Every year, the largest environmental film festival in the United States floods the tiny mountain town of Nevada City, Calif. Organized and hosted by the South Yuba River Citizens League, the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival unites filmmakers, filmgoers and activists to experience "environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth's beauty, the challenges facing our planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment."
Luckily, for those who couldn't make the trek out to the Sierra Nevadas for the WSEFF this year, a small portion of the festival will be touring through Boise at the Egyptian Theatre. Hosted by Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, the touring festival will showcase an assortment of longer films and shorts. The 4 p.m. matinee film is Fresh--which won the 2010 "Food Theme" Jury Award--a look into the kinks in our food production system and how we can fix them.
"It's a profile of our food and agricultural production system and what's wrong with it, what we need to change," said Susie Sutphin, WSEFF tour director. "Re-localize, make it more sustainable, the whole nine yards."
Later, at 7 p.m., an assortment of shorts and mid-length films will screen, including Flathead Wild, an exploration of mountaintop removal in the Flathead River Valley; Greenhorns, a movie about the aging agricultural business and how the younger generation is carrying on farming traditions; and Nature Propelled, Seth Warren's follow-up to the popular documentary about his petroleum-free cross-country journey, Oil + Water.
"In this case, Nature Propelled refers to following the water cycle and how nature propels our passion," said Sutphin. "So, there's lots of adrenaline and adventure and sports mixed in with this thread of renewable energy."
Friday, April 23, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., $12, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.