Environmental activism hits the silver screen when the Wild and Scenic Film Festival stops in Pittsburgh.
The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) and Allegheny CleanWays will present a touring program from Wild and Scenic Film Festival on March 9 at Chatham University. According to the PRC website, the event includes an evening of short documentaries showcasing “breathtaking ecosystems and powerful stories of individuals and communities taking action to protect their health and the environment.”
The Pittsburgh screening includes Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries, a look at the work of conservation photographer Krista Schlyer, who has spent the last seven years documenting the environmental effects of the US-Mexico border wall, and biologist Jon Beckmann, who studies how man-made barriers influence the movement of wildlife. Also showing is Diversity and Inclusion In Our Wild Spaces, a film about nonprofit agencies, land management bureaus and other people involved in a movement to encourage more people of color to visit and seek careers in the outdoors.
Originally a project of the South Yuba River Citizens League, the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival uses the power of cinema to raise awareness about environmental issues threatening the planet. Since 2003, the festival has evolved into the largest environmental film event in the nation, kicking off each January in California.
Three years ago, the festival launched a touring exhibition designed to inspire environmental activism in communities all over the country. Besides Pittsburgh, the 2017 nationwide tour will visit more than 150 cities in states from Alaska to Alabama.
“Now more than ever it is important for citizens to be educated on environmental issues facing their community and the world around us,” says PRC regional director Justin Stockdale. “Whether you’ve been an activist for years or you’ve just recently committed yourself to support our environment, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival offers a unique opportunity to educate, entertain, and inspire all at once.”
Myrna Newman, executive director of Allegheny CleanWays, says the festival serves to kick off the peak season for her organization and PRC to clean up illegal dumpsites and process hard-to-recycle materials like televisions and household chemicals.
“We’re excited to screen these beautiful and award-winning films which educate citizens about the issues and inspire them to take action to protect Pennsylvania’s environment and public health,” says Newman.
The Pittsburgh leg of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival takes place on March 9 at 6 p.m. in Chatham University’s Eddy Theater. Discounted tickets are available through February 10. All proceeds benefit PRC and Allegheny CleanWays.