Yadkin River Keeper Brings Nation’s Largest Environmental Film Festival to Winston-Salem

By Staff
Yadkin Riverkeeper’s First Annual Clean Water Weekend is going to bring the nation’s largest environmental film festival of its kind, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, to Winston-Salem from September 26 to 28.

one sheet
one sheet

The weekend, presented by Indera Mills, features 31 films that will be shown at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and a/perture cinema on Friday and Saturday as a benefit that helps fund the programs of Yadkin Riverkeeper. A river clean-up paddling event will be held on Sunday in celebration of World Rivers Day. The weekend is made possible with support in part from the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation; and by national sponsors, including the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Clif® Bar, Patagonia, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Mother Jones, Klean Kanteen, Orion Magazine and Waterkeeper Alliance. Tickets are priced from $15 to $26 (children under age 12 admitted free) and may be purchased at YadkinRiverkeeper.org.

During the festival, you will witness some of the most powerful environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty and the challenges facing our planet. “We are excited to bring this internationally recognized celebration of nature’s beauty to Winston-Salem for the first time,” said Terri Pratt, operations director of Yadkin Riverkeeper. “We’ve specifically selected films that are related to fishing and water preservation in the hopes of inspiring people to join our movement to protect the Yadkin River. During each session, there are films that everyone will enjoy, but if you have children, you won’t want to miss the 4:30pm session at SECCA with entertaining films for the younger crowd.”

Over the course of Clean Water Weekend, films will be shown in two 1 and a half hour increments at each venue, with a half-hour intermission between each viewing session. Tickets are sold for each 1.5-hour increment.

Clean Water Weekend kicks off on Friday, September 26, at SECCA. Yadkin Riverkeeper invites you to come early and enjoy beer from Sierra Nevada and Foothills Brewing, local wine and the best local food trucks. Films on Friday include (see selected trailers below):

streams of consequence
streams of consequence

FRIDAY SECCA SESSION 1 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm:
I Am Red by Pete McBride
Carbon for Water by Evan Ambramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson
Beyond Reclaimed by James ‘Q’ Martin, Chris Cresci, and John Tveten
Streams of Consequence by James Q Martin and Chris Kasar
FISHING PONO: Living In Harmony with the Sea by Mary Lambert and Teresa Tico
FRIDAY SECCA SESSION 2 – 8:30pm to 10pm
Water & Wood by David Herasimtschuk
Fighting For the Futaleufú by Stephanie Haig and Darrell Lorentzen
Powell to Powell: Portraits of the Upper CO by Will Stauffer-Norris, Zak Podmore, David Spiegel and Carson McMurray
Tailings by Sam Price-Waldman
The Strong People by Heather Hoglund and Matt Lowe

On Saturday afternoon, the festival moves downtown Winston-Salem to a/perture cinema for a series of matinee films:

hidden rivers
hidden rivers

SATURDAY a/perture SESSION 1 – 12:00 to 1:30pm:

Paramos: Water for Life by John Martin
The New Environmentalist: Marshland Dreams by John Antonelli, Andrew Black and Todd Miro
Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
Sacred Headwaters by Paul Colangelo
Damocracy by Todd Southgate, Tolga Temuge and Doga Dernegi

SATURDAY a/perture SESSION 2 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia by Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk
A Changing Delta by Andrew Quinn
Tahoe Time by Justin Majeczky
Long Live the King by Cory Luoma
Not Yet Begun to Fight by Shasta Grenier and Sabrina Lee

Saturday late afternoon kicks off with a series of films for children and families; and in the evening, concludes with some of the most riveting and award-winning films of the festival:

SATURDAY SECCA SESSION 1—4:30pm to 6pm at SECCA
FAMILY-FRIENDLY FILMS
Two Laps by Owen Trevor
Mr. Smith’s Peach Seeds by Stewart Copeland
An Inconvenient Youth by Slater Jewell-Kemker
Who Rules the Earth? by Paul Steinberg and 11 students at CalArts
Yukon Kings by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Haiti: Frame of Mind Expedition by Jenny Nichols

glaciers
glaciers

SATURDAY SECCA SESSION 2—6:30pm to 8pm at SECCA
Walk on Water by Andy Maser
Down the Line by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts
Glacier Caves by Ed Jahn, Amelia Templeton, Andy Maser, Steve Amen, Hayden Peters, Katie Campbell and Todd Sonflieth
Snows of the Nile by Nathan Dappen and Neil Losin
Cascada by Anson Fogel and Shannon Ethridge

Sunday is the Yadkin River Clean-up and Celebration Party for World Rivers Day! The river clean-up paddling event kicks off at 10am at Crater Park. The 5.7 mile paddle ends in Mitchell River. “There can’t be a better way to conclude the weekend and celebrate World River’s Day than with a fun clean-up paddle down the river. Anyone can paddle the Yadkin! Plus, it gets you out on a scenic part of the river to enjoy all that it has to offer.” Following clean-up, join the World Rivers Day Celebration at Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery, North Carolina’s first certified organic winery, where you will find food, bluegrass music and fellowship in celebration of clean water. There is no cost to paddle and the party is free, however, all paddlers must register HERE.