4th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes to the screen

2014_MRR_Wild&Scenic 8x14 flierJoin Missouri River Relief (MRR) and The Blue Note when they host the fourth annual Wild and Scenic Traveling Film Festival in Columbia on Sunday, February 9.  It’s an afternoon benefit of inspiring and eye-opening documentaries. Doors open at 1 p.m. and select films will be screened from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a silent auction and raffle. Local musicians David Dearnley and Sam Shin will be playing before and after the films.

The W&S film fest will feature 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.  This year’s selections focus on the connection between humans and the world we live in.

Trailer, Fighting For the Futaleufú from stephanie haig on Vimeo.

The Film Lineup includes Fighting For the Futaleufu, Dying Green, The Last Ice Merchant, Backyard, Of Souls + Water and a number of creative and inspiring shorts. “Backyard” is one of the most challenging films, focusing on the effects of fracking on the Missouri River watershed. A special treat will be a short film by Romanian MU grad student Roxi Pop about MRR called “Pelican Island Adventure”

“This keeps growing every year,” said Missouri River Relief program manager Steve Schnarr. “People love the opportunity to get together in the winter and spend a few hours being transported to beautiful places while learning about important and powerful environmental issues. This year’s focus on rivers and water is a perfect fit for our work on the Missouri River.”

A lot of the work and ideas for the festival come from the River Relief’s volunteer crew. “These folks love working together, for the community and for the river,” Schnarr said. “By the time February comes around they’re ready to get to work. Everyone has a lot of fun with this.”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour allows organizations across the country to select award winning films that speak to their region, their audience and their issues. Hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a natural extension of Missouri River Relief’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of their environment, as their mission has been to connect people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups and education.

The organization emerged organically in 2001 from a small group of people in mid-Missouri with a love for the Missouri River who simultaneously recognized the need for engaged stewardship and the desire of citizens to take part in watershed solutions.  In just ten years, Missouri River Relief has made a visible & lasting difference in over 20 communities, bringing together more than 16,000 volunteers to haul more than 1 million pounds of trash (676 tons to be exact) from the banks and floodplain of the Missouri River.

OF SOULS + WATER: THE NOMAD from NRS Films on Vimeo.

“Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” said Tour Manager, Susie Sutphin. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem.  When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference.  Come watch and see!”

The Columbia screening of the festival is supported locally by The Blue Note with a special grant from Patagonia. The festival’s alliance of National Partners helps make the traveling tour possible thanks to Patagonia, Clif Bar, Osprey Packs, Kanteen Klean, Grist.org, Tom’s of Maine and Sierra Nevada Brewing.

Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit Missouri River Relief!  Students are $6 and kids 8 and under are free.  For more info. about the festival & films go to www.riverrelief.org or simply reserve your tickets by calling the Blue Note at 573-874-1944.

Together we can take action for the health and beauty of our river!


Date and Time:  Sunday, Feb. 9

Doors open at 1 p.m. Films run from 2 to 5 p.m. followed by silent auction. Local musicians David Dearnley and Sam Shin will be performing before and after the films.

Location: The Blue Note, 17 N. 9th Street, Columbia MO

Tickets: $10.  Students are $6 with an ID. Kids 8 and under free.

Tickets can be purchased through the Blue Note’s  box office (573) 874-1944

More information at:  www.riverrelief.org