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The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) will present 19 of the world’s best environmental and adventure short films in its annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, a two-evening event that will cover timely topics including fracking, farm labor and climate change. The films will be screened from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 21 at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.
“We want people to be educated about controversial, life-and-death issues in the world today, but we also want people on the edge of their seats, and this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival won’t disappoint,” EEA Board Secretary Karen Taira said. “We selected beautiful, gripping stories about adventure, wildlife, social justice, conservation and climate change. Some films will spark laughter; some will spark tears. All of them are powerful,” she added.
The films, from two minutes to 26 minutes long, included the following:
• “A Boom with No Boundaries” – The hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom has brought jobs to North Dakota, but viewers can see how it is affecting Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
• “Walk on Water” – Shooting rapids on a kayak is not everyone’s idea of a good time. But it is for Greg Mallory, even though he is paralyzed from the waist down.
• From the Ground to the Clouds” – Fifty years ago, Jane Goodall’s tools for studying chimpanzees were binoculars, pencils and a notebook. Today, her team uses mobile devices and cloud-based mapping technology. But the goal is the same: saving endangered chimps.
• “SLOMO” – This successful neurologist traded in his lab coat for roller blades and adopted a new motto: “Don’t be an a——.”
• “Harvest of Shadows” – Viewers will journey to California’s farm regions to get a glimpse of the lives of an estimated 450,000 undocumented farm laborers.
• “Reynaldo” – A farmer who once cut down trees in the Amazon Rainforest now travels the region showing people how to farm in balance with the forest.
• “Snows of the Nile” – Viewers will see how, at the summit of Uganda’s beautiful Rwenzori Mountains, climate change has hit some of the world’s only equatorial glaciers.
• “The Sensei” – Viewers may cringe watching two climbers, one a legend, the other his determined apprentice, ascend dangerous spires of rock in Borneo.
Each night will feature prize drawings. Seating will be limited, so registration is advised by calling the Ecology Center, 847-448-8256, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are $5 each night, and can be used to receive a discount on EEA membership. Current EEA members receive free admission.
The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival is a production of the South Yuba River Citizens League.