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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, July 18th

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

11 short films and 1 feature length film

(see below for details)

Featured Films

Not necessarily in this order


Aly Nicklas | 2018 | 4 min.

2019 Official Selection  Award Winner: 2019 Kids Jury – Honorable Mention

Fresh off training wheels, a four-year-old growing up in Valdez, Alaska begins to push her boundaries and explore what’s possible on her bike, her eyes naturally drifting to the mountains. We dive into the world of her fantasy and explore the mountains, glaciers, and rivers of Valdez by fat bike with a crew of boundary-pushing female athletes hailing from Alaska and beyond. Blue is a fantastical journey into a young girl’s imagination and a testament to the inherent creativity, innovation, and strength forged in women of the north.

Sacred Strides

Forest Woodward, Anna Callaghan, Marie Sullivan, Aidan Haley, Laura Kottlowski | 2018 | 12 min.

2019 Official Selection

Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears – and to send a message of unity. The Sacred Strides for Healing Prayer Run wove from tribal homelands across the Southwest to Bears Ears. Watch to meet the people who are participating in the public lands conversation with their feet and learn about why this land is so important to them.

Life of Pie

Ben Knight, Travis Rummel | 2019 | 11 min.

2020 Official Selection

In 2002, mountain bikers and entrepreneurs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to Fruita, Colorado, in search of cheap rent, world-class single track, and free time to ride. Over 15 years later, the two unconventional women have helped reshape one of the state’s most conservative towns, uniting the community through advocacy, inclusivity, and damn good pizza.

Creek Sessions

Tahria Sheather, Lindsey Hagen, Chris Nuam | 2018 | 7 min.

2019 Official Selection

Nature has a rhythm – it just takes one to tune into it. Jess Kilroy – musician, climber, and conservationist – travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds there, with the goal of sparking people’s love for these wild lands. Creek Sessions follows Jess on a sensory journey to create music in Utah’s Indian Creek, reminding us that wild places are worth protecting not simply for their landscapes, but for their soundscapes too.

Grizzly Country

Ben Moon, Shannon Ethridge, Annie Nyborg, Ben Sturgelewski | 2018 | 12 min.

2019 Official Selection

After 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 cause



Feel of Vision

Tucker Gragg, Austin Gardner, Kevin Weaver, Ben Frazier, Matt Dillman | 2018 | 26 min.

2020 Official Selection

In 1997, Lonnie Bedwell lost his eyesight in a brutal hunting accident. Lonnie’s faith in most basic abilities was shaken and depression started to weigh heavy on his life. Eventually, Lonnie came across a kayak and fell in love with the challenge of white water. The rest is history as Lonnie set off for the west and became the first blind man to take on the 226 miles of the Colorado River.

Girls and Glaciers

Annette Frahm | 2017 | 10 min.

2019 Official Selection

This film follows teenagers Akua and Melodie as they expand their personal boundaries in challenging high alpine glaciated terrain. They learn field science, art, wilderness skills, and teamwork through the nonprofit organization Girls on Ice.

Great Old Broads for Wolves

Samantha Bates, Danny Schmidt, Thomas Winston | 2018 | 5 min.

2019 Official Selection

Welcome to the southwest, where the land is wild and the women…might be even wilder. Introducing the Great Old Broads for Wilderness and their fight to keep southwestern Colorado’s wilderness an intact and natural environment. These women have come together to find their voice, and now are using it to give these lands a fighting chance.

Love, Trails, & Dinosaurs

Draft Agency, Alex Oliver, Edy Recendez, Jamison Stalsworth, Carson Hunt, Blake Waring, Dana Nies | 2018 | 8 min.

2020 Official Selection

This heartwarming film tells the story of the first person with autism to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Garan Moore. His mother, Theresa, shares their story of a journey for weight loss that developed into a passion for hiking – and 900 miles later…one historic achievement.

Wild Toddler Chronicles: Legacy

Brian Lewis | 2019 | 11 min.

2020 Official Selection   Award Winner: 2020 Kids Jury – Best Children’s Film

With an endless supply of fruit snacks, plenty of extra underwear and a pile of old photographs, two parents set out to retrace the route of an old adventure, this time with a two-year-old in tow, hoping to inspire the next generation to care about wild places.

In Your Hands

Brandon Moore, Nico and Mary Kate Van Den Berg, Luke Lasley, Bone+Gold | 2018 | 1 min.

2020 Official Selection   Wild & Scenic Film Festival School Program, 5-8th Grade

Visceral imagery, emotional score, and a powerful speech by John F. Kennedy underscore a timeless theme: we come from the sea. In Your Hands invites viewers to look inward and rediscover our connection with – and responsibility to – the natural world.

Living in the Future’s Past

Susan Kucera, Jeff Bridges | 2018 | 84 min.

2019 Official Selection

In this beautifully photographed tour de force of original thinking, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges shares the screen with scientists, profound thinkers, and a dazzling array of Earth’s living creatures to reveal eye-opening concepts about ourselves and our past, providing fresh insights into our subconscious motivations and their unintended consequences.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Sponsors

National Sponsors

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Local  Business Sponsors

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Local  Individual Sponsors

Allan & Kami Collins

Skip Bethrum

Lynn & Sharon Grotrian

Marv & Jude Kieca

Barbara Silverman

Karen Locke & Richard Udd