VWA Presents the Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Nickelodeon Theatre
Santa Cruz, CA
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VWA Presents the Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance on Thursday, October 17th at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Santa Cruz for fantastic films about wild things & wild places, guaranteed to inspire you to get outside & give back! This seventh annual VWA presentation is the first Monterey Bay stop on the Wild & Scenic world tour. All proceeds benefit wilderness conservation in the Big Sur backcountry.

Thursday, October 17th: Doors at 6:00 pm | Showtime 7:00 pm.
Show up early to check out our raffle!
Location Address: Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St | downtown Santa Cruz.
Ticket Prices: $20 + fees in advance | $25 + fees at the door.
More information: Call 831-423-3191.

Attendees can decide which prize(s) they'd like to win. Raffle prize lot tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20 (must be present to win).


2019 Official Selection | Andy Miller, Robin Moore, Annie Burke | 12 min.  
Prepare to be swept off your feet and placed on top of a mountain that was not accessible to the public for over 60 years. Mount Umunhum stands 3,486 feet tall between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. To restore the top of the mountain and open it to the public, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District collaborated with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The results of this collaboration are deeply meaningful and visually stunning for anyone who visits the peak.

Tracking Snow
2019 Official Selection | Danny Copeland, Jaclyn Aliperti, J.P. Lawrence, Tanya Martinez | 5 min.  
Discover a novel way of studying elusive carnivores - using snow! Join scientists Jessie and Tommy as they re-purpose an old technique in a way that not only revolutionizes how we study threatened species and manage our landscapes, but also highlights the importance of collaborative conservation.

Lorchestre Dhibernation Animaux
2019 Official Selection | Tom McNamara | 5 min.  
What if hibernating animals formed an orchestra and performed a symphony about their winters sleep? Well, they didsort of-in this life science version of Peter and the Wolf, starring a frog, a turtle, a bird, a mosquito, a bear, and a fish Ladies and gentlemen- The Sleep Cycle by Lorchestre Dhibernation Animaux.

The Last Green Thread
2019 Official Selection | Danny Schmidt, Eric Bendick, Andy Adkins, Dawson Dunning, Phill Baribeau | 18 min.  
Amidst the backdrop of massive development and explosive population growth, three friends embark on a journey through the Everglades Headwaters in Florida to survey a fragile wilderness corridor before it disappears forever.

Carpe Diem
2019 Official Selection | Jake Gigliotti, Kevin Shiramizu | 6 min.  
In a city full of people trying to catch a break, one lucky man hooks into an unexpected dream that becomes the role of a lifetime, reminding him to seize each new day as a chance to do what he loves.

In Perpetual Motion
2019 Official Selection | Krystle Wright | 4 min.  
Surfers and free divers know well those dark, lung-searing seconds waiting to surface after a wave has pinned you to the ocean floor. In those eternal underwater minutes, adventure photographer Krystle Wright envisions herself in far-flung, stunning dreamscapes. Vivid and ethereal, this short captures the remarkable beauty revealed when time stands still.

Our National Parks Belong to Everyone. So Why Are They So White?
2019 Official Selection | Angela Fichter, Daniel Penner, Nikhil Swaminathan, Amelia Bates | 5 min.  
Only 20 percent of visitors to National Parks are people of color. As the broader conservation movement continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion, many worry that the current administration will only make things worse. Learn about the troubling history of public lands and to meet some conservationists of color who are making a change.

Climbing Out Of Disaster
2019 Best Short | Dominic Gill, Nadia Gill | 8 min.  
In the immediate aftermath of Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria, a group of local climbers bands together to use their skills and knowledge for the greater good.

Girls and Glaciers
2019 Official Selection | Annette Frahm | 10 min.
This film follows teenagers Akua and Melodie as they expand their personal boundaries in challenging high alpine glaciated terrain. In this spectacular wilderness classroom, they learn art, field science, survival skills, and teamwork with the nonprofit Girls on Ice.

Bring Them Home
2019 Official Selection | Daniel Glick | 18 min.
An intimate look at the only tribal-led buffalo drive in North America, this film follows members of the Blackfeet Nation as they experience the power of the American bison while driving the herd through rough terrain and hostile weather to winter pasture. Bring Them Home is rare ritual of stewardship that offers hope for a modern-day cultural rebirth.

What Does It Take?
2019 Official Selection | Will Parrinello, John Antonelli, Matt Yamashita | 2 min.  
It takes one of us. It takes all of us. This inspiring short focuses on ordinary people effecting extraordinary change.


Nickelodeon Theatre (View)
210 Lincoln Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States


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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!