Friday April 5, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT
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HWS Colleges, Albright Auditorium 
10 St. Clair St.
Geneva, NY 14456

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Sarah Meyer, Community Outreach Coordinator 
Finger Lakes Institute 


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The Wild and Scenic Film Festival seeks to increase groundswell for the environmental movement by using film to inspire activism and motivate people to take action. Together, the Finger Lakes Institute and Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance invite you to attend to increase your awareness of grassroots efforts encouraging stewardship of the Finger Lakes environment.


  • Featuring five environmental films in three hours!
  • Enjoy Sustainable/Local/Organic refreshments -- POPCORN!!
  • Learn more about local grassroots organizations and join the groundswell!
  • Interact with a diverse audience of research scientists, students, activists, members of the public
  • Learn about each of the Finger lakes represented by the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance
  • Learn about our sponsors - Patagonia, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Clif Bar & Company, Mother Jones, and Red Jacket Orchards

Advance online ticket sales (before April 5)
$5 per adult/ child/ college faculty and staff
$ FREE College Students (with ID)
ALL attendees must redeem printed online ticket at door.

Day of Event Ticket Sales (on April 5)
$10 per adult/ child/ college faculty and staff
$ FREE College Students (with ID)

This event is open to the public. ALL attendees must redeem printed ticket at door. Street parking is available on Main St./Rt. 14 as well as in HWS Medbery Parking Lot (Campus Parking Map)


The Fishman
Mike Kasic swims the Yellowstone River like a human-fish through swift river canyons and scenic mountain views, watching trout in fast currents filled with frothing water tornadoes, stopping only to body surf river waves. His message is simple: a river is more than its water; what lies beneath is a wilderness that is often overlooked, but critical for the Yellowstone ecosystem to thrive. Watch the Trailer

Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age
Mother Nature's Child calls us to consider the future of that which we hold most dear: the health and well-being of our children. Visually rich, inflected with humor and the unexpected, the film examines the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, risk-taking, urban connection with nature, healthy rites of passage, the use of technology, and what it means to educate the “whole child”. Intimate scenes with children of all ages are discussed by experts Richard Louv, David Sobel, Stephen Kellert, Jon Young, Brother Yusuf Burgess and others. The film is stirring intense discussion among parents, teachers and health professions nationwide. Watch the Trailer

Chasing Water
Chasing WaterFollow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Traversing 1500 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the southwest. It is not the longest or largest U.S. river, but it is one of the most loved and litigated in the world. Today, this resource is depleted and stressed. Follow its path with an artistic, aerial view on a personal journey to understand this national treasure. McBride teamed up with his bush-pilot father to capture unique footage and also shadowed the adventure of Jon Waterman who became the first to paddle the entire length of the river. Watch the Trailer

Slow the Flow
Follow a landscaper who shocks his neighbors by putting in native landscaping. Discover a school district that goes green. Meet a non-profit which puts gardens in the city. The projects and approaches highlighted are very low-tech, cheap, and beautiful, making a good argument for kicking back and not raking the leaves or watering the lawn. Watch the Trailer

Second Nature: Biomimicry Evolution
Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution explores biomimicry, the science of emulating nature’s best ideas to solve human problems. Set in South Africa, the film follows Time magazine “Hero of the Environment” Janine Benyus as she illustrates how organisms in nature can teach us to be more sustainable engineers, chemists, architects, and business leaders. After 3.8 billion years, nature has discovered not only how to survive but also how to thrive as a system. Benyus brings deep affection for the natural world as she guides us toward a vision of a planet in balance between human progress and ecosystem survival. Watch the Trailer