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A selection of many of the best films from the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the U.S., is coming to the Evanston Ecology Center this spring. 

The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA), the independent non-profit arm of the Evanston Ecology Center, has signed on to be the exclusive presenter of films from this renowned festival in the Chicago area.

EEA president Fred Schneider said, “We’re elated to be the exclusive presenter of films from this important film festival. The curators of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival do a phenomenal job at selecting the best films from many categories, including energy and climate change, environmental justice and community activism, outdoor adventure, land and conservation issues. This is our first year as a festival presenter, and we’re so excited that we’re already making plans to expand it next year.”

Claire Alden, Ecology Center program manager, said the film festival is inspiring: “You experience the highs and lows, the challenges and triumphs of people’s relationship with the environment as depicted by some of the best of today’s environmental filmmakers. The festival has a lasting impact and helps us all to stay focused on the big environmental issues we face every day.”

A rundown of festival films is in
development, but the EEA and Ecology Center team putting the program together have already agreed on a few selections including the following:

• “One Plastic Beach,” which captures the lives and art of two California beachcombers who turn washed-up plastic debris from one beach into sculpture, prints, jewelry and art installations.

• “Chasing Water,” in which photographer Pete McBride follows the path of the depleted and stressed Colorado River, which has not run to the ocean since 1998.

• “Return Flight,” which chronicles a team of biologists working for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands of southern California.

• “Yelp,” a short film inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem “Howl,” that lampoons many uncontrollable addictions to technology and being “connected.”

Seating will be limited; interested movie-goers can register with the Ecology Center at 847-448-8256 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are $5 for each screening and can be used to receive a discount on EEA membership. 

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is a production of the South Yuba River Citizen’s League.