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Wild and Scenic Film Festival Comes to College of the Atlantic!

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Join College of the Atlantic and Friends of Acadia when they host the “Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour” at the Gates Community Center, September 20, 2013. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the films beginning at 7:00pm.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA which is now its 11th year! Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager, Lori Van Laanen. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference. Come watch and see!”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The national tour travels to over 100 communities nationwide, allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with others organizations. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of their National Partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Mother Jones, the festival can reach an even larger audience in tour venues coast to coast.

To be featured at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor are approximately 12 award-winning films, including such films as: “Chasing Water” – A 2011 film by Peter McBride, which takes an intimate look at the Colorado River watershed, as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s ranch, down river to the sea. Following its path with an artistic, aerial view, this personal journey strives to bring understanding one of the most loved and litigated rivers in the world; “Dark Side of the Lens” – A 2010 film by Mikey Smith which documents one man’s personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean based photographer. This short film takes you on an eerie, stunning and moving journey amongst the epic oceanic grandeur of Ireland’s west coast; “Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution” – Set in South Africa, this film follows Time magazine “Hero of the Environment” Janine Benyus as she illustrates how emulating nature’s best ideas can teach us to be more sustainable engineers, chemists, architects, and business leaders.

The festival is a natural extension of College of the Atlantic’s human ecological perspective, which integrates knowledge from all academic disciplines and from personal experience to investigate — and ultimately improve — the relationships between human beings and their social and natural communities. Given Friends of Acadia’s work as an organization to inspire people to act on behalf of their local environment through philanthropy, volunteerism, innovative leadership and advocacy, they are an ideal partner for College of the Atlantic and for the festival theme. All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Friends of Acadia.

Date and Time:
Doors open at 6:30pm and shows start at 7:00pm.

Location Address:
Gate Community Center
College of the Atlantic
105 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Ticket Prices:
$10 per person
$5 (children 18 and under)
All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Friends of Acadia.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information:
Contact Lauren Rupp (lrupp@coa.edu or 207.801.5671) or Nick Jenei (njenei@coa.edu or 207.801.5672).
www.coa.edu or www.friendsofacadia.org