Saturday, May 12
Wild Child Matinee Showtime 11 am – $5 (under 3 free)
General Program Showtime 7 pm – $15/$10 students

COS Theatre
800 College Ave.
Weed, CA

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind – it leaves you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world. The Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba Rivers Citizens’ League) in Nevada City, California, and films are made available to local environmental groups for education and fundraising.

Here in Weed, California, this year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is better than ever, including two local entries and a special “Wild Child” matinee children’s’program.

Selected screenings will include “Water Town“, Maya Craig’s documentary about the City of Weed’s battle against Roseburg Lumber’s attempt to sell the town’s water to Crystal Geyser, and also “The Salmon Will Run“, a film Nahko Bear produced on the Winnemum Wintu Tribe’s 2016 Run4Salmon benefit to return native fish to the McCloud River.

Please follow our Facebook page and check our website frequently for more information and film trailers as we lead up to this amazing event.

Evening Films

(unofficial) History of the National Parks
Ryan Maxey | 4 min.

Parks Project teamed up with friend & Filmmaker Ryan Maxey ( to celebrate the National Park Centennial with an informative, subjective, and off the wall mini doc on the history of the National Parks

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A Letter to Congress
Chris Newman, Amani King, Dalia Burde | 3 min.

Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

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American Psychosis
Amanda Zackem | 15 min.

Pulitzer-prize winning Journalist, Author and Activist Chris Hedges, discusses modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion.

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Conservation Generation
Spencer MacDonald | 10 min.

Conservation Generation is a new short film by the National Young Farmers Coalition that offers a look into the lives of four young farmers and ranchers in the arid West. Despite contending with the impacts of historic drought, climate change, and increased competition for water, the film’s farmers are each committed to their communities and to finding innovative solutions to water shortages.

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Killing Games: Wildlife Caught in the Crosshairs
Camilla H. Fox, Caroline Kraus, Sarah Gorsline, Tatiana Freitas | 10 min.

On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wildlife are massacred in wildlife killing contests that ignore the critical role apex predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Project Coyote’s groundbreaking exposé Killing Games – Wildlife In The Crosshairs uncloaks this hidden war on wildlife, inspiring viewers to help end these brutal contests where wild animals become living targets.

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The Salmon Will Run
Shadia Fayne Wood, Olivia Abtahi, Survival Media Agency | 16 min.

This is the story of Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the journey to bring our salmon home. Though they are not a federally recognized tribe and are small in numbers, the Winnemem Wintu have made tremendous strides in achieving their mission. They have galvanized people across the country, made their way into federal agency meeting rooms, and have raised $80,000. Our film brings our audience to the heart of the issue, helping them understand what is at stake, and why they need to be involved.

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Lost in Light
Sriram Murali | 3 min.

Lost in Light is a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, this piece shows how the night sky view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights.

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Wildlife and the Wall
Ben Masters, Fin & Fur Films | 2017 | 5 min.

Filmmaker Ben Masters (Unbranded) goes into the heart of the Big Bend, the last true wilderness in the state of Texas, to consider what effects building a border wall might have on wildlife dispersals, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment.

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Mothered by Mountains
Renan Ozturk, Ben Ayers, Patrick McDaniel, Camp4 Collective | 16 min.

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Nepal’s leading female mountain guide, has been on top of the tallest peaks on Earth. When she teams up to make a first ascent with an unlikely partner – local punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai – they both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within.

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Shadow of Drought: Southern California’s Looming Water Crisis
Bill Wisneski, Palomar College Television | 42 min.

While California recovers from the worst drought in state history, a myriad of impacts resulting from climate change threaten Southern California’s imported water supply. As a shadow of drought hangs over the region, this documentary explores the dire consequences of inaction that lie ahead.

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Water Town
Maya Craig | 24 min.

The current and three former mayors of the City of Weed, California fight to win their spring water back from a web of multinational corporations they believe are stealing it from them.

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Are you a Wild Child?!

This year there will be a special showing for children dubbed Wild Child! Tickets are $5 and children under 3 years old are free. These eight films are child appropriate, but inspiring for the whole family! We encourage all ages to attend this matinee showing. The run time is about 87 minutes.

The Siskiyou County Arts Council will have art stations set up outside the theatre before the showing beginning at 9:30AM and also after the showing until 1:30. Specifically, the Art Cart will be creating flowers from plastic bottles! Bring plastic bottles with lids and learn how to repurpose one time use plastic into beautiful flowers!

Bring plastic bottles with lids to make flowers before and after the films!

Additionally, there is a 9:30AM family nature walk! This is first of many for the summer. Join herbalist Cara Saunders of Bear Wallow Herbs for a hands-on workshop and demonstration of how to use local plants as natural remedies! We will meet by the COS theater and take a short walk along the Bear Trail. You will learn how to identify a common weed called “Plantain” and how to use it fresh or prepared as a topical salve. Plantain is a fast-acting remedy for mosquito bites or bee stings and can even be used to pull out a splinter, heal wounds, and calm the rash of poison oak! This is a free, kid-friendly event that does not require attendance to the film showing.

Wild Child Films (matinee)

Brothers of Climbing
Jason Zemlicka, Jamie Hubbard, Duncan Sullivan | 7 min.

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.’” A small group of climbers began to challenge that thought. The Brothers of Climbing is a crew that’s making the climbing community more welcoming. Watch to see how they created a community where one wasn’t.

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Dragging 235 lbs Uphill Both Ways
Christina Franklin | 8 min.

The next generation is becoming increasingly plugged in to electronics and out of touch with the outdoors. This will have enormous effects on future conservationism. A mother of four kids decides to turn off the screens and make a change. Though challenging, her kids go from fearing and ignoring nature to understanding and loving it.

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Ghosts of the Arctic
Abraham Joffe | 7 min.

Follow the grit and determination of polar photographer Joshua Holko as he traverses the frozen landscape of Svalbard, in the high Arctic, to encounter polar bears on foot. Taking place during one of the coldest periods in the last few years, the crew suffered frostbite and camera failures during the filming process. The aerials featured in the film do great justice to the stark beauty of the arctic landscape.

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Imagination: Tom Wallisch
Dave Mossop, Sherpas Cinema | 5 min.

We’ve all been that kid sitting in the back seat of our family car, wishing we were somewhere else. Through the boredom, the driveway snow piles, sidewalk handrails and stair sets start to tease our inner skier. Watch day dreams come to life as Tom Wallisch shreds the snowy streets of Nelson, British Columbia.

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My Irnik
Matthew Hood, François Lebeau | 2017 | 15 min.

A young father teaches his son about the value of shared adventures, exploration and his ancestral Inuit heritage.

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Kelly Milner, Shot in the Dark Productions | 28 min.

A group of indigenous youth spent 10 years converting traditional trails around Carcross, Yukon into a world-class mountain biking destination and have transformed the community – and themselves – along the way.

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Tenkara Kid
Mark Steudel | 5 min.

This film hearkens back to the time in our youth when fishing gear was easily carried in one hand, when we measured
our trips in steps, when each fish mattered and every species was relished. This film is a reminder to preserve these
waters for the generations to come.

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The Invisible Mammal
Kristin Tieche | 10 min.

Beyond the impacts of climate change and habitat destruction, certain bat species in North America are also suffering population decline due to white nose syndrome. In this first installment of The Invisible Mammal series, we meet The Bat Rescuer, Corky Quirk. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people. She works with injured and orphaned bats, returning them to the wild and keeping a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education.

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