On Thursday, November 16 at the Whiteside Theatre, the Corvallis Environmental Center will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival for the second year in a row. The festival showcases films that highlight the beauty of the natural world, as well as the adventures undertaken by athletes who hope to make a positive impression on the environment.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival’s origin dates back to 1983, when a small group of Californians were concerned about their watershed and wanted to share information with their community. By 2003, the film festival began, now touring both nationally and internationally, reaching more than 150 countries.
Touted “a festival by activists and for activists,” it has something for everyone. The films are diverse and short, telling stories about how communities and individuals are making positive differences. Some proceeds even go back to community organizations who are doing similar work.
CEC organizer Jennah Stillman stated that, “proceeds cover the cost of the film festival and additional funding supports CEC programming for the SAGE garden, scholarships for Avery House Nature Center students, and our Farm to School team that educates students.”
There will also be giveaways, refreshments available for purchase, and a raffle. Like I said, something for everyone.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the films begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets bought in advance are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 18 or younger. Tickets bought at the door are $17 for adults, $12 for 18 or younger.