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Wild & Scenic Film Festival - 2014


Sunday, February 9th, 2014 - 2:00-6:00 p.m. The Blue Note - Columbia, MO

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This was our fourth year hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, and it was a great success! On a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon, 250 people filled the venue to screen a diverse slate of films, feast on amazing treats baked up by River Relief volunteers and raise funds for Missouri River Relief. Thanks to many silent auction donations from a long list of community members and local businesses, we raised almost $6,000 for Missouri River Relief's local clean-up and education projects.

Our theme this year was the connection between humans and the world we share.

See photos from the event here.

The event was hosted by Missouri River Relief, The Blue Note and several national sponsors listed on the right.

About the Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic traveling film festival has over 100 venues across the country showing environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth's beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.

The festival is the brainchild of the South Yuba River Citizens League from Nevada City, CA.

Thanks to a grant from Patagonia, Missouri River Relief was able to bring this inspiring and eye-opening film fest to our home town and we hope these films might inspire you to take action for the health and beauty of our community!

Film Lineup

Hidden Rivers of Appalachia

(4 min.) - Jeremy Monroe, David Herasimtschuk (U.S.A.-2013) Southern Appalachia is a little-known biodiversity hotspot for aquatic life and is home to some wildly diverse fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish and other critters. Hidden Rivers takes an immersive look at the little-known creatures of these waters, their striking beauty and extreme vulnerability. It feels like a summer day swimming in the Ozarks. 

futaleufuFighting For the Futaleufu

(16 min.) - Stephanie Haig, Darrell Lorentzen (U.S.A.-2013) The "new energy" economy is causing many nations to look again at massive hydroelectric dam projects. The Futaleufu River in Patagonian Chile is one wild place in the crosshairs of these new projects. In the 1980’s boaters successfully navigated the Futaleufu river in Chile, and eco-tourism flourished, bringing vibrant opportunities and jobs to the community. Local activists and boaters now fight to preserve this unique river and its community.
View trailer 
•  Futaleufu on Facebook  •  Website for Futaleufu Riverkeeper

Cafeteria Man: Memphis School Makeover

(6 min.) - Richard Chisolm, Sheila Kincade (U.S.A.-2012)  Chef Tony Geraci is at work remaking the Memphis School District's meal programs, incorporating local, non-processed, fresh foods into the meal plan. He is working with local farmers to design student-run gardens located right in the schools. “My job is to put healthy kids in front of educators so they can learn," says Geraci. dyinggreen

Cafeteria Man website  •  Article in Memphis Flyer: "Farm to School"  •  Q&A with Tony Garaci

Dying Green

(23 min.) - Ellen Tripler (U.S.A.-2013)  Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, this film explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. The efforts of one small town doctor have radically changed our understanding of burials in the US.
View trailer  •  Visit on Facebook  •  PBS interview with filmmaker Ellen Tripler (w/video)  •

He integrated local, non-processed, fresh foods into the meal plan, surveying students first to make sure it was all what they wanted to eat. - See more at:

dude-whaleSong of the Spindle

(4 min.) - Drew Christie (U.S.A.-2011)  Animation. A hilarious intellectual showdown between a hipster and a sperm whale.
View trailer  •  Artist's website  •  Q&A with Drew Christie

The Last Ice Merchant (El Ultimo Hielero)

(14 min.) - Sandy Patch (U.S.A./Ecuador-2012)  For over 50 years Baltazar Ushca has harvested the glacial ice of Ecuador’s Mount hieleroChimborazo. His brothers, both raised as ice merchants, have long since retired from the mountain. This is a story of cultural change and how three brothers have adapted to it. Best Short Doc, Woodstock FF, Woods Hole FF and Napa Valley FF.  
View trailer  •  Film website, with shorts, extras and more  •  Filmmaker blog  •  Q&A with director Sandy Patch

The Man Who Lived on His Bike

(3 min.) - Guillaume Blanchet (Canada-2012)  An outrageous short by a man who lived on his bike for 385 days.
Q&A with Guillaume Blanchet



(27 min.) - Deia Schlosberg (U.S.A-2013)  This film takes place literally in our backyard. Two of the locations in the film, Montana and North Dakota, are in the Missouri River watershed. Backyard tells the stories of five people in four states, all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, but all at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their differences, unnerving similarities emerge from their shared experiences with the massive unseen entity that is “the industry.”
View trailer 
•  Film website    Links for more info on hydrofracking  •  Q&A with director Deia Schlosberg

motherOf Souls + Water - The Mother

(6min) - Skip Armstrong (U.S.A.-2012)  The life of a woman – her life, her dreams, her legacy – painted on the canvas of still waters in deep canyons.
View series trailer   •  Behind the scenes video   • 


(3 min) - Christopher Paetkau, Trevor Gill (Canada-2012)  Let's face it: composting isn't the most glamorous of topics or activities. It can be dirty, rotten, and smelly. But it doesn't have to be. Meet Linda Olsen - master composter. (Canada, 2012, 3 min)

greggtreinishGreg Treinish - A MoveShake Story

(15 min) - Alexandria Bombach (U.S.A. -2013)  Gregg Treinish hiked the length of the Andes mountains with Deia Schlosburg, the director of "Backyard". This effort won the pair the National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Award. Gregg took the lessons he learned, his passion for the outdoors and his background in wildlife biology to found Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, which pairs outdoor explorers with scientists to turn expeditions into data collection opportunities.
View ASC's website 
•  Gregg's story on Nat Geo  •  Blogs by Gregg

Missouri River SUP (a teaser)

scott still

(1 min) - Scott Mestrezat (U.S.A. - 2014) Last year Scott Mestrezat dropped his Chicago job and hit the river, in a way no one had done before. Using a stand-up paddleboard he built himself, he paddled the entire Missouri River from Three Forks to St. Louis, the first person to ever have done this. Perhaps the first person to have even thought of doing it. This year he will release a feature film created from his experiences. He's given us a little taste, and we cannot wait to see the rest.

Scott's Website •  Interview with Scott •  "The Missouri River in One Minute", another Scott short

Pelican Island Adventure

(6 min) - Roxana Pop (U.S.A. - 2013)  Missouri River Relief and John Burroughs High School students spent a few chilly days camping on a Missouri River gravel bar and cleaning up trash from the river banks and islands. Romainian MU graduate student Roxi Pop put together this great video capturing the experience.

View on YouTube  •  River Relief blog on the experience  •  Roxana Pop's website

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