Wild and Scenic Film Festival for Earth Day

Films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival held earlier this year in California will be featured as part of an Earth Day celebration planned for Sunday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Events are co-sponsored by the Pitt-Bradford Environmental Studies Club and the Allegheny Defense Project.

Activities begin with a hike at 9 a.m. from Blaisdell Hall, but will center around nine short films from the national festival. Films will show from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Bromeley Family Theater with several intermissions for food, music, door prizes and exhibitors.

The event is free and open to the public. Those attending have an opportunity to win a kayak, Osprey backpack, a hand-crafted backpack mandolin, a sleeping bag, a fishing pole and other small items. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Environmental Studies Club and next year’s film festival.

A schedule of the films follows:

1 p.m. – “Gloop” and “One Plastic Beach.” “Gloop is a dark fairytale that follows the meteoric rise of plastic from its inception in a gloomy laboratory 100 years ago. Told like a Brothers Grimm fable, “Gloop” offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.

“One Plastic Beach” is about a couple who has been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for more than 10 years. Each piece comes back to their house, where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art.

1:30 p.m. – Short films from The Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Award Winners. Created by filmmakers from age 15 to 21, the films tackle fighting to make Girl Scout cookies more green, teaching environmental education through skateboarding, bringing urban communities through gardening, challenging the coal industry and surfing.

2 p.m. – Intermission.

2:30 p.m. – “Dark Side of the Lens” and “The Fishman.” “Dark Side of the Lens” is one man’s personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean-based photographer.

In “The Fishman,” Mike Kasic swims the Yellowstone River like a human-fish through swift river canyons and scenic mountain views, watching trout in fast currents filled with frothing water tornadoes.

3 p.m. – “Kayaking Seasons Fall, Winter, Spring.”

3:30 p.m. – “Chasing Water” and “Connecting the Gems.” “Chasing the Water” follows the Colorado River from its source to the sea. Photographer Pete McBride takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch. “Chasing Water” received an honorable mention at this year’s festival.

“Connecting the Gems” follows two National Geographic Adventurers of the Year on a 520-mile trek through one of the Northern Rockies’ premiere wildlife corridors. The two hikers traverse the Yellowstone-to-Frank-Church region, paying particular attention to large carnivores and the challenges they face as they journey between these two ecosystem “gems.”

4:30 – Intermission.

5 p.m. – “Mother Nature’s Child.” This hour-long film examines the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, risk-taking, the urban connection with nature, healthy rites of passage and the use of technology.

For more information on the films, visit www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org. For more information on Sunday’s activities, contact Dr. Stephen Robar, associate professor of political science at Pitt-Bradford, at (814)362-0242 or robar@pitt.edu. More information is also available at www.alleghenydefense.org.

Robar will be talking about the film festival on The Weekend Wrap at 6 a.m. Saturday on 100.1 The Hero and 9:15 a.m. Saturday on 1490 WESB.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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