The Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Damariscotta

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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
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A scene from the short film ‘Bringing Back the Brooks,’ a poetic look at the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout, which is being brought back from the brink – by hand, bucket and hoof. The film is part of the Wild & Scenic Film Fest, hosted by the Damariscott River Association.

DAMARISCOTTA — Join Damariscotta River Association when they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 and 9, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, now in its 14th year, is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, Calif.

Wild and Scenic focuses on films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.

"Films featured at Wild and Scenic give people a sense of place," said Tour Associate Director Amelia Workman in a news release. "In today's busy world, it is easy to disconnect from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we start making a difference. Come get inspired."

On Feb. 7, 12 short films themed "Inspired by Nature" invite viewers to journey from their own backyards to wilderness areas at the far reaches of the earth. The films explore a variety wildlife and conservation issues and the inspiring solutions being explored by diverse communities.

The Feb. 9 films pose the question, "What Will Your Legacy Be?" These 13 shorts focus on the power each of us has to make positive impacts on the environment. From personal journeys to positive global change, these motivating films offer thought-provoking storytelling that will encourage everyone to think about their own legacy.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League in 2003. The festival's namesake is in celebration of SYRCL's landmark victory to receive Wild and Scenic status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999.

The five-day event features over 150 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks-off the international tour to over 150 communities around the globe, allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with other organizations.

The festival is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour's national partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Orion Magazine, Klean Kanteen, Earthjustice, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, the festival can reach an even larger audience.

In addition to these national partners, DRA is greatly appreciative of local event sponsors: Damariscotta River Cruises, Midcoast Kayak and Lake Pemaquid Campground.

The Lincoln Theater is located at 2 Theater St. in Damariscotta. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the shows start at 7 p.m., both nights. Tickets are free of charge, but they are required, and are available at http://www.damariscottariver.org/event/wsff or from the DRA office. For more information, contact DRA at dra@damariscottariver.org, call 563-1393, or visit damariscottariver.org.

Event Dates: 
Tue, 02/07/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Thu, 02/09/2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Lincoln Theater
Address: 
2 Theater Street
Damariscotta  Maine