Wild & Scenic Film Festival

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Join us once again as we host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Loft Cinema on August 15th, 2012.

Buy your tickets online now!

 Discounted tickets available NOW at Summit Hut, Antigone Books, and the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop!

“Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager Susie Sutphin. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we can start making a difference.”


When: Wednesday, August 15th – 6:30pm
Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, Arizona
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door and online

View the press release here. 

For more information contact Gabe Wigtil, gabe.wigtil@sonorandesert.org or call 520-388-9925.

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A huge “Thank You!” goes out to all of our event sponsors and partners. Would you or your business like to sponsor the event and support our efforts to host the film festival here in Tucson? Your sponsorship is a great way to inform a captive audience about your support for local environmental groups, raise awareness for your own green initiatives, and share your desire to keep the Sonoran Desert a great place to live. Please contact Gabe Wigtil at gabe.wigtil@sonorandesert.org or 520-388-9925 for a list of sponsorship levels and benefits.

Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival
August 16th-19th


This year’s film festival is being held in conjunction with Tucson Audubon Society’s second annual Bird & Wildlife Festival. Visitors from all over the world will be converging on Tucson for a week of birding and wildlife-related activities and we are excited to share our film festival with them as one of the featured evening programs.

Find out more about field trips and workshops, or register online today!

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The Films

We have an exciting, engaging, and inspiring slate of films at the festival this year!

Connecting the Gems

Deia Schlosberg & Gregg Treinish
(USA, 2011, 27 min)


Follow 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.’

Mining Patagonia (17 min) explores the issues and consequences that an open pit mine would impose on this environmentally rich yet fragile town just an hour south of Tucson.

In Meet the Beetle (25 min) we see how even the tiniest of critters plays an important role in keeping our world a vibrant place and how school children can get engaged in conservation in a powerful way.

In Chasing Water (18 min), photographer Pete McBride takes an intimate look at the Colorado River watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea.

eel*water*rock*man (6 min) is a short documentary vignette celebrating nature’s cycles, contentedness, and the last man on the east coast who still fishes for eels using an ancient stone weir.

An Ill Wind (8 min) tells the story of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, located about 30 miles north of Las Vegas and about 300 yards from the coal ash ponds and landfills of the Reid Gardner Power Station. If the conditions are just wrong, coal ash picks up from Reid Gardner and moves across the desert like a toxic sandstorm, sending the local residents running for their homes.

One Plastic Beach (8 min) is a short film about Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang, two artists who have been collecting plastic debris from one Northern California beach for over ten years. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and installations with the plastic they find washed up, raising a deeper concern with the problem of plastic pollution in our seas.

The Wolf and the Medallion (20 min): Journeying to an unexplored granite canyon on the border of China and Mongolia, Jeremy Collins finds not only adventure with friends and the local nomads, but a moment of reflection. From that moment comes a letter home to his four year old son.

Weed War (6 min): One man’s obsession to do his part for the environment using weed-eating goats to control noxious invaders in the Rocky Mountains.


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We need your help to make the event a success! This is a great opportunity to support the Coalition and see some inspiring and entertaining films. All volunteers will receive free entry to the event and we will do our best to make sure that you get to see as many of the films as possible. Please email gabe.wigtil@sonorandesert.org or call the office (520-388-9925) if you are available to help.

We want this to be a huge success, so please consider helping out with this exciting event!

We need help both leading up to the event and on the actual night of the event.

Thanks for all of your help, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!