: Doors at 6:00 pm | showtime 7:00 pm Location Address: 1124 Pacific Avenue | downtown Santa Cruz Ticket Prices: $25 + fees in advance | $30 + fees at the door Get your tickets today! ( Follow our Facebook event page for trailers, raffle prizes & other event details! ( RAFFLE: Attendees can decide which prize(s) they'd like to win. Raffle prize lot tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20 (must be present to win). FILMS: VWA Presents- Our Past, Present and Future 2018 | Erik Gandolfi | 8 min. The Big Sur backcountry is a spectacular oasis of biodiversity, wedged between ever-increasing human population centers on California’s central coast. Agencies tasked with caring for the 300,000 acres of public lands at its core are consistently understaffed and underfunded, while visitation continues to rise. This short highlights the efforts of a grassroots non-profit that has taken a leadership role, filled a critical need, and advocated for Wilderness values in an era of consumption and short-sightedness. Wildlife and the Wall 2018 Official Selection | Ben Masters | 5 min. 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. Ghosts of the Arctic 2018 Official Selection | Abraham Joffe | 7 min. Follow the grit and determination of polar photographer Joshua Holko as he traverses the frozen landscape of Svalbard, in the high Arctic, to encounter polar bears on foot. Taking place during one of the coldest periods in the last few years, the crew suffered frostbite and camera failures during the filming process. Aerial photography does great justice to the stark beauty of the arctic landscape. Valve Turners 2018 Official Selection | Steve Liptay | 9 min. On October 11, 2016, in solidarity with Standing Rock and in response to the climate emergency, a team of activists took direct action, shutting off the five pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada into the United States. The Nature of Maps 2018 Official Selection | Bridget Besaw, Tahria Sheather | 10 min. 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. Biomimicry 2018 Official Selection | Janine Benyus, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oliver Stanton, Leila Conners| 21 min. Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about its ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to water conservation. Lost in Light 2018 Official Selection | Sriram Murali | 3 min. Light pollution dramatically affects our view of the night skies. Shot primarily in California, this piece shows how the night sky view gets progressively better as one moves away from artificial lights. Love of Place 2018 Official Selection | Brian Olliver | 10 min. When an invasive species plant threatens to take over a beautiful desert river, an obsessive park ranger sets out to kill it. The Invisible Mammal 2018 Official Selection | Kristin Tieche | 10 min. This is a story about the struggle that bats face to survive, specifically in North America, where white nose syndrome is causing sharp decline in populations of certain bat species. The Invisible Mammal also explores issues like climate change and habitat destruction, and the role that humans must take to save bats from extinction. In this first installment of The Invisible Mammal series, we meet The Bat Rescuer. Corky Quirk is the founder of NorCal Bats, an organization that provides care for injured bats and educational programs for libraries, schools, nature programs, fairs and other events throughout the region. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people. She works with injured and orphaned bats, returning them to the wild and keeps a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education. The Land We Live in 2018 Official Selection | Jayme Dittmar, James Q. Martin, Tom Attwater, Lane Brown | 6 min. 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 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. Sea of Miracles 2018 Official Selection | Dan Malloy | 17 min. There has been consistent, galvanized resistance to a proposed nuclear power plant in Kaminoseki, Japan. Midori Takashima, activist and founder of the Kaminoseki Nature Conservation Association–along with fishermen and farmers who have been actively protesting for 35 years–continues to fight against the proposed construction.This unique area of Japan’s Inland Sea is a biodiversity hot spot and home to numerous endangered species. In spite of this, the area is at risk from over-development, specifically from the planned construction of the power plant, which would be the first one built since the Fukushima meltdown in 2011. The construction would destroy an ancient way of life and further threaten several endangered species of this potential World Heritage site. A Letter to Congress 2018 Official Selection | Chris Newman, Amani King, Dalia Burde | 3 min. Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

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