16th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival

04/17/2024 6:00 pm
04/17/2024 9:30 pm


Artwork by Brianna French.

OARS is excited to bring our 16th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Maynard.
OARS 3 Rivers is once again hosting one of the largest environmental film festivals.

WHEN
Wednesday, April 17, 2023, 6–9:30 pm
(doors open at 6 pm)
WHERE
Maynard Fine Arts Theatre
19 Summer St, Maynard, MA 01754
directions

Join us on Wednesday, April 17, for an evening of humor, adventure, and inspiration.
For 15 years, we have hosted this incredible event with friends from our watershed, aiming to unite the community around local environmental issues, inspire advocacy, and provide opportunities for local involvement from people like YOU.

This year’s award-winning films are brought to you from the nation’s largest environmental film festival. The films, celebrating the theme Reel Action, share stories of love for the outdoors, activism, and an awareness of change in the natural world.

******************Online ticket sales have closed!******************

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE DOOR
from 6 PM onwards, on April 17, at Maynard Fine Arts Theatre

$25: General Admission
$20: OARS members (email OARS to confirm membership status)
$10: OARS volunteers (OARS volunteers will be emailed a discounted ticket link)

**** All remaining tickets will be sold, in-person, on the night, on a first come first serve basis****

REFUND POLICY
No Refunds; if COVID restrictions prevent us from holding an in-person event, hybrid viewing options will be made available.

A GLIMPSE OF THE EVENING

6 pm: doors open
7 pm: showtime starts sharp
VIEW/DOWNLOAD FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM

FILM LINE UP

Paddle Tribal Waters When the largest dam removal project in history begins, a group of indigenous youth learns to whitewater kayak, hoping to become the first people to paddle the restored river from source to sea.
Toxic Art Ohio University Art Professor John Sabrah teamed up with an engineer to transform toxic runoff pollution into paint, promoting environmental causes and funding a new water treatment plant on the Sunday Creek Watershed.
The Bear Coast This short, informative documentary centers multi-focal storytelling with a local, diverse cast of characters to provide a nuanced account of contentious environmental issues that have real, lived impacts for Alaska Peninsula residents and bear populations alike.
Near The River In the tourism town of Livingstone, Zambia, a group of local men who make their living portering kayaks aspire to become safety kayakers on the Zambezi River. The proposed Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Scheme threatens to flood the famous Zambezi rapids and eliminate river-related jobs.
Salted Earth This hard-hitting, tenderly woven documentary paints a picture of an environmental catastrophe, where the threat is not just the swelling sea but the encroaching salt that kills forests and decimates arable land, potentially returning the Atlantic Coast to its natural state.
Bright Toh: Unsung Hero Bright Toh, a young visual artist from Cameroon, is on a journey to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species in his country. Using his incredibly striking art, he aims to educate people about the need to protect animals like pangolins and primates from threats such as bushmeat poaching and habitat loss.
Flowing—My Dream of More Freedom The river itself speaks about its dream of flowing wilder and freer again. Dams, weirs, and other obstacles disrupt the natural functioning of rivers and are detrimental to migrating fish, other river wildlife, and ultimately us humans. The good news is that we can change this. Obsolete stone and concrete barriers can be removed, helping river ecosystems bounce back to whole vibrating life!
Study Abroad Every April, 60 college kids from around the country attend Living Lands and Waters’ unique “Alternative Spring Break” program – trading happy hours and beach tans for spending a week on McKellar Lake with founder Chad Pregracke and his inspiring river rat crew as they clean up the Mississippi River’s waterways and learn about river-related careers.

Please support our sponsors who make this special evening possible.

A growing (daily!) list of local business sponsors' can be viewed below.

WILD & SCENIC® FILM FESTIVAL OARS SPONSORS (so far…)

THE OSBORNE FAMILY

WILD & SCENIC® FILM FESTIVAL OARS DOOR PRIZE DONORS (so far…)

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THIS AMAZING & HIGHLY ATTENDED EVENT?

The event includes a number of ways to showcase national sponsors and local business partners, including a live reception, film screening, slides with logos, and door prizes.

See below for the OARS WSFF sponsorship information and pledge form to learn how you can be one of them.

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