The population of a small local town will more than double over the next five days with thousands expected to come to see dozens of nature and environmentally-themed films.
The 5-day Wild and Scenic Film Festival has 135 films, both short and long, shown at seven theatres in Nevada City and three in Grass Valley, which include nature films in 2D and 3D as well as several that focus on the environment. There will also be special events from the opening reception at the Nevada City Winery to a bus field trip to the Yuba River.
The director of the South Yuba River Citizens League, Melinda Booth, says the festival also includes music, art and environmental activism that includes opportunities for you to do your part to save the planet -- like one close to home for her group. "The South Yuba River Citizens League is opposing a new proposed dam on the Bear River called 'Centennial'," Booth says, "so when you walk out of a film, you can walk over to a SYRCL booth and say 'we don't want this dam.'" The festival's environmental fair offers a number of opportunities for you to engage in activism at whatever level makes you comfortable.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival starts Thursday, January 11th and runs through Monday, January 15th. Some of those screenings fill up fast, so get there early to get a seat.