"Yadkin Riverkeeper’s Second Annual CLEAN WATER WEEKEND will witness the return of the nation’s largest environmental film festival of its kind – The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour. The weekend is a celebration of clean water that benefits Yadkin Riverkeeper’s work to preserve North Carolina’s second longest river.

On Fri., Sept. 25, from 7-10PM, there will be an event at Krankies to meet filmmakers and hear about their adventures while making some of the world’s most engaging environmental films.

On Sat., Sept. 26, The WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL ON TOUR comes to SECCA. You will witness some of the most powerful environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty and the challenges facing our planet especially related to fishing and water preservation.

  • 3-4:30PM: Family-friendly films (G-rated) will be shown.
  • 4:30-7PM: There will be music, food and watery art projects on the lawn.
  • 7-8:30PM: Evening films (PG-rated) will be shown.
  • 9-10:30PM: A special screening of DamNation, a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea-change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Sunday, September 27, is the Yadkin River Clean-up and Celebration for World Rivers Day! The paddling event will include cleaning up the river, food, music and fellowship in celebration of clean water. Check YadkinRiverkeeper.org for details.  

Adult tickets and packages are priced from $15 to $35. Children’s tickets to the family-friendly film screening are $5. Krankies is located at 211 E 3rd St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.  All tickets may be purchased starting August 10 at YadkinRiverkeeper.org.

Clean Water Weekend is proudly presented by Indera Mills, one of the three largest producers of thermal clothing in the world and the largest in the United States; and made possible with support in part from the Alice M. O’Brien Foundation, Waterkeeper Alliance and members of Yadkin Riverkeeper. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour is nationally supported by ClifBar, Patagonia, Orion, Sierra Nevada, Klean Kanteen, Earth Justice and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.


I Heard (4 min)
Michael Ramsey Director, Abbey Smith Producer, Stacy Bare Executive Producer (2014)

A Seuss-esque journey into some of the 110+ million acres of designated American wilderness that we have to enjoy. Award-winning filmmaker Michael Ramsey's short film celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act which ensures that we will have places "...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."

The Joy of Air (4 min)
Bryan Smith, Fitz Cahall (2013)

"Leave the ground beneath your feet, Rise up, your inner legend greet. A body in motion – Twisting, turning, churning, yearning – Apex found, heaven bound. But remember, what goes up must come down.

Rock Wall Climbing (5 min)
Hal Clifford, Jason Houston (2013)

How do big wall climbers get their start? With little walls, of course. This may be the case for 8-year-old climber Kathrin Houston who convinces her father to build a climbing wall in the other half of their small two-car garage.

The Curious Snail (3 min)
Alex Jones (2014)

The "Curious Snail" showcases the beauty of a snail’s simple and small world. All 4K and 5K content is available for commercial licensing upon request.

The Coralax (7 min)
Troy Lau, Taylor Redman, Kaya Goosby, Kawelu Higashino (2014)

Inspired by Dr. Suess’s The Lorax, this claymation by four Maui middle school students uses 667 images to show how irresponsible shoreline development can impact our precious reef ecosystem.

Bounce (5 min)
Guillaume Blanchet (2014)

I am not a good freestyle player, but I love to give it a try. For two years now, I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few countries with a ball as a faithful companion.

Phoebe’s Humpback Whale Adventure (15 min)
Tom Fitz, Andi Campbell-Waite (2014)

Join high school student, Phoebe Fitz, in her quest to learn about humpback whales. She teams up with scientists who study the whales in Hawaii, and learns first-hand what it takes to work on the high seas with these magnificent animals. In Lahaina, she visits a local high school and meets students who are actively involved in the humpback studies.

14.c (9 min)
George Knowles (2014)

Kai Lightener entered the world of rock climbing at the age of six. As fourteen-year-old Kai ascends to the top of the most difficult routes –rated 5.14c– and expands into outdoor climbing, he relies upon the support and encouragement of his single mother, Connie.

Raptor Blues (2 min)
Ian Timothy (2013)

A musical stop motion animation explaining the dangerous effects of rodenticides on birds of prey in a way that everyone can understand.

The Ridge (8 min)
Danny Macaskill (2014)

The Ridge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill. For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

Spaceship Earth Passenger Safety Briefing (3 min)
Dave Gardner (2014)

What if every passenger on our planet, Spaceship Earth, had to watch a quick safety video before takeoff? What advice would we get to avoid a crash or other disaster? Fasten your seatbelt and watch!

A Brief History of the 5-Cent Bag Tax (2 min)
Craig Schattner, Adam Walker, Emil Superfin (2013)

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 in this short film by DC-based Dunk Your Bagel promoting reusable bags to protect the environment.

Delta Dawn (17 min)
Peter McBride (2014)

The Colorado River hasn’t kissed the sea in almost two decades — until the spring of 2014 when an experimental pulse of water was released into this forgotten delta. A team of river runners followed the water to witness this unprecedented restoration effort, and attempted to be the only, and potentially the last to float the Colorado River to the sea by paddle board. With unpredictable adventure as the backdrop, filmmaker Pete McBride tells the story of Western water, a challenged Colorado River and the uplifting potential for environmental restoration via collaboration, all through his repeated experiences chasing a river to the sea.

Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night (12 min)
Emily V. Driscoll, James Karl Fischer, BonSci Films (2014)

Explores the importance of darkness, and the erosion of it, through the study and preservation of firefly habitats in Japan and the U.S. Fireflies disappear as artificial night lights disrupt their “languages of light.” The film showcases scientists on different continents studying firefly flash patterns and how to live among wildlife in urban settings.

Pride of Namibia (7 min)
Andy Maser, Jenny Nichols. In Person: Jim Sano (2014)

Namibia is home to one of the greatest wildlife recovery story ever told. “Pride of Namibia” tells the story of communities committed to protecting wildlife, of a nation that has enshrined conservation into its constitution, and of the future of responsible travel – tourism that directly benefits the people who give wildlife freedom to roam.

COMPOST-a-lujah (3 min)
Christopher Paetkau, Trevor Gill (2012)

Let’s face it: Composting isn’t the most glamorous of topics or activities. It can be dirty, rotten, and smelly. But it doesn’t have to be. Meet Linda Olsen – master composter. She gave her heart to composting, and in return, it gave her life. This short presents simple steps to reduce your waste while producing natural fertilizer for your garden.
California: Paradise Burning (8 min)
Matt Black, Ed Kashi, Sky Dylan-Robbins (2014)

Since 2012, California has been suffering through a historically severe drought. For the farmers and ranchers of the Central Valley, the future seems especially bleak. Wells have gone dry, orchards have been left to perish, and those who came to California to work the fields stand idle. Photographers Matt Black and Ed Kashi recently spent time with the farmers and shepherds of the Central Valley, documenting their ongoing struggles.

Marie’s Dictionary (10 min)
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Go Project Films (2014)

This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

Dryden-The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game (12 min)
Chris Jordan-Bloch, Director, Kathleen Sutcliffe, Earthjustice (2014)

The industry kept saying: ‘We have the power; you have none. We are coming. Get out of the way or leave,” said Joanne Cipolla-Dennis, recalling what happened when the oil and gas industry came to her town of Dryden, NY. But Joanne and her neighbors came up with a plan. This is the true story of people who discovered their shared strength and turned the tables on a powerful industry.

Wilderness Act: The 50th Anniversary (8 min)
Mark Decena, Teri Heyman, Adrienne Bramhall, Peter Walbridge, Forrest Pound, Kontent Films/Sierra Club Productions. In Person: Mark Decena, Adrienne Bramhall (2014)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, this film captures what drove us as a nation to create the Wilderness Act. Those motivations are partially rooted in the fight to protect, but also the wonderment of seeing and feeling these lands and realizing their priceless value to not only nature, but human nature.

A Life Well Lived/Jim Whitaker (4 min)
Eric Becker (2013)

Legendary Mountaineer Jim Whittaker talks risk, beauty, and adventure on the 50th anniversary of his historic summit of Everest.

SLOMO (16 min)
Josh Izenberg, Amanda Micheli (2013)

Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

DamNation from 9-10:30PM (PG-rated)
Directed by Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, conceived by Yvon Chouinard, and written by Ben Knight and Matt Stoecker (2014)
DamNation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea-change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Yadkin Riverkeeper is a non-profit member organization that seeks to respect, protect, and improve the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, advocacy, and action.  Yadkin Riverkeeper is funded by individuals and foundations who share its commitment to championing a clean and healthy river that sustains life and is cherished by its people.  Yadkin Riverkeeper is also a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to provide a united voice and to champion clean water issues around the world. WEB: www.yadkinriverkeeper.org.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 10 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 100 cities. This year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the theme of “A Wild Life.”

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Wild & Scenic is a program of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), the largest single-river grassroots watershed organization in the country. Founded in 1983 to defend the South Yuba River from proposed hydropower dams, SYRCL has developed into a vibrant community movement by restoring creeks & rivers, regenerating wild salmon populations, and inspiring & organizing people with over 3,500 members and volunteers based in Nevada City, CA. "

- A Press Release

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