Saturday, August 14, 2021
4pm – 8:30pm, films begin at 6pm
Meet at the Dwight Center
In-Person Event: $105 per person ($85 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Video on Demand Virtual Program: $20 per household ($15 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Pepperwood is pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting the acclaimed Wild & Scenic Film Festival! We are thrilled to invite you to join us on Saturday, August 14, 2021, in-person for a special evening at Pepperwood, or from the comfort of your home with our Video on Demand ticket option. This event is a benefit for our Inspiring Connections with Nature Initiative. Join us to experience an inspiring collection of short films which explore some of our environment’s most pressing issues, the diverse perspectives of people who love and steward nature, and hopeful solutions for a healthier planet.
In-Person Event Tickets: This evening kicks off with an optional guided hike at 4:00pm, then transitions into an open house reception with a food truck at 5:00pm. Your ticket includes the hike, as well as a meal and drinks, plus the film program! Arrive early to take in the beautiful vistas and varied habitats of the preserve during the hike, or choose to just come in time to grab a bite and mingle before the films. The film program begins at 6:00pm, and runs until 8:00pm. Desserts will be served at intermission. You are welcome to stay after for a discussion exploring themes presented in the program, featuring a panel of our staff, until approximately 8:30pm. Space is limited! Get your ticket today to secure your spot!
Video on Demand Tickets: Can’t make it to the preserve for our in-person event? Our Video on Demand ticket option allows you to view the films from the comfort of your home, on your own schedule! With this ticket, you will receive a link and password to access the film program for viewing with an internet connection via your home computer or smart device. You will have access to the film program for 5 days, and you can stop and return to view at any time during that window.Register for Video on Demand Ticket
(For in-person event tickets, please continue to the registration form further down this page.)
All proceeds from this event will benefit Pepperwood’s Inspiring Connections with Nature Initiative and education programs. The purpose of the Inspiring Connections with Nature Initiative is to connect people to nature and inspire a lifelong conservation ethic through exploration, observation, science, and artistic expression. With the vital support of our donors like you, Pepperwood makes environmental education affordable, accessible, and a whole lot of fun! You can make a tax-deductible donation in addition to your ticket purchase in the registration form below. Thank you for your support!
View the complete lineup of all nine films we will be showing at the bottom of this page.
Banner artwork by Steph Littlebird.
Enjoy this official trailer for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival:Back To All Events
Please note: All events will follow current regional health safety guidelines. Please bring a mask – we will require masks to be worn indoors during this event (this includes in the bathrooms), regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required while outdoors. Please practice good hand washing hygiene, and physical distancing when possible. If you do not feel well, please do not attend.
Register for this event using the secure form below.
To register, select the applicable level below, either General or Friends of Pepperwood and click +Add. On mobile devices, please scroll all the way to the right to find the +Add button. In the pop up window, enter your information and scroll to the bottom to click “Continue”. Next, on the main form, you may add your additional donation amount in the open field, then click the green “Continue” button to move to the final page for payment. Click the green “Process” button on this final page to complete your transaction.
For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.
Friends of Pepperwood: Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Community Associate, at email@example.com or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!
Register for In-Person Event at Pepperwood here:
Film Lineup – Representation Matters Collection
The Crown – In The Crown, thru hiker, veteran, and Merrell Ambassador Will “Akuna” Robinson completes the Triple Crown of Hiking: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. This film shares Robinson’s thoughts on this incredible achievement that made him the first African American male on record to complete the Triple Crown of Hiking. Robinson is known within the hiking community for inspiring others to take their first step to get out on the trail and experience the power it brings.
Dani Burt – For the first few days after she awoke from her coma, Dani Burt didn’t know her right leg, from just above the knee down, was gone. When the doctors finally told her the full extent of her injuries, Burt, an active, hungry-for-life person, wasn’t sure if she could go on. But she found the courage to continue through surfing, which led her on a path to becoming the first-ever women’s World Adaptive Surfing champion.
Stories from the Blue: Discovering Inner Earth – “For me and for my colleagues, we look into the darkness and we see opportunity.” Many think Jill Heinerth and fellow cave divers are nothing but adrenaline junkies. Come along as Jill takes us on a journey that dispels this myth, and find out how her exploration of inner Earth is furthering understanding of our planet.
TranSending – This film follows the journey of Erin Parisi as she comes into her own identity as a Transgender woman and trains for the Seven Summits to create awareness and visibility for the Trans community. TranSending showcases this journey of extensive vulnerability, heartbreak, and courage.
Pedal Through – Director-lead Analise Cleopatra had never camped or ridden a bike off the pavement when she decided to plan a week-long mountain biking adventure with an all black female team. Together, they traverse the Oregon backcountry on an adventure full of exploration, curiosity, waterfalls, old growth forest, sparkling starscapes, and deep healing. With raw authenticity, Analise shares all the intimate foibles, fear, fun, and beauty of discovering her place in the outdoors as she leans into uncertainty, accepts support, and trusts herself on this wild ride.
Here We Stand – For generations, conservation has been about keeping people from places. Now, Save the Redwoods League and Teresa Baker ask what it would look like for conservation to include all people, even those that normally are in the margins.
Water Flows Together – Through the voice of Colleen Cooley, one of the few female Diné (Navajo) river guides on the San Juan River, Water Flows Together elevates the importance of acknowledging Indigenous land in outdoor recreation. The film is a meditation on the challenges Colleen and her community have faced, the kinship she has with the San Juan River, and the unique opportunities her role as a river guide affords as she seeks to create positive change.
Barriers to Bridges – There has never been a more important time for all people to be able to participate in the environmental movement. Yet many barriers keep BIPOC (Black, Indigineous and People of Color) from feeling included in this movement. This film explores the ways in which organizations in Alabama are doing the necessary and critical work to make sure BIPOC are included. Through the lens of community science, individuals share their struggles to be included and organizations share their challenges and successes with creating more inclusive programs and opportunities.
Dear Mother Nature – Wyn Wiley (he/him), aka Pattie Gonia (she/her), has made waves over the past year as an environmental advocate drag queen. We follow Wyn as he travels to Hawaii to see first-hand the impacts of careless consumption and plastics on Mother Nature. Wyn meets with scientists, non-profit leaders, volunteers, then rallies the Pattie community to lead a beach clean-up. Ultimately, Wyn partners with sustainable fashion designer, Angela Luna, to create three dresses that personify the plastics crisis.