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Boise's Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Spotlight Personal Activism, Women in Leadership

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The Wild & Scenic Film Festival stands out from other nature-themed movie roundups for one big reason: Its focus is on not just adventure, but activism.

"The Wild & Scenic Film Festival does an incredible job of curating films that are about really potent topics in the environmental community, and using those films as a way to bring that narrative to a larger group of people," said Casey Mattoon, conservation program manager for the Idaho Sierra Club, which organized the Boise branch of the festival. "[It] incites them into thinking about, 'What is the thing I can do about the things that I care about to start protecting them more proactively?'"

Wild & Scenic is a traveling festival with its flagship in California, where a total of 150 environmentally themed films will screen over five days in mid-January. The third-annual Boise festival on Friday, Jan. 4, will last just a few hours at The Egyptian Theatre, but the Idaho Sierra Club hopes its carefully curated selection of 14 films will have long-lasting echoes.

Mothered by Mountains will screen in "Part Two: Strong Female Lead." - COURTESY IDAHO SIERRA CLUB / WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
  • Courtesy Idaho Sierra Club / Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Mothered by Mountains will screen in "Part Two: Strong Female Lead."
Aiming for the biggest impact, the Sierra Club split its screening into two parts. "Part One: The Big Picture," features 66 minutes of films with strong conservation messages (think sustainable farming and river protection) that offer road maps to activism. One, for example, is a guide to engaging Congress on environmental legislation. "Part Two: Strong Female Lead," which will run 51 minutes, highlights films that focus on women at the heart of the environmental movement.

"It's kind of been the Year of the Woman for multiple years in a row now, which is really exciting," said Mattoon, "And we found that theme in the films, that there were so many strong women at the center of these films that we really wanted to make sure that we had an entire half dedicated to what it looks like to have women in critical roles of leadership."



The films in Part Two cover topics ranging from body positivity in outdoor recreation to profiles of people leading local conservation efforts. The two parts will be divided by an intermission, which will include a silent auction, a drawing and various refreshments. Tickets to the event cost $15, and are available online.

Here's a full list of the films, which will begin screening Friday at 7 p.m.:

Conservation Generation will screen in "Part One: The Big Picture." - COURTESY IDAHO SIERRA CLUB / WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
  • Courtesy Idaho Sierra Club / Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Conservation Generation will screen in "Part One: The Big Picture."
Part 1: The Big Picture
  • Lost in the Light
  • Imagination
  • Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen
  • Conservation Generation
  • The Land We Live In
  • Water Warriors
  • Wild Olympics
  • A Letter to Congress
Part 2: Strong Female Lead
  • Music of the Spheres
  • Mothered by Mountains
  • Where the Wild Things Play
  • The Mirnavator
  • A Walk In the Park
  • The Rhino Guardians