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Wild & Scenic Film Festival June 29

Article Published: Jun. 6, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 30, 2013
Wild & Scenic Film Festival June 29

Stargazing, firefly catching and watching movies under the stars — it’s the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Held June 29, in conjunction with the annual Riverfest at Valle Crucis Community Park in Valle Crucis, the 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival has a theme of “A Climate of Change.”

As such, the festival will present 10 short films that highlight issues surrounding energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures and more.

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, the festival is showcasing films that “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,” according to a festival news release.

“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. The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.”

This year’s film lineup includes: “Streams of Consequence,” “Song of the Spindle,” “Scars of Freedom,” “Last Light,” “Gimp Monkeys,” “Carbom for Water,” “Stories of TRUST Calling for Climate Recovery, Part 4,” “Public Lands, Private Profits: Boom or Bust” and “Julio Solis, A MoveShake Story.”

The fun starts at 2 p.m. with the annual Riverfest. At 7 p.m., area band The Worthless Son-in-Laws will perform. At 8:30 p.m., the film festival begins, followed by a “Star Party” at 10:30 p.m. to revel in the Valle Crucis night sky.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Valle Crucis Community Park is a benefit and membership drive for the Western North Carolina Alliance and the Watauga Riverkeeper program. General admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children and students. WNCA is also offering a special membership price, which covers admission and a one-year membership. Members receive a quarterly print newsletter and discounted admission to year-round events and outings, such as butterfly hikes and full-moon paddle trips.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival tickets will be available at the festival or can be purchased in advance online at

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