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Wild & Scenic Film Festival offers free events

Submitted photo by Kipchoge Spencer

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is offering free events this year as part of its efforts to raise awareness about climate change.

There will be free workshops from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Activist Center at Nevada City’s City Hall.

“We will be closing Commercial Street Saturday and Sunday and there will be ongoing community events happening,” said Beverly LaFae, downtown coordinator for the film festival.

The workshops will cover a variety of topics with messages about activism, said Samantha Hinrichs, Wild & Scenic public relations manager.

“There will be activist workshops, anywhere from making your own film to working with youth to river and water-related issues.”
— Samantha Hinrichs,
Wild & Scenic public relations manager

“There will be activist workshops, anywhere from making your own film to working with youth to river and water-related issues,” Hinrichs said.

There will also be free art shows from more than 80 artists and art receptions, according to the Shana Maziarz, Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s creative director.

The premiere of the documentary “Streams of Consequence” by director and Rios Libres cofounder James Q. Martin, about proposals for alternative energy in Patagonia, can be viewed for free 5-6 p.m. today at the Haven Underground.

A multimedia and spoken word presentation also will be featured where participants can learn about the Yuba River dams and how to take action on preservation campaigns.

Several presentations will take place today, including a presentation by photographer Matt Black at Elixart from 4 to 5 p.m., “Watercourse: In Pursuit of a Moving Element,” today from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Haven, and “Thirty-Year Plan: Thirty Writers on What We Need to Build a Better Future,” 9-10 a.m. Sunday at the Curly Wolf.

“An ongoing event is the art stroll and that is a number of local artists and downtown businesses collaborated and showing art,” LaFae said. “You can get a map and walk around and see the local art.”

There will be a Native American traditional round dance near the Barkhouse at the bottom of Broad Street, as well.

A bicycle-powered stage will also be featured at the festival, an idea that originated from musical group Ginger Ninjas, who made a bike trip down to Mexico while using a bicycle-powered sound system.

“My favorite thing about it is it provides us as a band with independence so we can
play wherever we want and it engages people more than just dancing when they’re pedaling along,” said Kipchoge Spencer, Ginger Ninjas singer.

“It’s about demonstrating self-sufficiency and showing bikes in another context.”

Children will also have the opportunity to wear masks of endangered species for the endangered species parade at noon today.

“After the kids get out of the film session, they can dress up and we’ll be providing masks and they will be met by big oil and cars and deforestation and all of that,” Hinrichs said.

The festival has expanded over the years to include more than just films, Hinrichs said.

“I think the thing that’s amazing about the festival is it’s not just about film anymore,” she said.

“It’s really like a fun conference full of all sorts of events with so many free receptions and the parade and a lot of different people are involved in it.”

Visit http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org for a full list of events.

“Most of the free events are to involve the community and encourage people to come on out and join us and celebrate the amazing community we have,” LaFae said.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email jterman@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4230.

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