Founded by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), the Wild & Scenic Film Festival uses filmmaking to inspire environmental activism in the US and across the globe. On October 29th, Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) will bring the festival’s touring program to Pittsburgh for the first time, and with it a lineup of 15 selected works depicting the struggle for clean water and conservation. See details and three film descriptions below:
The Colorado River ran to the sea for six million years but stopped nearly two decades ago. In the spring of 2014, something changed. An experimental pulse of water flooded this river of sand and a team paddled the crest to see if they could be the first to navigate this forgotten delta and once again kiss the sea.
Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own “waste canal.” This documentary follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.
In having lawns, are we giving in to societal expectations that have no real rationale, or do lawns have more meaning than we are typically willing to give them? Is the grass really always greener on the other side? For a lot of people, “in lawns we trust” is more than a motto: it’s a way of life. Conversely, many folks see their lawn as an enemy. Lawns actually have a lot in common with other hot button social issues in that there’s no ambivalence where they’re concerned–one way or the other, everyone has an opinion. American Lawn explores this fascinating dichotomy, resulting in a lighthearted, surprisingly insightful, and kaleidoscopic portrait of Americans of all stripes grappling with their relationships to lawn.
The first annual Pittsburgh Wild & Scenic Film Festival will begin at 6 p.m. at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. The event will also include refreshments, a raffle, and a silent auction. Doug Oster, Home and Garden Editor for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Emmy Award-winning producer, television host, and writer, will serve as emcee. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at the PRC website.