Annual environmental film festival returns to Columbia

Missouri River Relief will be hosting another Wild & Scenic Film Festival focusing on a range of environmental issues Sunday afternoon at Windsor Auditorium of Stephens College in Columbia. The travelling film festival can be seen at more than 100 venues across the country.

It’s Missouri River Relief’s sixth year partnering with the film festival to raise fund for the organization, said Jeff Barrow, the director of the Missouri River Relief. The festival brings people together in the winter to enjoy a series of selected short films, he said. Doors will open at 1 p.m. while the film lineups beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets, $12 for adults and $8 for students, are available both online and at the Alpine Shop in downtown Columbia.

filmfest 2016At the festival, the audience are able to see the efforts people across the globe are making to address or solve problems ranging from energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change and the protection of wild lands and wild waters, according to its official website.

Columbia’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2016 will start with filmmaker Peter McBride’s River of Eden. The 5-minute film looks into why the locals of Fijian Highlands said “no” to easy money from logging, road building or mining in the river corridor, and how they turned to tourism to fund a conservation area that protects one of the most beautiful rivers on Earth.

Another film, a Missouri River Relief exclusive, Blackwater Drifters, focuses on the men who quit their jobs and paddled the Missouri/Mississippi Rivers source to sea to highlight the effects of human activities on the rivers and the quality of the water sources. The filmmaker, Nick Caiazza, will hold a Q&A after the film.

“We’ll present a short segment of the Blackwater Drifters,” Berrow said. The film is unique because it’s “both global and local.”

The Missouri River Relief is a not-for-profit organization that helps engage individuals and communities to Missouri River cleanup projects, educational events and stewardship activities, according to its website.

Here is the trailer for one of this year’s films, Silent River, a short documentary film that follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.

Silent River trailer from SplitFrame Media on Vimeo.


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