Wild and Scenic Film Festival

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The Snake River Fund joins the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and a host of nonprofits and businesses in presenting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, April 12.

Short and feature-length films include “The Fishman,” about a man who swims the Yellowstone River like a fish, and “Kadoma,” a tragic attempt at a kayak first descent in Central Africa. Admission is just $5. There will be a raffle with great prizes. The festival aims to build support for the “Don’t Frack the Hoback!” campaign opposing drilling in the Hoback River headwaters.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and films will show from 7 to 9:30. Presented with American Rivers, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, Wyoming Outdoor Council, Patagonia and Skinny Skis.

Complete list of films:

Brower Youth Awards: Kyle Thiermann
Rikshaw Films, USA, 2011, 4 minutes
Kyle Thiermann isn’t all about surfing, though the sport is a huge part of his life and his inspiration. His five-part video series, called “Surfing for Change,” urges people to make small adjustments in their daily actions to help save the environment. His videos have produced tangible results: Thousands of viewers have transferred $340 million worth of lending power from coal-funding banks to local community banks and have been persuaded to purchase locally and to use less plastic.

Finding Their Way
Chris Jordan-Bloch, USA, 2011, 7 minutes
Jen Slotterback was hiking in her favorite park when she found signs of surveying for industrial gas drilling, or fracking. She went home and told her husband, Jim. Although the two had never been actively involved in the issue of gas drilling, they immediately began a campaign to save the park. The board that controlled trhe park was set to vote on whether to drill there in 11 days. The film follows Slotterbacks’ journey over those 11 days.

The Fishman
Kathy Kasic, USA, 2009, 10 minutes
Mike Kasic swims the Yellowstone River like a human fish, plunging through swift river canyons and past scenic mountain views, watching trout in fast currents filled with frothing water tornadoes, stopping only to body-surf river waves. His message is simple: A river is more than its water; what lies beneath is a wilderness that is often overlooked but critical for the Yellowstone ecosystem to thrive.

Kadoma
Ben Stookesbury, USA, 2011 44 minute
After more than a decade exploring Central Africa, Hendri Coetzee is a modern legend of African guiding. In 2010, Coetzee led American expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry and his longtime kayaking partner, Chris Korbulic, from the Nile overland through Rwanda. The goal: kayak into the heart of the Congo on a previously unnavigated waterway, the Lukuga River. Seven weeks into the expedition, deep in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tragedy strikes. “Some of the things that we’re about to witness are so intense and horrible that they should stop the show. But they don’t,” Coetzee says in the film. “People still laugh and dance. Yes, the bad things happen, but so do the good things, the amazing things, and the show goes on.”

A Liter of Light
Nick Santiago, Mike Talampas, Philippines, 2011, 2 minutes
A foundation works to light up a poor neighborhood through the efforts of its local employee, a man who becomes a beacon of hope in his community when he installs hundreds of solar-powered light bulbs in his neighbors’ houses. The clever device is made from old plastic soda bottles filled with water and bleach. Many of the homeowners can barely afford electricity, and because their houses stand so close to each other, scant daylight filters through. With a little bleach, water and good will, their days are now much, much brighter.

New Environmentalists: My Toxic Reality
Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Tom Dusenbery, USA, 2011, 5 minutes
In Texas, an entrepreneur returns home to his environmentally damaged coastal community to fight an ominous source of major industrial pollution. “The New Environmentalists” share a common goal: safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution while fighting for justice in their communities. This film is the latest in the Emmy Award-winning series, narrated by Robert Redford, featuring inspiring portraits of ordinary people affecting extraordinary change. These are true environmental heroes who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support.

Weed Wars
Rich Addicks, USA, 2010, 6 minutes
One man’s obsession to do his part for the environment using weed-eating goats to control noxious invaders in the Rocky Mountains. A profile on Mark Harbaugh, Patagonia fly fishing rep and goat rancher.

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