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Go wild at home: 14 nature, conservation films to stream from Redding film festival

Jessica Skropanic
Still image from the film "Hat Creek: A Wild Trout Legacy." The documentary is one of 14 films on the program at the second annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.

Nature buffs can get a taste of the great outdoors while staying home.

The second annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be streamed online later this month. Shasta Living Streets and Whole Earth and Watershed Festival are hosting the event, which includes a film about conservation efforts in the North State.

Films shown at the festival document ways people are conserving and protecting the environment, Shasta Living Streets executive director Anne Thomas said. “The festival helps inspire people, (and shows) just how much we can do together to make a difference in our community.”

The COVID-19 pandemic moved (the) film festival to a virtual platform this year, Whole Earth and Watershed Festival organizer Peggy Rebol said.

Going online gives ticket holders an added advantage: Access to the streamed films for five days after the festival is live-streamed on Friday. People can watch each part of the festival for short periods, or watch films more than once, Rebol said.

The live-streamed festival is about 2.5 hours long. This year’s 14 films on the program range from one to 20 minutes in length.

One film has a local connection. “Hat Creek: A Wild Trout Legacy” highlights trout fishery restoration in the North State. Film director Michael Wier will speak during the broadcast on Friday.

Shasta County’s is one of more than 200 regional film festivals spawned from the original in Grass Valley, Rebol said. Each year, filmmakers from around the world submit their work to be considered for inclusion in the Grass Valley festival, which started 18 years ago.

This year, 85 films were featured in Grass Valley in January. “We (event planners) get to pick from their films,” Rebol said.

The festival also includes music by North State singer/songwriter Jonathan Foster.

Tickets start at $10 each at www.wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org. Money from ticket sales goes to launch youth and family programs through Shasta Living Streets.

If you go

What: Second annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival

When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21

Where: Streamed online

Event hosts: Whole Earth and Watershed Festival and Shasta Living Streets

Cost: Tickets are $10

Information: www.wholeearthandwatershedfestival.org