Films gone wild

The explorers in <span style="">First Ascent</span> are impressive, but what about the guy who climbed even higher—with a camera—to film them?

The explorers in First Ascent are impressive, but what about the guy who climbed even higher—with a camera—to film them?

No disrespect to Al Gore, but the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival has presented inconvenient truths and inspired activism for five years now. That trend continues this Friday through Sunday with 110 movies about humanity’s place in—and responsibility to—the natural world. Energy activists should not miss The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, showing Friday at 7:16 p.m. and Sunday at 1:07 p.m., which explains how that country’s transition to organic agriculture and mass transit might work for larger nations facing oil shortages. Lest you feel overwhelmed by impending crises, rest assured that not all the offerings are so instructional. Features like the mountain-climbing documentary First Ascent, showing Saturday at 7:15 p.m., provide plenty of extreme-sports thrills, and a Saturday-morning kids’ program should keep things light. The films screen at various locations around Nevada City. To see the complete schedule and purchase tickets, visit www.wseff.org or call (530) 265-5961.