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7th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Sept. 14, 2013, 5:30 Doors Open
Big Room
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, CA

A Climate of Change

PosterThat's the theme of the 7th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival held at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room on September 14th. Coopers Bluff provided the music and Sierra Nevada prepared a delicious Brew Pub buffet.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a benefit for the Friends of Butte Creek. Films this year revealed "A Climate of Change" and surely changed many people.

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Song of the Spindle

In this animation, a man and a sperm whale have a conversation about who is smarter. Each one lists various upsides and downsides of human and cetacean brains, but eventually come to an understanding. (Official Selection 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award for Short Film – Ashland Independent FF). (4 mins.)

Black Inside

Three women, three countries, their own heartfelt story in their own words, from the Peruvian Andes, to India, to Kenyan deserts, and of how a low tech implement is transforming their lives.  (Best PSA – New York Tribeca Theater). (12 mins.)

Carbon for Water

Kenya’s Western Province, most drinking water is contaminated and requires scarce wood, hard labor & dangers to purify. The solution - one company’s innovative invention for improving the health & environment for millions.  (Best Int’l Doc Short – Planet in Focus FF; Sir Edmund Hillary Award – Mountain FF; Water Rights Special Award – A Film for Peace FF). (22 mins.)

Yosemite Nature Notes: Sky Islands

Botanists in Yosemite National Park are working to document these ‘rock gardens’ -  these high altitude, unique plant communities for the first time. (Honorable Mention -International Wildlife FF). (7 mins.)

Mr. Smith's Peach Seeds

In 43 years, he has carved hundreds of peach seeds into hummingbirds, stingrays, gospel choirs, entire villages, even a baseball stadium. (Best Mini-Doc; Tenn. Independent Spirit Award – Nashville FF; Vimeo Staff Pick). (12 mins.)

The Gimp Monkeys

What has four legs, five arms and three heads? The Gimp Monkeys. Craig DeMartino lost his leg after a 100-foot climbing fall. Pete Davis with born without an arm. Bone cancer claimed Jarem Frye’s left leg at the age of 14.These three are linked by what they are missing; it is their shared passion for climbing that pushed them towards an improbable goal – the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan.  (Exceptional Athlete Award – Boulder FF). (9 mins.)

Two Laps

Val and Pete have been swimming together every morning for the past seventeen years. Once a year they have a race, two laps up and back. (Best International Short – Film Rushes). (5 mins.)

The Man Who Lived on his Bike

After 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes quite hot – and sometimes quite scared, the film maker dedicate this movie to his dad. (Best Short Film – Francophone FF; Jury – Boston Bike FF; People’s Choice – Bike Reel FF). (3 mins.)


Most people might think that helmets, kneepads, and skateboards are unusual tools for rebuilding a society, but not Oliver Percovich, who in 2007 founded Skateistan, Afghanistan’s first and only co-ed skateboarding school. (2 mins.)

Return to the Forest

The heartfelt story of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and its mission to return captive Asian elephants back to the wild in Thailand; saving them from abuse, exploitation, and extinction. (Best Short-Animal Advocacy Artivist FF; Award of Excellence- Best Shorts Competition). (30 mins.)


Dean Potter is nothing if not creative. In this short piece, he highlines across a desert landscape with a massive full moon as his backdrop. (Best Adventure Film – Port Townsend FF). (4 mins.)

The Last Ice Merchant

For over 50 years Baltazar Ushca has harvested the glacial ice of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo. This is a story of cultural change and how three brothers have adapted to it. (Best Short Doc-Woodstock FF; Woods Hole FF; Napa Valley FF). (14 mins.)