The evening features a selection of films and local environmental organization exhibitors that revolve mainly around wildlife conservation, sustainable eating, and the preservation of natural areas.
EVENT: Wild and Scenic Film Festival and EnviroFair
Date & Times: Sat Jan 26, 2018, Films at 7:30 p.m. or 9:10 p.m., EnviroFair from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Natural History Museum, 1 Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA Map
* Doors open: 6:00 p.m.
* First Show — Films: 7:30 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.
* EnviroFair: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
* Second Show — Films: 9:10 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in the world. There will be two showings of the same films. Be sure to stop by the EnviroFair in the Sears Hall of Human Ecology to visit with local environmental partner organizations and find out how you can make a difference.
Stop by to visit the WCAS Exhibit Booth!
A LETTER TO CONGRESS
Dalia Burde | 2018 | 3 min.
Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.
Charles Post | 2018 | 15 min.
Each fall, our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of back country scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.
THE INVISIBLE MAMMAL - THE BAT RESCUER
Kristin Tieche | 2018 | 10 min.
Beyond the impacts of climate change and habitat destruction, certain bat species in North America are also suffering population decline due to white nose syndrome. In this first installment of The Invisible Mammal series, we meet The Bat Rescuer, Corky Quirk. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people. She works with injured and orphaned bats, returning them to the wild and keeping a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education.
LOST IN LIGHT
Sriram Murali | 2018 | 3 min.
Lost in Light is a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, this piece shows how the night sky view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights.
Gabriel Diamond | 2018 | 6 min.
In 2004, frustrated by failed marine conservation efforts, marine biologist Alasdair Harris encouraged a coastal Madagascar community to close off a small section of their octopus fishing area. A few months later, the community saw huge increases in their catch and incomes. The model went viral, showing the world that protecting the ocean can and should go hand-in-hand with improving lives.
Jonathan Kolby | 2018 | 13 min.
After surviving for millions of years, frogs around the world are disappearing in a global extinction crisis. Human activity has unleashed a deadly parasitic chytrid fungus, now spreading like wildfire through the international wildlife trade. Jonathan Kolby and the Honduras frog rescue team are racing to battle this fungus and save endangered frogs in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park before they vanish.
MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
Jon Bougher | 2018 | 5 min.
Our ancestors believed that the movements of celestial bodies were a form of music - they called it the ‘music of the spheres.’ Wanda Diaz-Merced, a blind astrophysicist from Puerto Rico, studies the universe through sound and carries on this ancient tradition. Using Wanda’s actual sounds, this film weaves a journey of a truly unique scientist.
Ohio EPA | 2018 | 12 min.
To many, the Cuyahoga River fire on June 22, 1969 represents a turning point for environmental regulation. This river caught the attention of the nation due to excessive pollution. Certainly not the worst, it was thrust to the forefront as a symbol of environmental degradation. With the formation of the U.S. EPA in 1970 and passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, changes were in store for all waterways in the United States. In addition to the Clean Water Act, the Cuyahoga River was one of the 43 Areas of Concern identified by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. These programs and regulations were focused on improving the lives of those both in and near the water. Now 50 years later, how is the river doing in its recovery "fueled" by local, state and federal partners?
Ryan Maxey | 2018 | 4 min.
Want to know the complete story of National Parks in under four minutes? It’s hard to do, but this snappy short gives it a good shot. The (unofficial) History of National Parks covers everything from their creation to the challenges they ensure and inadvertently create; and how they provide benefit to both individuals and society.
THE RHINO GUARDIANS
Dan Sadgrove | 2018 | 6 min.
The Black Mambas is the world’s first all-female anti-poaching unit operating in the Balule Game Reserve in South Africa. Coming from disadvantaged communities and breaking strong patriarchal tradition, these courageous women focus on eliminating illegal wildlife trade through conservation, education and the protection of wildlife, helping to ensure the long term survival of threatened and endangered species in the area. It is their belief that the war on poaching will not be won with guns and bullets, but through education within their local communities.
FORGOTTEN BUT NOT GONE: THE PACIFIC FISHER
Neil Losin | 2018 | 8 min.
For the past 20 years, conservation organizations have advocated for listing Pacific fisher under the Endangered Species Act. And as recently as 2015, U.S. Fish and Wildlife recommended federal protection for the population. But despite the emergence of new threats, in April of 2016, Fish and Wildlife reversed their decision. Forgotten But Not Gone takes you into a world of drugs and the timber industry as it pulls back the veil on this controversial decision not to list Pacific fisher under the Endangered Species Act - and what it means for the future of the Pacific fisher.
Leila Conners | 2018 | 21 min.
Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it’s ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.
The ticket price includes viewing films and complimentary snacks provided by the Zack Bruell Cafe. Tickets can be purchased for beverages, wine, and beer.
- ADVANCE: Members $15; non-members $20; Advance rate ends Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
- REGULAR: Members $20; non-members $25. Naturalist Certificate hours (S): 2