Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2021

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
Time: Lobby opens at 6:30 - Films from 7:00 - 9:00
Location: Virtual Event

This annual friend and fundraiser for Missouri River Relief always warms our hearts during the cold winter months, jump-starting the organization for another season on the river. This year, we will be taking our film festival to a virtual platform to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and participants. We know things won't quite be the same, but we will be putting the same love and care into this festival and film lineup. 


Click here to purchase your tickets for this virtual event.

$5 Students & Educators - Welcome all students and educators! Please use your .edu email address to purchase

$10 General Admission - A ticket for just you, or you and a loved one to enjoy the festival together

$25 Family pack - This pricing tier is designed to support Missouri River Relief while watching our film festival with your entire pod on the big screen at home

$35 Film Fest Fan - A link to watch the festival and a $25 donation to Missouri River Relief

$50 Catalyst Sponsor - A link to watch the festival and a $40 donation to Missouri River Relief

$75 Visionary Sponsor - A link to watch the festival and a generous donation. We will also add your name to our event webpage as a thank you for your support

After creating a Qudio account and purchasing your ticket you will receive an email from Qudio. Make sure to save your password and check your spam/junk folder. You will receive an additional email from Qudio close to the event day with the viewing link and instructions.

Missouri River Relief will also send out detailed instructions for attending this event the day before the event.

Click here to purchase your tickets for this virtual event.

Special Local Feature

"Trash to Treasure" - Dr. Mark Morgan, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri - Columbia

It’s hard to imagine that an environmental problem is also a solution in disguise. Removal of Asian carp from our waterways addresses two important, but seemingly unrelated issues – invasive species and malnutrition. For Midwesterners, these fish are a bane. For Haitians, they are a blessing. Discover the interdependence between people and nature in surprising ways.  Click here to learn how you can be part of the solution.

Film Lineup

"Rocky Intertidal Zones (Oregon)" - Irene Tejaratchi Hess

Filmed on the stunning Oregon Coast, this short film follows a 7-year-old boy as he explores rocky intertidal zones. Prehistoric creatures and art materials further inspire musings about ancient and present-day life.

"Detroit Hives" - Palmer Morse & Rachel Weinberg

East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. 'Detroit Hives' explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.

"Last Call for the Bayou: On A Wing & A Prayer" - Nadia Gill

Louisiana's delta is a veritable bounty of rich estuarine life, supporting a robust commercial fishing industry, fertile oil fields, millions of migrating waterfowl, and at the heart of it all the mighty Mississippi - a navigation channel that allows the passage of goods worldwide. The erosion of Louisiana's wetlands is one of the greatest environmental threats the US faces today. Every hour a chunk the size of a football field is lost. Without a mitigation strategy, the marine economy, oil and gas, and even the citizens of New Orleans will be seeking refuge elsewhere in 30 years or so.

"Sounds of Survival" - Katie Garrett

Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered exquisite spike-thumb frog (Plectrohyla exquisita). What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation.

"The Guardian Elephant Warriors of Reteti" - Katy Garton

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is the first-ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. It's a powerful story about the changing relationship between people and the animals they are protecting.

"If You Can Hear My Voice: The Fight to Ban Chlorpyrifos" - Martin do Nascimento

Claudia Angulo's son was born with developmental delays after she was exposed to chlorpyrifos during her pregnancy. Now, she's fighting for a ban on the pesticide. "If we want things to change, we have to work together," Angulo says. "Don't stay silent. Don't just sit around at home. Stand up and make your voices heard."

"Nature Now" - Tom Mustill

Made with no flights, recycled footage, and zero net carbon. Given away for free. Viewed 53 million times, played to the United Nations. This film is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate.

"SANCTUARY" - Shane Anderson

Set against the backdrop of the North Umpqua's most famous tributary, Steamboat Creek, which was recently designated as the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary, filmmaker Shane Anderson documents how these famed waters impacted Soul River, a group of veterans and urban youth as they learn about steelhead trout research by Pacific Rivers and meet conservation heroes Frank and Jeanne Moore. 'Sanctuary' explores the healing powers of wild places and rivers and the need to create more sanctuaries on public lands.

"Every Nine Minutes" - DJ O'Neil

Every nine minutes, the weight of a blue whale (300,000 pounds) in plastic makes its way into our ocean. To call attention to this, the Monterey Bay Aquarium built a life-sized replica of a blue whale made of single-use, locally sourced plastic trash. Certified by Guinness World Records, the whale is the largest sculpture of its kind ever built.

"ROCK-PAPER-FISH" - Connor Gallagher, Colin Arisman

Every year, all five species of salmon return to the Chilkat River and sustain the communities of Haines and Klukwan, but now a modern-day gold rush is underway in the mountains above the river's headwaters. 'Rock-Paper-Fish' offers a vivid look into the lives of Alaskans grappling with questions as immense as the place they call home.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to these generous local donors for making this event possible!

Luminary Sponsor

Visionary Sponsor

This spot is reserved for those generous donors that have given through the ticketing process.

Silent Auction Donors

Thank you to the artists, business owners and community members for their generous donations to our silent auction!

About the Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is organized and produced by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in Nevada City, CA. Their flagship festival is held anually in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California and spans 5 days featuring over 100 films, workshops, visiting filmmaker and activist talks, family-friendly programs and art exibitions. 

Missouri River Relief is a part of the Wild & Scenic's On Tour program along with 250 enviromental nonprofits, schools, museums and businesses across the country. We have the honor of choosing from a diverse lineup of outdoor adventure & environmental films from around the globe.

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