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Wild and Scenic Film Festival ~ January 15-18, 2015


2015 Wild and Scenic Film Festival ~ Save the Date!

Wild and ScenicThis January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 13th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.

Each year, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown areas of Nevada City and Grass Valley, California.

 

YubaAlong with the usual line-up of beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films, this year’s theme is “A Wild Life.” Wildlife and endangered species will certainly be addressed, but attendees will also dive deeper into other interpretations of the theme.

Many of the adventurers and activists featured “wild lives” and the intention is to honor their not-so-mainstream choices, often thought to be a little on the wild side.

 

 

wildandscenicConsidered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Foundry Highlights from 2012

New Landscaping

WOW!  2012 has been a truly astonishing year for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  We estimate that nearly 50,000 people experienced the Foundry in the last twelve months to either attend a concert, theatrical production or reading, non-profit or school fundraiser, private party, wedding, or, just to admire the historic mining relics and the Foundry’s famous stone walls.  It seems only fitting to take a moment and reflect on all the fun, the good, and the magic that happened in 2012 at the Miners Foundry.  Here is a short list of highlights.  If we missed anything be sure to add yours as a comment.

We kicked 2012 off as we do most years as one of the venues for the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  We also produced the annual Psychic Fair and The Burnal Equinox, a Burning Man sanctioned event, that had everything from fire dancers and art cars to vendors and music from Albino!.  The Foundry was also home to two community favorites the Alasdair Fraser’s 4th Annual Community Music Workshop & Gathering and the 21st Annual Robert Burns Night.  The Nevada City Box Office opened inside the Foundry and provided a downtown location and ticketing service for local promoters and arts organizations to sell their tickets and promote their events at the Box Office.

Big Night at The Foundry

The spring was very busy with famed environmentalist and author Bill McKibben who received special introduction from Pulitzer-prize winning poet Gary Snyder.  The event was co-sponsored by the Yuba Watershed Institute and Ananda College of Living Wisdom and brought together an incredible multi-generational audience including Governor Jerry Brown who was spotted in the audience. Also in April we collaborated with the Nevada City Film Festival on the monthly Food & Film Series, which paired a popular film with a unique dining experience.  We started the series off with a sold-out screening of “Big Night” followed by an Italian Feast from The Old 5 Mile House. Beatles expert Scott Freiman visited us again to present his “Deconstructing the Beatles: Revolver”.  Scott shares his presentation to folks with audiences across the country including Carnegie Hall, Google, Stanford University and more.

 

This year we partnered with renowned local promoter Paul Emery on a series of shows that included the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Kitka, Markus James and Johnny Winter, who nearly brought the house down in May with his legendary guitar playing.

In addition to bringing audiences famous and award-winning groups and musicians like Winter, Iris DeMent, and Dark Star Orchestra, we also hosted newly discovered talents such as Howlin Rain and Nico Vega.  Later in the year, Nico Vega had their song “Beast” used in the trailer for the much-anticipated videogame, BioShock.

Wedding Featured on Martha Stewart Online

Just in time for summer, with the help of Dan St John, Nevada City Rotary, 49er Rotary, Rotary District 5190, Master Gardener Lyn Muth, Mike Nevius, Architect Diana Knutson, Boy Scout Troop 855, Eagle Scout McKiernan Flaherty, Wayne Brown Correctional Institute minimum security inmates, friends, family and staff, we completed a major landscape project around the outside of the Foundry that included the removal of invasive trees and the addition of ornamental and native trees and shrubs.

Due to the Foundry’s versatility, every season really is wedding season at the Foundry.  This summer, though, a beautiful rustic chic wedding at the Foundry was featured on Martha Stewart online, and before we knew it brides from all over the state were contacting us to book their weddings in 2013 and beyond. Weddings, too, are a cultural experience – brides and grooms share themselves and express their creativity through their weddings – from Steam Punk to the DIY wedding featured by Martha Stewart – there is something to be said about the many couples that choose to start their lives together at the Miners Foundry.

Nevada City Craft Fair

The Nevada City Craft Fair returned with two wildly successful events in August and then again in December, with over 1,700 people from across Northern California turning out to see the area’s top Etsy vendors and do-it-yourself crafters and artisans.

Also in August, the Nevada City Film Festival returned for their 12th Annual Film Festival and this year they hosted an impressive line up of comedians, writers and directors from Portlandia and Comedy Central.

In October, KVMR produced their annual event with Amy Goodman the host of Democracy Now!  The Nisenan Heritage Day hosted traditional dancers, native artisans, basket weavers, and provided locals and visitors the history of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan.

We rounded out the year with the annual Fright Night fundraiser for the Foundry with the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella along with local favorites Achilles Wheel, Mount Whateverest, and Persist to Rise all performed to an all-ages crowd of brilliantly dressed in costume.  Our photo contest was an online sensation garnering hundred of likes and new followers.

The 25th annual Artisans Festival returned to the Foundry over Thanksgiving Weekend.  It was the first Artisans Festival since the passing of the event’s beloved producer and longtime Foundry supporter, Carol Herschleb.  Carol’s sister Lissa and artist and designer LeeAnn Brook, worked with the Foundry to ensure the longstanding holiday tradition didn’t skip a beat.  We are still deeply saddened by the loss of Carol, but look forward to celebrating her and her work at her Celebration of Life on February 17, 2013.

As you can see, it was an incredible year and we couldn’t have done it without the help of volunteers, staff, member, community and individual support.  Thank you so much!  We look forward to another successful, exciting and inspiring year of arts and culture in Nevada County.  If you are interested in getting involved with the Foundry please consider making a tax deductible donation or volunteering your time or talents!  Give us a call at (530) 265-5040 or email Executive Director, Gretchen Bond at gretchen@minersfoundry.org.

Happy New Year!

 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival ~ January 10 – 13, 2013


Into Eternity ~ 2012 Best of Festival Winner

This January, SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) 11th Annual Wild & Scenic® Film Festival returns with another incredible selection of films to change your world.  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.  The theme for the 2013 festival is “A Climate of Change”.  Along with our usual line-up of beautiful, engaging and eye-opening films, we will have a particular focus this year on climate change, as well as highlighting the change makers who are creating a more livable future.

Download 2013 Program

Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festival’s, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.  Festival-goers can expect to see Award winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

This year’s selections will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but introduce them to the magnificent animals that inhabit these places and the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve both for future generations.  The films instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Headquarters

Tickets on sale December 1, 2012.

Wild & Scenic Website

Events

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

 

Join us for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

At our festival, you’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. You’ll experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity, in 9+ venues for films and workshops, a children’s Saturday morning “cartoons” program, art shows, wine tastings, a Gala Event and awards ceremony.

All this and more at the largest (and most unique!) film festival of its kind in the US and in one of the most charming towns in the Sierra Nevada, Nevada City, California.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

 

Join us for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

At our festival, you’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. You’ll experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity, in 9+ venues for films and workshops, a children’s Saturday morning “cartoons” program, art shows, wine tastings, a Gala Event and awards ceremony.

All this and more at the largest (and most unique!) film festival of its kind in the US and in one of the most charming towns in the Sierra Nevada, Nevada City, California.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

 

Join us for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

At our festival, you’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. You’ll experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity, in 9+ venues for films and workshops, a children’s Saturday morning “cartoons” program, art shows, wine tastings, a Gala Event and awards ceremony.

All this and more at the largest (and most unique!) film festival of its kind in the US and in one of the most charming towns in the Sierra Nevada, Nevada City, California.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

 

Join us for another fabulous weekend at the largest film festival of its kind. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival sits apart from the hundreds of festivals around the world by leaving you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community and the world.

As a festival by activists and for activists, Wild & Scenic is organized and produced by SYRCL (the South Yuba River Citizens League). Since 1983, we’ve been building a community to protect and restore the rivers of our home watershed, from source to sea. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival puts our local work – and yours too – into the broader environmental and social context, and serves to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world.

At our festival, you’ll witness how individuals and communities across the globe are taking action and becoming part of the solution on issues ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection and restoration of wild lands and wild waters. You’ll experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climbing the highest peaks and trekking across the globe with adventure films from around the world. You’ll explore the issues and movements with leading environmental activists and professionals, filmmakers and celebrities. And you’ll celebrate the natural and human world in all its diversity, in 9+ venues for films and workshops, a children’s Saturday morning “cartoons” program, art shows, wine tastings, a Gala Event and awards ceremony.

All this and more at the largest (and most unique!) film festival of its kind in the US and in one of the most charming towns in the Sierra Nevada, Nevada City, California.