Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Lost Coast Interpretation Association is proud to host this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival, August 13th, at the Redwood Playhouse in Garberville.  The fun starts at 4 pm with sounds of swing & gypsy jazz performed by Skyline Swing, food, drinks and silent auction. This year’s award winning film collection Best Of Fest starts at 5 pm.  There will also be door prizes and a raffle for a $600 24 speed mountain bike!

Tickets are $20 Adults/ $15 Seniors & Students, and are available via info@lostcoast.org or at the door. All proceeds go to support the many environmental educational programs of LCIA such as the Lost Coast Environmental Education Resource lessons for local schools, scholarships for our Youth Interpreters, Summer Adventure Camp, hikes, lectures, and our Education Center with Native Garden.

We hope to see you there!

This Year’s Films

Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon 

Tomer Eshed | 2016 | 4 min.

“This “nature documentary” is actually animated. The chameleon’s biggest flaw is its “untamed sense of appetite.” He wants to eat anything that flies by, which turns out to be his downfall.

Red Wolf Revival

Roshan Patel, Nestbox Collective | 2015 | 24 min.

Award Winner: 2017 Student Filmmaker Award

This is the story of the last remaining wild population of red wolves. Centered on the historic recovery effort in Eastern North Carolina, the film documents the multifaceted struggle to reintroduce one of the rarest animals on earth in the face of cultural, economic, and biological challenges in North Carolina.

Douglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy

James Q Martin, Chris Cresci | 2016 | 16 min.

Award Winner: 2017 Honorable Mention

Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. The founder of The North Face and cofounder of Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building successful global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world, completing first descents of the world’s toughest rivers. In 1968 Doug embarked on a trip to Chile, driving with friends from California to the tip of Patagonia.  In the early 1990s, Doug sold his part of Esprit and turned his entrepreneurial energies to land and wildlife conservation projects in South America, working alongside his wife, Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. Over the last 25 years, Tompkins-initiated efforts have helped secure 4.75 million acres in new protected areas in Chile and Argentina including five new national parks. Tragically killed in a kayaking accident on December 8th, 2015,  Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission.

Eel River – Return to Abundance

Michael Wier | 2017 | 6 min.

Additional footage: Shane Anderson, Pat Higgens, Jason Hartwick, Darren Meirau

The last century has been hard on the Eel. Population growth, logging, mining, increasing demand for water, and now climate change. The Eel River ecosystem is compromised, and the salmon have suffered.

But the Eel is resilient, has shown signs of recovery, and has the ability to thrive once again. The Eel presents the best opportunity to restore historic fish abundance in California. CalTrout is leading the way with a headwaters-to-sea approach to restoring and preserving something truly wild in California.


Katie Schuler, Nick Rogacki

Award Winner: 2017 Best Short

This is an intimate glimpse into the journey of a single pangolin; from the moment it is taken from the wild to its final destination in China. Filmed on location across three countries with the help of reformed poachers and wildlife enforcement officers, the film acts as a surrogate for an estimated hundred thousand pangolins that are poached and smuggled annually throughout Southeast Asia and Africa. This film seeks to inform a broad audience about pangolins and the illegal trade they are central to, in order to address the very real danger that pangolins might be extinct before much of the world ever knew they existed. Filmed with minimal commentary to be as immersive as possible, Pangolin offers audiences the opportunity experience the life, death and afterlife of the most illegally trafficked mammal on the planet.


Bridget Besaw, Tahria Sheather | 2016 | 19 min.

2017 Official Selection

Meet Ray Reitze, a Maine wilderness guide and gentle spirit who shares his philosophy of how to live in harmony with the outdoors to the next generation of guides – all the while grappling with his own mortality as he transitions from the physical world of guiding to a more spiritual understanding of nature and our ephemeral place within it.

Elk River

Jenny Nichols, Joe Riis, Arthur Middleton | 2016 | 28 min.

2017 Official Selection

Award Winner: 2017 Most Inspiring Adventure Film

Scientist Arthur Middleton, photographer Joe Riis, artist James Prosek and filmmaker Jenny Nichols join forces in this documentary that captures the migration of elk in the Yellowstone area through a multidisciplinary lens. For many of the elk herds that summer in Yellowstone National Park, home is outside the protected park boundaries the rest of the year, as far as 70 miles away. Mirroring a similar expedition undertaken in 1871 that fused science and the arts, this modern band of explorers join their ungulate counterparts on a trek from Wyoming’s rangeland through snowy mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk and other migratory species that call the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home.


Additional film information and trailers can be found at the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival site.


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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

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