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Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2020

Warm up with friends and family on a winter afternoon with enlightening and inspiring films from around the globe. This year marks Missouri River Relief's 10th Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an annual friend and fundraiser that showcases inspiring films from around the globe and the people working to protect it.




Sunday, February 9

The Blue Note

17 N 9th St. - Columbia, MO 

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. | Films from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.




Adults: $15 | Students: $10 | Children 6 and under: FREE

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, January 16th and will be available until Saturday, Feb. 8th at midnight. There are three ways to purchase tickets in advance:


We will have a silent auction upstairs lined with fantastic items and experiences, live music before and during intermission, a 50/50 raffle drawing, a fresh bake sale, coffee, and of course fresh popcorn with a deluxe seasoning bar. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase at the bar. 


Live Music

We have the fantastic local artists The Blue Stooges lined up to keep you entertained before the films and during intermission. This BBQ dipped rockabilly bunch will keep us rockin' and rollin' with their talented mix of jump blues, country, and garage punk. Get ready to dance yer pants off!

The Blue Stooges

Photo by kevin Dingman


Special Local Features


"Sri's Story" - Tom Newcomb & Jim Karpowicz

Follow Sri Rajan and her friends and family as they make a direct impact during a Missouri River clean-up at the confluence. 

“Investigating the Missouri River” - Tom Newcomb & Jim Karpowicz

Hop aboard a Missouri River Relief boat as we investigate the Missouri River through exploration and experimentation at the confluence of the two longest rivers in North America.

“Providence Climbing” – Jim Karpowicz

Join local climbers Katie Uttley and James Stack as they explore climbing routes in our own backyard. Complete with magnificent views of the Missouri River, this short film will have you reaching for more. 


Film Lineup


“A New View of the Moon” – Wylie Overstreet, Alex Gorosh

A New View of the Moon

Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.

“Colors of Change” – Jenny Nichols

Colors of Change

Experience Greenland through the eyes of Artist Zaria Forman, NASA scientist John Sonntag, and Inuit Elder Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq "Uncle" as art, culture, and science collide in a region defined by climate change. Zaria travels to Greenland for inspiration for her next body of work and to visit the fjord where she spread her mother's ashes. Sonntag is the lead scientist for Operation IceBridge, gathering information on the ice sheet. Uncle speaks for the ice and recalls when his elders saw the "big ice" melting for the first time in the 1960s.

"Carpe Diem" - Jake Gigliotti, Kevin Shiramizu

Carpe DiemIn a city full of people trying to catch a break, one lucky man hooks into an unexpected dream that becomes the role of a lifetime, reminding him to seize each new day as a chance to do what he loves.

“JUNK” – Chris Jones, Marcus Eriksen, Joel Paschal, Alec Baer, Lia Colabello, Katy Hass, Elan Glasser

JUNKOn June 1st, 2008, Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal embarked from California for Hawaii aboard a plastic bottle raft. Without a motor or support vessel, the duo set out determined to raise awareness about the proliferation of plastic waste in our seas. Guided by Eriksen's first-person narration, viewers will be transported from the North Pacific to war-torn Kuwait, down the Mississippi River, and back again as the raft's origins are revealed and a movement is born.

“Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white?” – Angela Fichter, Daniel Penner, Nikhil Swaminathan, Amelia Bates

Our National Parks Belong to EveryoneOnly 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the Trump administration will only make things worse. Watch our video to learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet the conservationists of color who are trying to change the parks' future.

“The New Environmentalist: Defending the Deep” – John Antonelli, Will Parrinello, Claire Nouvian

Defending the DeepA tireless defender of the oceans and marine life, Claire Nouvian led a focused, data-driven advocacy campaign against the destructive fishing practice of deep-sea bottom trawling, successfully pressuring French supermarket giant and fleet owner Intermarché to change its fishing practices. Her coalition of advocates ultimately secured French support for a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling that led to an EU-wide ban.

"Ashes to Ashes" - Taylor Rees

Ashes to AshesA small community in Northeast Alabama. A mayor whose town sits on the river's banks. A businessman in the Mobile Bay. All are impacted by coal ash, a pollution by-product of burning coal. Billions of tons of ash are stored in unlined pits alongside our rivers and streams causing harmful pollution such as mercury, arsenic, and other heavy metals to be dumped into waterways where we fish, swim, and drink. Ashes to Ashes tells the story of coal ash in Alabama and invites a call to action.

“Climbing Out of Disaster” – Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill

Climbing Out of DisasterIn the immediate aftermath of Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria, a group of local climbers bands together to use their skills and knowledge for the greater good of the community.

“Clay Bolt” – Chema Domenech

Clay BoltClay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer for World Wildlife Fund and has been featured in prominent magazines such as National Geographic. Affectionately referred to as the bug guy, Clay explains how and why he focuses on 99% of life on earth that is smaller than your finger.

“Seeds of Hope” – Jon Bowermaster, Chris Rahm, Devin Pickering

Seeds of HopeFrom planting to harvest, follow the Akwesasne Tribe of northern New York, the Hudson Valley Farmhub, and Seedshed as they honor Native American seeds at the risk of extinction. Can they preserve this rich agricultural heritage and the stories each seed holds?

“GRIZZLY COUNTRY” - Ben Moon, Shannon Ethridge, Annie Nyborg, Ben Sturgelewski

GRIZZLY COUNTRYAfter serving in the Vietnam War, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock spent years alone in the Wyoming and Montana wilderness observing grizzly bears. This time in the wild changed the course of his life. With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes.

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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