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Upcoming Events:


Big Rock Clean-up and Tour, Tuesday, April 1, 9AM-Noon

Willoughby Property Clean-up, 9-Noon, Saturday, April 19


Thanks for making the Wild & Scenic Film Festival such a great success!


Over 500 people attended our event over two nights, culminating is a SOLD OUT evening Saturday night. Over 50 new members joined us and we made lots of new friends. Check out our photo album on Facebook and see if you can "tag" anyone you know. We have already set a date for next year, March 13-14, 2015! See you at the movies!

A very speecial thanks to this year's WSFF 2014 Sponsors!



Film Program - Saturday, March 15


The Joy of Air
Bryan Smith, Fitz Cahall
"Leave the ground beneath your feet, Rise up, your inner legend greet. A body in motion – Twisting, turning, churning, yearning –Apex found, heaven bound. But remember, what goes up must come down. (Canada, 2013, 4 min)


Walk On Water
Andy Maser
Having been paralyzed from the waist down in a ski accident, Greg Mallory finds new life through whitewater kayaking. Greg's story is a celebration of the spirit that lives within each of us. (USA, 2013, 5 min)


Dan Childs, Nick Werber
Reynaldo lives in the Amazon Rainforest … he used to cut down trees and farm the land to survive. He learned the hard way that it was not a sustainable way to live. Then he learned how to farm in balance with the forest. Now he travels all over the region helping others to do the same. (UK/Peru, 2013, 6 min)


Water & Wood
Jeremy Monroe, David Herasimtschuk
After more than a century of 'cleaning' dead wood out of our rivers, we have accidentally removed critical life support systems needed for salmon and many other river creatures... and it's now time for some heavy lifting. Water & Wood shows how far some restoration groups are going to get this important habitat element back into rivers. Captured as part of the forthcoming film Willamette Futures. (USA, 2013, 4 min)


A Life Well Lived/Jim Whitaker
Eric Becker
Legendary Mountaineer Jim Whittaker talks risk, beauty, and adventure on the 50th anniversary of his historic summit of Everest. (USA, 2013, 4 min)


Tahoe Time 1.5
Justin Majeczky
MF Osborn/Woods, Sat Evening
The beauty and essence of Tahoe is addictive. Experience Tahoe over 14 months. This short films is the next best thing to being there.  (USA, 2012, 5 min)


From the Ground to the Clouds
Denise Zmekhol

Fifty years ago Jane Goodall set out to study the wild chimpanzees of Tanzania with little more than a pair of second-hand binoculars, some pencils and a notebook. Now her team uses mobile devices, satellite imagery and cloud-based mapping technologies to create a comprehensive picture of the conservation challenges in the Congo Basin. This transformational approach to habitat conservation is part of a global effort to monitor natural resources … and is giving hope to the survival of endangered chimpanzee populations. (Tanzania, 2013, 8 min)

Elk Grass
Abbey Luck, Pete Van Leeuwen
Told in an abstract and dreamy manner, this animated music video the viewer floats in and out through space around the lonely mountain, Elk Mountain, capturing the serenity and isolation inherent in nature.(USA, 2013, 2 min)


Fall Run
Todd Moen
Hooking and landing a steelhead on a fly is not easy. It is arguably the most difficult type of fly fishing in the world. This story belongs to the brave steelhead himself. He makes his way, half-way across the world with predators on his tail, safely to swim up this tiny inland river where he meets, in a brief encounter, two ecstatic anglers and a very patient camera lens. One spectacular adventure always leads to another … and this is it. (USA, 2013, 15 min)

Slow Is Fast
Dan Malloy
Last fall, Dan Malloy and friends set out to bike and surf their native California coast. After two months and 700 miles, they were rolling back home to Ventura. "I learned more about the people and place here," he wrote, " than I had in thirty five years and a thousand trips by car.". (USA, 2013, 30 min)