Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

7 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 12 
Babcock Theatre
2812 2nd Avenue N.
Downtown Billings
$10 at door ($8 advance)

new-web-babcock_theatre_sign_nodate_2014-6-6Northern Plains commissioned Warren to produce the 10-minute video on fracking in Montana’s Beartooth Front and the Bakken. The video was selected by Gasland and Gasland II producer Josh Fox as his featured video of the week in August. It also drew praise by the South Yuba River Citizens League, which organizes the national Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Tickets are $10 at the door, and $8 bought in advance. Door prizes will be given out during the evening. Carter’s Brewing will serve microbrews. There also will be concessions, other beverages, and door prizes.

Advanced tickets are available at:

List of 2014 films
The Story of Solutions (9 minutes)
Louis Fox, Erica Priggen, Annie Leonard, Jonah Sachs, Ruben DeLuna
We’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, malls, and Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing, and polar icecaps are melting. But what if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs, and a better chance to survive on the planet? (USA, 2013)

Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia 4 min
Jeremy Monroe, David Herasimtschuk
West Coast Premiere. Biodiversity. It’s in the rivers of the Amazon, the jungles of Borneo, the coral reefs of Belize… oh, and the creeks of Tennessee. That’s right, southern Appalachia is a little-known hotspot for aquatic life and is home to some wildly diverse fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish and other critters. (USA, 2013)

Walk On Water (5 min)
Andy Maser
Having been paralyzed from the waist down in a ski accident, Greg Mallory finds new life through whitewater kayaking. Greg’s story is a celebration of the spirit that lives within each of us. (USA, 2013)

My First Fish (7 min)
Ben Galland
A boy catches his first fish. After an epic battle, the boy has a chance to hold the fish and once they make eye contact, the memory is etched into the child’s brain forever instilling a connection to the wild and the foundation for environmental stewardship. (USA, 2013)

Reynaldo (6 min)
Dan Childs, Nick Werber
Reynaldo lives in the Amazon Rainforest. He used to cut down trees and farm the land to survive. He learned the hard way that it was not a sustainable way to live. He saw his land turn barren and his crops die. Then he woke up. He changed the way he worked and began planting trees. Then he learned how to farm in balance with the forest. Now he travels all over the region helping others to do the same. (UK/Peru, 2013)

Ryan’s Stories (7 min)
Anson Fogel, Aimee Tetreault, Camp4 Collective
Living in poverty for as long as he remembers, Ryan Hudson grew up in and out of homeless shelters. At 14, Ryan was introduced to snowboarding through Outdoor Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to using outdoor activities to empower at risk youth, and his life took a 180. Now competing as a semi pro athlete and serving as a brand ambassador for The North Face, Ryan’s story shares just how transformational the outdoors can be. (USA, 2013)

Who Rules the Earth? (10 min)
Paul Steinberg, animated by 11 students at CalArts
Who Rules the Earth? uses animation to bring to life the most important idea to emerge from the social sciences over the past century: how social rules shape our planet and our lives. Combining science, beauty, and activism within a compelling narrative, Who Rules the Earth? brings the audience on a discovery adventure quite unlike any other. (USA, 2014)

Mixing Oil and Water (10 min.)
Northern Plains Resource Council/Eric Warren (2014)
Present day shale oil and gas development and energy systems are tightly intertwined. Mixing Oil and Water illustrates that water scarcity, quality, variability, and uncertainty are becoming more prominent in Montana where oil and gas development occurs. What are we willing to sacrifice in order to carry out extreme fossil fuel development?


A Brief History of the 5-cent Bag Tax  (2 min)
Craig Schattner, Adam Walker, Emil Superfin
When your city is overflowing with plastic bags, how will you react? Jack Green, head of the Department of the Environment, is on a mission to rid the city of its plastic bag scourge. (USA, 2013)

Backyard (27 min.)
Deia Schlosberg
The stories of five people in four states, all with very different backgrounds and perspectives, but all at odds with the natural gas extraction occurring around them. Despite their differences, unnerving similarities emerge from their shared experiences with the massive unseen entity that is “the industry.” (USA, 2013)

Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong (5 min.)
Peter Stonier, John Martin, Becca Field, Sebastian Perry
President Anote Tong of the Republic of Kiribati, a Pacific Island nation, is leading the formation of the Pacific Oceanscape — an action plan for marine conservation that impacts more than 15 million square miles, a territory larger than Canada, the United States and Mexico combined. (Kiribati/USA, 2012)

Fall Run (15 min.)
Todd Moen
Hooking and landing a steelhead on a fly is not easy. It is arguably the most difficult type of fly fishing in the world. This story belongs to the brave steelhead himself. He makes his way, halfway across the world with predators on his tail, safely to swim up this tiny inland river where he meets, in a brief encounter, two ecstatic anglers and a very patient camera lens. One spectacular adventure always leads to another … and this is it. (USA, 2013)

Tahoe Time 1.5 (5 min.)
Justin Majeczky
The beauty and essence of Tahoe is addictive. Experience Tahoe over 14 months. This short film is the next best thing to being there. (USA, 2012)