2020 Festival Information
In a year when the big summer festivals and performances in Santa Fe cancelled or went virtual, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival organization gave us a way to hold our festival online.
A livestream event launched the first 6 environmental short documentaries of the festival with brief talks. Four films addressed issues relevant to our own, and neighboring, watersheds: drought and its mitigation through aquifer recharge and recovery, prescribed burning for forest health and hard rock mining which is threatened in the neighboring Upper Pecos River Watershed. The last two films were a call to action to protect our natural surroundings. There was a live chat where the audience could interact with local experts.
The second half was video-on-demand. These 6 films addressed national and global issues including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, melting of polar ice sheets, bird migration, zero trash lifestyle and coral reef restoration. The message of these films is when we burn fossil fuels, disrupt wildlife migration or discard plastic waste it has national and global impact, however there are ways to live in greater harmony with our surroundings.
The aim of the festival is to engage, inform, and inspire action for the environment. Practical pointers were offered on how to oppose the Tererro mine, to advocate for more water in the living river, and to produce less trash.
What Viewers Said About the 2020 Online Festival:
“… this is the first year we’ve missed the fest live since 09 I think. Never seen a bad film yet, and this year is no exception. … Tough to pick one since they all cover important topics, whether it be water, fire, tenacity, land management — all good … the length of the selections makes them easy to watch more than once” Henry Kimbell
“The more we share information and great films like this the more understanding we can build!”Dennis Carril
“Wow, that was spectacular! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Very impressive! Thanks for everyone’s hard work to put this before the public.”Janet McVickar
“Thanks so much for the opportunity. The films were absolutely stunning. It’s a true win-win when you can make the science behind the policy so beautiful to look at.”Julie Anne Overton
“Nicely done! Great films.”Elizabeth Lee
“I appreciate the traditional ecological knowledge connection” Jana Comstock
Check out the Santa Fe New Mexican’s coverage here!