Wild & Scenic Film Festival: 13 film premieres

This year, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival will take place at the Whiteside Theater on Thursday November 17th. “Currents of Hope”-themed shorts will air from around 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the Whiteside offering its usual refreshments as well as beer from Block 15 and wine from Lumos.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children 12 and under. Click here to buy online. Tickets will also be available at the entrance. Proceeds support the Corvallis Environmental Center and its mission to connect local youth with nature and healthy food. If you can’t make it to the festival in person, it will be available to stream from November 17-21, and local teachers can get a special in-class version to show their students.

The 13 films of this year’s festival, in the order in which they will be screened:

“In Search of the Salmon”

The opening film of the festival is presented by the non-profit association based in Corvallis Illustrated fresh water, and follows 11-year-old Keyona to a wonderful world of trees, water, and friendly fish. The Salmon Watch program, which gives Northwest students hands-on experience in salmon habitat, is featured.

“Rooted in Culture: The Wild Camas of Oregon”

Camas root has been a staple of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest for thousands of years. Oregon director Michelle Alvorado’s film explores the plant’s history through members of the Confederate tribes of Warm Springs who continue to harvest the roots today.

“My Last Day of Summer”

A lively blend of animation and live action, this short uses the imaginative journey of a young mountain biker to explore issues of wildfires, forest conservation and outdoor adventure.


This short documentary from director Ami Vitale tells the story of Shaba, a young elephant orphaned when her mother is shot by poachers, and the special bond she forges with the women who groomed her for a return to the nature at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya.

“Vala North”

In the far northern atolls of Papua New Guinea, Chief John Aini is using traditional knowledge to save the enchanting but endangered coral reefs of his home. Vala North offers a beacon of hope in a changing world: hope for the coral reefs around these islands and for the communities that depend on them.

“True savage”

One of North America’s largest wolf packs lives on Ted Turner’s ranch just outside of Bozeman, Montana. This film follows the pack and the wolf expert who studies them, and re-examines the complicated relationship between humans and wolves in the American West.


Another multimedia entry, this short from Swiss director Sämi Ortlieb combines skiing footage and stop-motion animation to create an exciting new take on skiing adventure film.

“The New Ecologists: Rainforest Action”

The latest in this ongoing series spotlights activists protecting the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution, while fighting for justice in their communities. Activists in this series are recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize.


This film follows Erin Parisi’s journey as she discovers her own identity as a transgender woman and trains to climb the famous Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on every continent, to raise awareness and awareness of the trans community.

“The Church Forests of Ethiopia”

Ethiopia’s ancient forests have been decimated by agricultural expansion, but pockets of this irreplaceable ecosystem survive around hundreds of churches, “scattered like emerald pearls across the brown sea of ​​agricultural fields”. Forest ecologist Dr Alemayehu Wassie works with priests and local communities to protect these vital islands of forest.

“Guardians of the River”

Back in Oregon and California, this film from American Rivers and Swiftwater Films highlights the struggles and victories of the Yurok people as they work to remove dams on the Klamath River. Scheduled to begin next year, this project will be the largest dam removal in history and restore salmon access to more than 400 miles of habitat.

“Can’t beat this place for fun”

This short film takes you to Flagstaff’s work (and hobby!) shop, Fretwater Boatworks, Arizona, which continues the tradition of wooden boat building. Embodying the legacy of famous river runner and ardent conservationist Martin Litton, the unique characters of the Fretwater team work to conserve a river and a way of life.

“One Star Review: National Parks”

Ending on a light note, the festival’s final film is a short exploration of America’s national parks through their most commendable Yelp reviews. In a society that rates and rates everything, even the most beautiful landscapes in the country cannot avoid bad reviews.

For more information, visit the Corvallis Environmental Center website or email [email protected]

By Ian Rose

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