Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour Returns to Winston-Salem as Part Of Yadkin Riverkeeper’s Clean Water Weekend

By Staff


Yadkin Riverkeeper’s Second Annual Clean Water Weekend will witness the return of the nation’s largest environmental film festival of its kind – The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour. The weekend is a celebration of clean water that benefits Yadkin Riverkeeper’s work to preserve North Carolina’s second longest river.


On Friday, September 25, from 7-10PM, there will be an event at Krankies to meet filmmakers and hear about their adventures while making some of the world’s most engaging environmental films.

On Saturday, September 26, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour comes to SECCA. Witness some of the most powerful environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty and the challenges facing our planet especially related to fishing and water preservation. Saturday’s line up includes:

  • 3-4:30PM: Family-friendly films
  • 4:30-6PM: Music by the Luxuriant Sedans. The Luxuriant Sedans are five veteran musicians from the Triad region of North Carolina who just debuted their album, Born Certified. The album is currently No. 2 on the Amazon Digital Music Regional Blues charts, and is the No. 1 Hot Selling Blues Album.
  • 4:30-7PM:Food and “watery” art projects on the lawn
  • 6PM: Showing of two films produced by Winston-Salem Photographer Christine Rucker and Journalist Phoebe Zerwick. The YADKIN RIVER STORY tells the stories of communities that live, farm and worship in the Yadkin Valley and of people whose lives are shaped, in one way or another, by the Yadkin River that provides drinking water to more than 1.5 million people. Following YADKIN RIVER STORY will be a sneak preview of a new web-based documentary, SACRED RIVERS, which explores the spiritual connections of people, from varied religions, and America’s rivers.  This film was produced with grants from Wake Forest University.
  • 7-8:30PM: Evening films (PG-rated)
  • 9-10:30PM:  A special screening of DAMNATION, a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea-change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. DAMNATION’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.


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Adult tickets and packages are priced from $15 to $35. Children’s tickets to the family-friendly film screening are $5. Krankies is located at 211 E 3rd St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.  There are also volunteer opportunities during these events; call Yadkin Riverkeeper to sign up (336-772-4949) to volunteer.
For a full film schedule, click HERE.



Sunday, September 27, is the Yadkin River Clean-up and Celebration for World Rivers Day! The paddling event will include cleaning up the river, food, music and fellowship in celebration of clean water. Click HERE for details.

Clean Water Weekend is proudly presented by Indera Mills, one of the three largest producers of thermal clothing in the world and the largest in the United States; and made possible with support in part from the Alice M. O’Brien Foundation, Waterkeeper Alliance and members of Yadkin Riverkeeper. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour is nationally supported by ClifBar, Patagonia, Orion, Sierra Nevada, Klean Kanteen, Earth Justice and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.