Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Friday, October 1, 2021
6:30 till 10 p.m. CDT
Ames City Auditorium
520 6th St., Ames, IA 50010
$20 per Ticket
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Prairie Rivers of Iowa presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival where activism gets inspired that features a collection of documentary-style films that entertain, educate, and inspire! Expert panelists will discuss the films and challenge the audience to join Prairie Rivers of Iowa staff and partners in working towards a better environment for us all. Displays will feature water quality, native plant and wildlife habitat restoration, and the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway – a National Scenic Byway.
Featured guest presenter ecologist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service National Plant Data Team, Chris Taliga will share a presentation about her avocation and conservation efforts that have come together during her family’s restoration of 160 acres of Iowa land into a prairie.
The festival’s finale film is the Iowa PBS documentary Iowa Land and Sky: Iowa Cities, Towns and Waterways, which explores how Iowa’s largest cities and smallest towns are often defined by waterways, flooding, and environmental challenges in the 21st century. A special presentation from one of the film’s producers Travis Graven follows.
Light food and drinks by Wheatsfield Co-op will be available for purchase and a silent auction will be held to benefit Iowa’s natural resources.
As an added bonus, five days of online streaming following the festival is included for ticket holders unable to attend in-person or who are inspired to watch it again and again!
Films You’ll See and Enjoy!
All films are available during the in-person event and through streaming unless otherwise noted.
24 Leeches – One part family adventure, one part environmental film, 24 Leeches is a tribute to a father’s best friend and adventure partner, his 10-year-old son. This film documents a family canoe adventure to the Slate Islands of Ontario, Canada and more –importantly a way of life. (streaming only)
Feathers in Flight: The Bird Genoscape Project – Biologist Mary Whitfield has spent two decades studying one of North America’s rarest birds: the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Not much is known about their migratory route, so Mary has joined a cutting-edge effort to gather data on birds’ genomes from individual feathers, connecting breeding and wintering populations of the same species and providing critical information to conservationists and managers. The Bird Genoscape project brings together researchers from all over the Americas in an effort to protect the birds that tie the Western Hemisphere together.
Bee Box – This is a story of contemporary agriculture and a need for change, as told by a bee and its box.
The Return – Something astonishing is happening in Vancouver. Despite exponential growth, causing the salmon run to collapse for decades, concerned citizens refused to give up. Rewilding in a city this size is almost completely unique. With a quiet, observing lens, The Return explores hidden enclaves of wilderness where tiny smolts simmer beneath the water’s surface. Their future is now in our hands.
Farmscape Ecology – Can farming and wildlife co-exist? Farmscape Ecology seeks to explore this question. A 1,500-acre research farm in New York’s Hudson Valley serves as the backdrop of studies into soil, water, wildlife, and native meadows. The results may surprise you.
River Looters – Three river surfers turned the obsessed free divers hunt for lost belongings in the Deschutes River. When not on a quest to reunite people with their lost belongings, they dive for trash. River Looters introduces us to most water logged and shreddy good Samaritans in Oregon.
Through the Breaks – A float down the Upper Missouri River in eastern Montana reveals a spectacular, remote, and unspoiled prairie landscape, whose preservation is the work of the American Prairie Reserve. For boatbuilder Jason Cajune, the river trip carries on a family tradition; he grew up on drift boats in Glacier National Park, operated by his parents. As a boatbuilder, Cajune says, “I’m really just sort of a caretaker of an idea that came before,” a succinct definition of conservation itself. (streaming only)
Iowa Public Television’s Land and Sky: Iowa Cities, Towns And Waterways – Explore how Iowa’s largest cities and smallest towns are often defined by waterways, flooding and environmental challenges in the 21st century.
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Without them, this event would not be possible!