The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument are bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Montana!
2018 Festival Teaser
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival , now in its sixteenth year, is the largest environmental film festival in the country. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, adventure, conservation, and wildlife. These films combine remarkable cinematography and expert storytelling that serve to deepen appreciation for the natural world and the work that people and communities are doing to protect it. Let's celebrate our planet and get inspired to protect it! We're bringing the festival to five locations across Montana -- we hope to see you there!
This year, the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument have selected 11 films that range from an unlikely pair tackling more than just summits, to the people along our very own Yellowstone River, to a story on a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.
(unofficial) History of the National Parks
Want to know the complete story of National Parks in under four minutes? It's hard to do, but this snappy short gives it a good shot. The (unofficial) History of National Parks covers everything from their creation to the challenges they ensure and inadvertently create; and how they provide benefit to both individuals and society.
Each fall, our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of back country scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.
The Shape of a River
At its core, The Shape of a River celebrates the Mighty Yellowstone as both partner and provider, ever-shaping the land and lives of those along its course and binding us to the very spirit of wildness. The film casts the story of the River through the eyes of those whose lives intersect with it in ways that run deep. Through them, we find a river that is fierce yet fragile, robust yet at risk.
Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it's ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.
Mothered by Mountains
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Nepal’s leading female mountain guide, has been on top of the tallest peaks on Earth. When she teams up to make a first ascent with an unlikely partner - local punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai - they both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within.
The Land We Live In
James Q Martin
The Brooks Range Council (BRC) was formed in the summer of 2012 as it became clear that the Alaska Department of Transportation was rapidly advancing its plan to build a 220-mile road into the Brooks Range to construct several open-pit copper mines in the region. John Gaedeke, the Chairman of the BRC, has multi-generational roots at Iniakuk Lake where his family owns a lodge in the heart of the the Brooks Range wilderness. John created this grassroots organization to give a voice to the local opposition of the proposed Ambler Road. The Land We Live In works to advocate for the people, landscape, and wildlife that would be directly impacted by the potential development.
Lost in Light
Lost in Light is a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, this piece shows how the night sky view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights.
Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen
"They say that when you're hit by the polar bug, you never leave." Don't say we didn't warn you. Nobody dies in Longyearbyen, or so goes the rumor. We went to the northernmost city in the world to find out why, and stumbled into the first act of a science fiction flick about something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.
Where the Wild Things Play
Friday night at the local watering hole and … where the ladies at? Answer: BASE jumping from high desert cliffs, performing tricks on slacklines, climbing granite routes, shredding singletrack, skiing backcountry lines and generally leaving you fellas behind. This rowdy ode to female athletes by Krystle Wright leaves no doubt about the state of women in today’s outdoor world: badass.
"In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors–including members of the Mi’kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province. Water Warriors is the story of a community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry."
A Letter to Congress
Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.