The Wild and Scenic Film Festival Returns to Red Bluff on March 30

Be prepared to be wowed! The 5th Wild & Scenic Film Festival is returning to the historic State Theater in Red Bluff, where you can expect to see award-winning films about great outdoor experiences. The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us all.

Hosted by the Tehama Conservation Fund , the event includes raffles, concessions, and awe inspiring films from around the world. Proceeds benefit TCF, the nonprofit branch of the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County.

This year they will be showing a film, Visions of the Lost Sierra, featuring a Red Bluff native and his life-long adventures on the Feather River. General admission is $12 and student’s with ID can get in for $10.

Here is a preview of the nine films that will be played at the event:

The Shape of a River

The Shape of a River casts the story of the Mighty Yellowstone 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. At its core, this film celebrates the River 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.

Return from Desolation

For Garrett Eaton, a remote and rugged section of the Green River called Desolation Canyon is more than a river; it is a place where he finds peace — and a place that brought him back from the brink to reclaim a life he almost lost. At his core, Garrett is a river guide, but his story doesn’t start here.

Returning to the wild rivers and canyonlands of his youth, Garrett found true freedom — and fought his way back from the depths of addiction and despair. With each pull of the oars, Garrett reclaimed his faith, his sobriety and most importantly — his family.

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.

Chasing Wild: Journey Into the Sacred Headwaters

Three friends set off on a 400km bike packing and packraft expedition through the heart of the sacred headwaters in northwestern British Columbia, birthplace of three critical salmon rivers, and home to the Tahltan people. In the wake of the devastating Mount Polley Mine disaster, the team’s goal is to understand what is at stake as a wave of new mines are developed across this remote corner of the province. Their journey offers an exciting and sobering window into this wild landscape as they pedal through vast boreal forest, paddle frigid whitewater, battle monster trout, outrun a grizzly, learn about the Tahltan’s fight to protect their homeland, and glimpse inside a massive open pit mine.

Imagination: Tom Wallisch

A New View of the Moon

Become reacquainted with awe alongside strangers interacting with a telescope trained on the moon. Watch as Wylie Overstreet takes a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles to give passersby an up-close look at a familiar object: a new view of the moon.

Visions of the Lost Sierra

This film examines the past, present, and future of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, one of the first eight rivers protected by the Wild & Scenic Act in 1968. Through the eyes of local Maidu, fisherman, and conservationists, viewers will experience this unique place and understand the hopes and dreams of those who are working to keep it wild.

(unofficial) HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL PARKS

National Parks are hard.

Sky Migrations

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.

My Mom Vala

Life has a way of putting us where we need to be. For Vala, that’s in both Greenland – where she works at her family’s fishing lodge – and Reykjavík, where she teaches her daughter how to do it all on her own, too.

In Perpetual Motion

Surfers and free divers know well those dark, lung-searing seconds waiting to surface after a wave has pinned you to the ocean floor. It can feel like an eternity. In those underwater minutes, Australian adventure photographer Krystle Wright envisions herself in a desert with roiling grey skies and bootpacking a snowy ridgeline, her trusty Canon capturing the stunning dreamscapes. Vivid and ethereal, In Perpetual Motion is about the remarkable beauty revealed when time stands still for just a moment.

Your Rivers Need You

The Red River in Kentucky was slated to be dammed in the early 60s and young landowner Joe Bowen supported it. He even gave the speech in favor of the dam against Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and the Sierra Club.

Not anymore. “In 75 years of living, I’ve changed my attitude about this wild river. The river is ours. So if it’s ours, then it’s also our responsibility. I want my great-grandchildren to see what I have seen.” In 1993, the Red River received Wild & Scenic River Designation. Watch Your Rivers Need You for the story of Joe Bowen and the magic of the Red River, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.

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