The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be held tonight at Centennial Hall.
Beginning at 6 p.m., a special children’s film festival will start things off, showcasing 30 minutes of short, kid-friendly films. The kids’ line-up includes “Change for the Oceans,” a film created for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s campaign to raise awareness about the impacts of global climate change on ocean life; “Oktapodi” is a 2009 Academy Award Nominated animated short film about two octopi in love; and “Nico’s Challenge,” a heartwarming story about a 13-year-old boy who faces special challenges as he climbs Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain. Doors open for the Kid’s Film Festival at 5:30 p.m.
The all-ages festival starts at 7 p.m. and includes “The Greatest Migration”, a new film about the one-of-a-kind migration of the Snake River’s endangered wild salmon; “Eagle Among the Swarm”, a short film that documents Pacific Dunlin birds as they spend the winter in Boundary Bay, British Columbia; and the Juneau premier of “Eastern Rises” a feature-length film that documents the adventures of a wild band of fly fishermen as they journey to Kamchatka, Russia in the Russian Far East. “Eastern Rises” is the latest film from Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, the makers of “Red Gold” and the People’s Choice Award Winner at the 2011 National Wild and Scenic Film Festival event in Truckee, Calif.
The Alaska Wildlife Association, the Juneau Raptor Center, Turning and Tides and Gold Creek Day Care will be leading kid activities and handing out information during the event.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children under 5 are free. Tickets are available for pre-sale at Hearthside Books or at the door the night of the event. All proceeds will benefit the work of the Juneau Watershed Partnership, a local nonprofit that works to promote community stewardship and sustainable use of watersheds in Juneau. There will be a beer garden at the event for 21 and over, and other food and beverages will also be available for purchase.
National sponsors for this event include Patagonia, Cliff Bar, Osprey Packs, Kleen Kanteen, Grist and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Local sponsors for this event include the Foggy Mountain Shop, Alaskan Brewing Company, Rendevous Bar, Rock Dump, Corvus Designs, Kai Environmental, Dolphin Tours, Alaska Wildlife Alliance and Turning the Tides.
For more information, contact the Juneau Watershed Partnership at 586-6853 or go online at www.juneauwatersheds.org.