OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Join Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival as they host the Wild andamp; Scenic Film Festival April 19 and 20 at the Olympic Village Lodge at Squaw Valley. Sponsored in part by Project MANA and Slow Food Lake Tahoe, each screening offers a unique package of films.The Wild andamp; Scenic Film Festival will feature a collection of films from the annual Wild andamp; Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif. The film festival focuses on films about environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Dark Side of the Lens” will be featured at part of the festival Thursday, April 19. It is the story of one man's personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean-based photographer. This short film takes the audience on an eerie, stunning and moving journey among the oceanic grandeur of Ireland's west coast. Renowned documentarian of the heavy salt, Mickey Smith, has succeeded in creating a visual poem that offers a humble glimpse into this strange and magical world.Also to be shown on April 19 is “Kadoma.” After more than a decade exploring Central Africa, Hendri Coetzee is a modern legend of African exploration. Solo on the Congo River in 2009, Hendri received an email from American expedition kayaker Ben Stookesberry. “It would be ludicrous to take an American who you don't know, and who has never been to Africa into its very heart,” Hendi replied. But a year later, he did just that. Joined by Chris Korbulic, Ben's longtime kayak partner, Hendi led the way from the Nile overland through Rwanda in order to kayak into the heart of the Congo on a previously unnavigated waterway, the Lukuga River. Seven weeks into the expedition, deep in the DRC, tragedy strikes. “Kadoma” tells the story. “GROW!,” to be featured on April 20, is an inspiring documentary that captures the energy and independence of a fresh crop of young farmers. The documentary shows it is not just Old MacDonald on the farm anymore. All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Fed up with corporate America and its influence on a broken food system, they aim to solve some of the current system's inequities by growing clean, fair food. Filmed on 12 farms throughout the state of Georgia during an entire growing season, GROW! provides a look at this next generation of farmers.The festival is a natural extension of the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival's premier educational event at The Village at Squaw Valley, to be held on April 21. The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a volunteer-run, nonprofit event to recognize, celebrate, and promote the region's unique beauty. Event detailsDates are Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. at the Olympic Village Lodge. Tickets are $10 for each night. Advance tickets available at New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee and Tahoe City and at Alice's Market in The Village at Squaw Valley.Contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://tahoetruckeeearthday.com/film-festival/ for information.
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