We have come a long way since Al Gore’s controversial documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Since then, the reality of Global Warming has become largely accepted (although, bafflingly, there are still a few naysayers) and “Green” has become chic. Recent years have seen a spat of environmentally-themed documentaries, from the Oscar-nominated “Gasland” (a fantastic film, by the way) to movies with local connections (see: “FLOW: For Love of Water” and “Carbon Nation”).
Every year, Nevada City, California, hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which takes place in January and showcases movies concerned with nature, the environment, and what we can do to help. While the official festival is a great big to-do, those not so close to the west coast have the opportunity to see abridged versions on tour.
This Saturday, March 3, the Kentucky Waterways Alliance hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Clifton Center. The KWA is hosting the festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
Along with several other environmentally-themed shorts, the festival will screen two locally produced films. “Beaver Creek” is a five-minute animated film in which Twigs the beaver and Drake the duck explore nature. “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” is the result of a cross-country trip by Ben Evans, Julie Evans, and Mark Dixon on a quest to travel to every state and talk to the residents about their particular environmental struggles and possible solutions. The documentary is feature-length, but the festival will only show a thirty minute excerpt.
There are three price points for admission to the festival: $15 gets you entrance; $25 buys admission to the VIP opening reception and a yearlong KWA membership; $40 nets all of the above plus a KWA water bottle.
More information, including ticket sales and film listings, can be found at the Kentucky Waterways Alliance website.
Image courtesy of the KWA website.