The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument are bringing the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Montana!
DEFINED BY THE LINE
Rebecca Cahall, Alex Lowther, Jimmy Hooper
Josh Ewing began visiting the Bears Ears region of southeastern Utah to climb at Indian Creek and explore the local archaeology. But when he moved to the town of Bluff, he saw degradation from oil drilling, looting, and careless visitors. Ewing knew simply loving a place was no longer enough.
THE WILD PRESIDENT
Will Stauffer-Norris, Sinjin Eberle, Jacob Boling
President Jimmy Carter, an unsung environmental hero, grew up in awe of natures wonder. But it wasnt until he first paddled the Chattooga Rivers Bull Sluice did he understand the power of a wild river. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, happening in 2018, President Carter urges all Americans to protect more wild rivers.
THE HIGH DIVIDE
Eric Bendick, Roshan Patel, Grizzly Creek Films
They say The High Divide is the place where the world is cut in two. Then again, it may be where everything comes together. This place was once called the big empty. bursting at the seams with deep forests, streams brimming with trout, meadows flush with grizzlies and wildflowers, and peaks so wild and vast they stretch all the way to the horizon. Its also full of people. People who love the land. Cowboys who love salmon. Range riders who shepherd cattle and carnivores. Woodcutters who fight for forests. Generation after generation stewarding land and water. These are the lost voices of the American West. A new film celebrates the confluence of a wild place and its visionary people.
ONE WOMAN ROADBLOCK
A former tribal chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, Marilyn Baptiste led her native community in defeating proposed gold and copper mines that would have destroyed Fish Lake—a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for her people. Narrated by Robert Redford, One Woman Roadblock illustrates how an ordinary person can effect extraordinary change. Marilyn Baptiste is a true environmental hero who placed herself squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries while building strong grassroots support.
PALE BLUE DOT
Chin Li Zhi
Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos through an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth.
Scientist Arthur Middleton, photographer Joe Riis, artist James Prosek and filmmaker Jenny Nichols join forces in this documentary that captures the migration of elk in the Yellowstone area through a multidisciplinary lens. For many of the elk herds that summer in Yellowstone National Park, home is outside the protected park boundaries the rest of the year, as far as 70 miles away. Mirroring a similar expedition undertaken in 1871 that fused science and the arts, this modern band of explorers join their ungulate counterparts on a trek from Wyoming’s rangeland through snowy mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk and other migratory species that call the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home.
Five of the most respected names in the fly fishing world converge on a single creek in Montana to talk about their passion and to discuss the single biggest threat to their timeless pursuit, climate change. Can four million fly anglers make difference? Legendary fishermen, including Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, believe it is possible.
THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST: BOUNDARIES
Neil Losin, Nate Dappen, Day's Edge Productions
Humans construct boundaries around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations to bring order to a chaotic world. But we rarely consider how these boundaries affect other creatures. Meet conservation photographer Krista Schlyer, who has spent the last seven years documenting the environmental effects of the U.S./Mexico border wall, and biologist Jon Beckmann, who studies how man-made barriers influence the movement of wildlife. Schlyer and Beckmann have seen damaging impacts of the border wall firsthand, but they remain optimistic. Humans probably wont stop constructing walls and fences any time soon, but planning our boundaries with wildlife in mind can help prevent these structures from causing environmental harm.
A WALK IN THE PARK
Galen Knowles, Phil Hessler, Zeppelin Zeerip, WZRDmedia
Follow Kelly Halpin on the type of ‘Picnic’ that only a Jackson Hole resident can concoct. A human-powered natural obstacle course, The Picnic route includes 42 miles of biking, 2.6 miles of swimming, and 6,000 feet of elevation gain while hiking.
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS
Peter Byck, Hal Honigsberg, Todd Johnson and FlexiP, Ming Tai, Jim and Paula Crown
One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to, as Will says, the industrialization of agriculture.
Ben Knight, Ben Moon, Skip Armstrong, Moonhouse
There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times.
Denali is the story of the relationship between photographer Ben Moon and his beloved dog, Denali. This short film is about friendship, loss and the beautiful fight for life.
YELLOWSTONE'S NORTHERN RANGE
Steven M. Bumgardner
The Northern Range is the hub of wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Occupying just 10 percent of the park, it is winter range for the largest elk herd in Yellowstone and is arguably the most carnivore-rich area in North America. Early predator removal changed the ecosystem and restoration of carnivores has had significant and unexpected impacts on the habitat.
FORGET SHORTER SHOWERS
Jordan Brown, Derrick Jensen
Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal solutions.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival , now in its fifteenth year, is the largest environmental film festival in the country. 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!