Wild & Scenic Film Festival Salt Lake City Screening


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 / 7:00-9:00 p.m. / Tower Theatre


SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action! The films illustrate not only the challenges facing our planet but the work communities are doing to protect the environment and the places we love. The stories give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth.

Summit Land Conservancy has selected 12 environmental and adventure films ranging from 1-29 minutes in length. From an inspirational adventure of adaptive heli-skiing in Alaska to a love story inspired by the beauty of Grand Teton National Park; from a profile on a 14-year-old boy pushing the boundaries of rock climbing to an account of a 92-year-old citizen scientist helping to reverse declining bluebird populations in Idaho; from a tale about the joys of living simply to a light-hearted look at Earth’s virtual relationship with humans on social media, these 12 films will inspire, educate, and maybe even challenge viewers.

All proceeds will benefit the Summit Land Conservancy. Our top sponsor is the Intermountain Park City Medical Center, and we are grateful to them for making this event possible.

Arrive early to sign up to win fabulous door prizes; doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets available online or at the door: $10 in advance online and $15 the day of the event, at the door only.

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Volunteer Information:

We are looking for open space enthusiasts to volunteer and help with festival operations BOTH evenings. Visit our SignUpGenius page for more information and details. We thank you in advance for assisting us with this successful event!


Movie Synopses




Kai Lightener entered the world of rock climbing at the age of six. As fourteen-year-old Kai ascends to the top of the most difficult routes –rated 5.14c– and expands into outdoor climbing, he relies upon the support and encouragement of his single mother, Connie.

 Adventure with a Purpose | 2014 | 9 min. | George Knowles


Bluebird Man


35 years ago Bluebird Man Al Larson joined a movement of citizen scientists who over the past several decades have helped reverse declines in bluebird populations by setting up networks of nestboxes designed specifically for this emblematic bird. Now, at age 92, Al continues to monitor and maintain over 300 nestboxes across Southwestern Idaho.

Wildlife & Nature | 2014 | 29 min. | Neil Paprocki, Matthew Podolsky, Wild Lens


Bounce, this is not a freestyle movie


Soccer. Football. It’s the world’s most popular game. For two years, Guillaume Blanchet traveled with his ball as a faithful companion. The result is Bounce.

Just for Fun | 2014 | 4 min. | Guillaume Blanchet

Catch It


Léa Brassy grew up surfing the warm waters of Southern France. Accustomed to a life on the road, her nomadic lifestyle takes a pause at the Unstad break in the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. Trading in her bikini for a thick wetsuit, she connects with the surrounding mountains, Arctic surf, and simple living. Whether it’s paddling hard for a wave, or chasing after a passion, Léa reminds us that if the timing is right, we have to Catch It.

Adventure with a Purpose | 2014 | 10 min. | Sarah Menzies, Let Media


The Curious Snail


Immerse yourself in the beauty of a snail’s simple and small world. As we view their life up-close, you will see that a simple sludge to a puddle of water can be a mere expedition in their eyes! Diving even deeper, you will notice how these small smiley creatures move around their habitat.

Kids | 2014 | 2 min. | Alex Jones



What would Planet Earth post about humans on its profile? The Earth fast forwards through a virtual relationship with humans — but soon starts to ask itself whether it wants to be friends with a species that exploits its national resources and threatens animals and plants.

Just for Fun | 2012 | 4 min.) | Bernd Hezel, Ephraim Broschkowski, Climate Media Factory UG (haftungsbeschränkt)


The Edge of Impossible


Showcasing human potential and friendship, The Edge Of Impossible follows a High Fives Foundation athlete’s journey to become the first quadriplegic to heli-ski the rarefied backcountry of the Alaskan Chugach. Without precedent, and pushing beyond what was thought possible for a quadriplegic skier, High Fives, the team, and Points North embarked on a first descent project unlike any other.

Adventure with a Purpose | 2014 | 14 min. | Conor Toumarkine, Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation


I Heard


A Seussical glimpse into more than 110 million acres of designated wilderness that we have to enjoy in the US. The Sierra Club tapped award-winning filmmaker Michael Ramsey to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Featuring young actors Finella Guy and Oliver Lamond-Ramsey and some of our countries most iconic places and natures most incredible creatures.

Kids | 2014 | 3 min. | Michael Ramsey, Abbey Smith, Stacy Bare


A Line in the Sand


Edward Abbey’s words have always been deliberately provocative – especially when said in defense of the desert landscape he loved so much. The words in this film are a mash-up of quotes from speeches to articles, to interviews and books. Abbey was willing to say things that no one else would, and his sentiment is relevant now more than ever. What will we stand up for? What will be lost if we chose not to stand at all?

Land Preservation | 2014 | 2 min. | Justin Clifton, Chris Cresci

A Line in the Sand sponsored by:

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Love in the Tetons


Fifteen years ago, Juan Martinez stepped off a bus in Grand Teton National Park and saw the stars for the first time in his life. Soon after, he met and fell in love with park ranger Vanessa Torres. This film reveals the compelling journey that led Juan to the Tetons, to Vanessa, and to his renewed vision of the American Dream.

Land Preservation | 2013 | 9 min. | Amy Marquis, Dana Romanoff


River of Eden

Join filmmaker Pete McBride, a National Geographic Freshwater Hero, on a journey into the Fijian Highlands to discover why the locals said “no” to easy money from resource extraction, and how they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.

Water & Fish Conservation | 2014 | 5 min. | Peter McBride in association with O.A.R.S.


Spaceship Earth Passenger Briefing


Airline passengers are routinely briefed on how to make their flight safe and comfortable. Imagine if every passenger on Spaceship Earth were similarly briefed. Buckle up and hold on…

Just for Fun | 2014 | 2 min. | Dave Gardner, Lynsey Jones, GrowthBusters


7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival sponsored by:


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