Where Activism Gets Inspired: Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Saint John, Sept. 19

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You won’t want to miss the line-up of inspirational films at our Wild and Scenic Film Festival; from a photographer’s Arctic trek in search of polar bears, to the wonders of innovation that nature has to offer humans through biomimicry, to New Brunswick’s own water defenders who helped to win the moratorium on hydraulic fracking.

Theatre space has been kindly donated by the New Brunswick Museum at 1 Market Square in Saint John on Thursday, Sept. 19. 

Our program starts at 6:00 p.m and includes special speakers –  the Conservation Council’s own Fundy Baykeeper Matt Abbot and Gulf of St. Lawrence Fisheries Specialist, Anne Faure. We are also excited to have Saint Johner, Johanne McInnis who is an alumna of the innovative 150-day climate outreach expedition documented in the film Canada C3 – Coast to Coast to Coast.

Stick around after the films and join us for a chat at our catered reception in the museum’s gorgeous marine exhibit.

Entry is by free-will donation. All donations will go to the the Conservation Council’s on-going efforts to promote practical solutions to environmental problems affecting New Brunswick. Read more about our work here.

Click here to see our full list of movie details!

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C3 – From coast to coast to coast, the expedition and its diverse teams of Canadians, sailed over 25,000 kms, visiting communities, national parks, marine protected areas, and many other remote and extraordinary corners of the country, while discovering and sharing profound stories about the people, places, wildlife, history and cultures that make up this vast, beautiful and diverse country – a community of communities.

Where the Wild Things Play – Friday night at the local watering hole and … where the ladies at? Answer: BASE jumping from high desert cliffs, performing tricks on slacklines, climbing granite routes, shredding singletrack, skiing backcountry lines and generally leaving you fellas behind. This rowdy ode to female athletes by Krystle Wright leaves no doubt about the state of women in today’s outdoor world: badass.

Water Warriors – In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick to explore for natural gas in a region known for forestry, farming and fishing industries that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group – including members of the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey First Nation, Francophones and Anglophones–set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration and eventually winning a temporary moratorium.

Ghosts of the Artic – Follow the grit and determination of polar photographer Joshua Holko as he traverses the frozen landscape of Svalbard, in the high Arctic, to encounter polar bears on foot. Taking place during one of the coldest periods in the last few years, the crew suffered frostbite and camera failures during the filming process. The aerials featured in the film do great justice to the stark beauty of the arctic landscape.

Becoming Ocean – When climate-change journalist Eiren Caffall was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, she realized that, like the planet, she was slowly drowning. But instead of allowing the nearly invisible effects of her condition to paralyze her, Caffall uses her illness to look at the crisis of climate change in a way that makes “problems we so often push away because of… their apparent distance from daily life, suddenly become intimate and human-scale.“ (Naomi Klein, Author: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate)

Biomimicry – Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it’s ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.

This event was organized by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick with support from the New Brunswick Museum and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

Founded nearly two decades ago by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), the Wild & Scenic Film Festival travels to more than 250 communities around the globe each year to encourage citizens to learn more about what they can do to protect our environment. We look forward to seeing you Sept. 19!

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