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Wild & Scenic film festival highlights adventure and the environment

Adam Jensen
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"Mile for Mile: Crossing the Finish Line" highlights several runners' journey through Chile's Patagonia Park.
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If you go

What: 11th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31

Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

Tickets: $15 for nonmembers, $10 for students

Info: http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org/events

Efforts to protect the Colorado River and Northern California’s Smith River, as well as conservation in Chile’s Patagonia Park will be among the highlights of a film festival at the South Shore this week.

The 11th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour takes place at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Thursday, March 31. The event benefits the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s AmeriCorps Partnership Program, which helps support environmental groups throughout the Sierra Nevada and is based at Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

“Our main focus is adventure with a message,” said Lynn Baumgartner, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program Director at the Sierra Nevada Alliance, about the film festival.

The feature film of this year’s event will be “Martin’s Boat.” The movie highlights conservationist Martin Litton’s efforts to protect the Colorado River though the Grand Canyon.

“Honoring the legacy of Martin Litton, this film follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet, the Marble Canyon, on its maiden voyage down the legendary Colorado River through the grandest canyon on Earth,” according to a press release for the festival. “Martin pioneered whitewater dories on the Colorado River in the 1960s and started a proud tradition of naming the boats after wild places that had been lost or compromised by the hand of man.”

Also at this year’s festival will be “Eternally Wild” and “Mile for Mile: Crossing the Finish Line.”

“Eternally Wild” shows efforts to protect the Smith River from nickel mining. South Shore filmmaker Mikey Wier contributed to the production and will be on hand Thursday for a question-and-answer session about the film, Baumgartner said.

“Mile for Mile” shows the majesty of Patagonia Park in Chile.

“Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson ran 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica’s efforts to rewild and protect this vast landscape,” according to a description of the film. “Patagonia Park, in the Aysén Region of Chile, is now open to the public. The park sweeps from the northern ice cap, down to the Baker River and out to the arid borderlands of Argentina. The park’s glaciated peaks, grasslands, beech forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands still boast all of their original species — and the rivers still run free.”

This year’s festival also features a VIP backstage reception for $50, a silent auction, giveaways and beer and wine. Festival attendees will be able to talk with Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Members about environmental issues affecting the Sierra Nevada.

Advance tickets to the festival are $12 for Sierra Nevada Alliance members, $15 for nonmembers and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org/events and at Patagonia South Lake Tahoe. Tickets will be available at MontBleu the night of the show for $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. and films start at 7 p.m.


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