Come be inspired, amazed, and invigorated! Film lengths range from 2 minute to 18 minutes. There will be an intermission.

Saturday, June 8                                                                            
Pre-reception free nature hike @5pm.
Lite bites reception (and cash bar) @5:30pm.
Films begin @7pm

The Winton Centre - Great Parks of Hamilton County, 10245 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231

Early Bird Ticket $15 before midnight, June 1.

After June 1...$20

Ohio River Foundation is excited to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour to Greater Cincinnati! Join ORF for an evening that will educate and inspire. Participants will enjoy 12 short films, refreshment and community engagement aimed at addressing the health of our environment and our community. Films cover a variety of topics on a global as well as regional scale including water quality, restoration, wildlife protection, invasive species, negative impacts of dams, and outdoor adventures. Attendees will have access to ORF and sponsor organizations to find out more about opportunities to enjoy and protect nature in your own community. ONE TICKET BUYS ADMISSION TO WATCH ALL FILMS and pre-film lite bites reception and cash bar!

2019 FESTIVAL FILMS

~ Featured Films ~

Big World - As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests, and soccer practice? Join Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven‐year‐old son Thorne on a week‐long stand up paddle boarding journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. "There's a basic paradox to parenting", says David. "You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring.”

Blind Sushi - The film tells the story of a blind travel writer who goes foraging and diving with the world’s first sustainable sushi chef, in search of enlightenment and a new way to see the world.

Canis Lupus Colorado - Ghosts are stirring in Colorado's high country. These are the guardians of a delicate balance. They haunt the trees, the water, the animals - the very fabric of the land itself. Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado's now extinct native wolf population. Now we're at a tipping point: the emerging west, the future of our public wildlands, and the health of vast ecosystems are all at stake. And the choice is up to us.

Clay Bolt - Clay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer for World Wildlife Fund and has been featured in prominent magazines such as National Geographic. Affectionately referred to as the bug guy, Clay explains how and why he focuses on the 99% of life on earth that is smaller than your finger.

Flipping the Switch - LeeAnne Walters led a citizens’ movement that tested the tap water in Flint, Michigan, and exposed the Flint water crisis. The results showed that one in six homes had lead levels in water that exceeded the EPA’s safety threshold. Walters’ persistence compelled the local, state, and federal governments to take action and ensure that residents of Flint have access to clean water. Narrated by Robert Redford, Flipping the Switch is part of The New Environmentalists, which illustrates how ordinary people are effecting extraordinary change.

For the Love of Mary - First‐time 97‐year‐old runner, George Etzweiler, completed the race up the northeast's tallest peak, Mount Washington, when he was 69 years old. Despite having a pacemaker, the State College, Pennsylvania resident competes in the grueling 7.6‐mile race up nearly 4,700 feet of paved road, breaking his own record each year for the oldest finisher. In addition to his ancient, lucky, green running shorts, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years, Mary.

Grizzly Country - 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 causes.

March of the Newts - Follow one of the forest's funkiest creatures into a gangly gathering of amphibious affection... and learn how you can help protect these sensitive animals from an emerging disease.

Mexican Fishing Bats - When the sun sets over the Sea of Cortez, a tiny bat weighing about as much as five nickels emerges from the boulder‐covered hillsides on Isla Partida and heads out to sea. At night, according to Hurme, “is when the magic happens.” All night, the bats swoop across the sea surface, snagging fish that still elude capture by the researchers despite their boats, nets, and high‐tech gear. This video follows Hurme and his team in action, as they untangle the mystery of how these endangered bats find their prey.

Visions of the Lost Sierra - This film examines the past, present, and future of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, one of the first eight rivers protected by the Wild & Scenic Act in 1968. Through the eyes of local Maidu, fisherman, and conservationists, viewers will experience this unique place and understand the hopes and dreams of those who are working to keep it wild.

What Does It Take? - What Does it Take? is the introduction to the New Environmentalists series. The New Environmentalists share a common goal, safeguarding the Earth’s natural resources from exploitation and pollution. The series features portraits of passionate and dedicated activists around the globe who have placed themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries for environmental justice in their communities. They are the winners of the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Prize, recognizing grassroots environmental activists from around the world.

Your Rivers Need You - The Red River in Kentucky was slated to be dammed in the early 60s and young landowner Joe Bowen supported it. He even gave the  speech in favor of the dam against Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and the Sierra Club. Not anymore. “In 75 years of living, I’ve changed my attitude about this wild river. The river is ours. So, if it’s ours, then it’s also our responsibility. I want my great grandchildren to see what I have seen.” In 1993, the Red River received Wild & Scenic River Designation.

Early Bird Ticket $15 before midnight June 1.

$20 after June 1.

 

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