News Marlboro College Celebrates Earth Day with Wild and Scenic Film Festival, April 21 and 22
MARLBORO, VT – (April 2, 2013) – Marlboro College, in collaboration with Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in honor of Earth Day 2013. The festival, presenting 13 of the best new environmental films, will take place in Marlboro’s Ragle Hall on April 21 (7-9pm) and 22 (4-6pm).
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, is the largest of its kind, featuring nearly 100 new movies on subjects ranging from environmental action to wildlife photography. Created by South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) 11 years ago, today it brings thousands into downtown Nevada City each January. For the last six years the festival has been touring the country, inspiring and motivating thousands more with screenings in museums, cinemas and colleges like Marlboro.
“The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is an opportunity for community members to see some of the finest environmental films of the year, and to learn what they can do to make a difference in the world,” said Joan Carey, director of educational programs at BEEC. “The films we’ve chosen include first-rate storytelling focusing on wildlife and environmental activism, two themes important to us at BEEC.”
The program for the first day of the festival deals primarily with wildlife conservation, featuring titles like Return to the Forest, about reintroducing Asian elephants into the wild in Thailand, and Wild Things, about living with native carnivores in the American West. The second day focuses more on bringing about sustainable solutions, including an award-winning profile of acclaimed environmental pioneer Marion Stoddart, a suburban housewife who started the campaign to restore Massachusetts’ Nashua River. The Monday program also includes Murder Mouth, concerning a young woman’s struggle with eating meat, and Rivers of Consequence, about the search for renewable energy solutions in Chile.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival on tour comes to Marlboro through a generous grant from Patagonia, as well as additional support from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation for environmental initiatives at the college. According to SYRCL, each tour venue is an opportunity for an organization to reach out into their community and use film to bring people together around community-based activism
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is Sunday, April 21, 7-9pm, and Monday, April 22, 4-6pm, at Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for Performing Arts, Marlboro College and is open to the public. Donations are welcome, and will benefit BEEC conservation programs—donors of $20 or more will receive a BEEC family membership, a $45 value. For more information on the program go to www.marlboro.edu/wsff
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With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability and community.
Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
BEEC is a member-based, nonprofit organization founded in 1991 with the mission to develop a more ecologically informed citizenry through education and action in order to enhance and sustain the vitality of southern Vermont’s bioregion. BEEC has been providing southeastern Vermont with quality outdoor education programs for more than 20 years, including science-based school programs, youth camps, natural history hikes and workshops and professional development opportunities. BEEC also coordinates and leads important community-based environmental research and conservation programs, including watershed stewardship, reptile and amphibian conservation initiatives and biodiversity planning and protection.