Wild, scenic, ’roided
This year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s theme is climate change. So basically, it’s like An Inconvenient Truth on steroids.
Here’s why: In its 11th year, the annual Nevada City and Grass Valley festival continues its tradition of using film and workshops as a call to action on environmental issues. Wild & Scenic branches out this time with a dozen locations throughout the two cities hosting different screenings and activities. It’s also got 3-D film nights, guest speakers, awards ceremonies, block parties, music and kids’ programs.
One standout special guest is local snowboarder Jeremy Jones. The professional athlete is committed to hiking up mountains to ride backcountry slopes in lieu of using helicopters, which he and other snowboarders have often used to scope out the most pristine spots. He founded Protect Our Winters to help get the snow-sports community active in fighting climate change. His film, Jeremy Jones’ Further, will be screened during the Saturday, January 12, 7 p.m. session and the Sunday, January 13, 1:15 p.m. session. Another local athlete, free climber Alex Honnold, will speak after screenings of the climbing film Honnold 3.0 during the same sessions.
Don’t-miss nonfilm-related activities include: a community paddle on the Yuba River (Friday, January 11, 9 a.m.); an opening reception with hors d’oeurves, local wine and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Friday, January 11, 4 p.m.); a climate-action parade (Saturday, January 12, noon); eco-tours (Sunday, January 13, 10 a.m.); and an awards ceremony (Sunday, January 13, 12:15 a.m.). Workshops will help visitors learn about oceans, climate justice, environmental policy and local streams. And of course, dozens of films will highlight topics such as global activism, nuclear power, melting ice caps, farming, water use and animals. So grab your Patagonia jacket, buy some passes and get your Lorax on. January 10-13; call for ticket prices. Various locations throughout Nevada City and Grass Valley; (530) 265-5961; www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.