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College highlights ‘Wild and Scenic’ films tonight

Courtesy Sierra Nevada Alliance"Weather We Change" highlights a sustainable ski-bum lifestyle.
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The Sierra Nevada Alliance is keeping it short in the hopes of keeping our natural resources for a long time.

The group is playing host to the third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour at Lake Tahoe Community College from 7-10 p.m. tonight. The version of the festival that will screen in South Lake Tahoe features 11 movies, most of which are only a few minutes, and only one approaches the three-quarter-hour barrier.

Area filmmaker and photographer Duane Kubischta, who was involved with two of the entries, will be at the festival. The event will feature the following films:



” “Carpa Diem” ” A two-minute short by Italian director Sergio Cannella highlights the importance of water ” and other natural resources.

” “The Story of Stuff” ” A fast-paced 19-minute film by Annie Leonard that follows the trail of all the stuff in our lives, from extraction of resources through production sale, use and disposal.



” “Water Loving Doggies” ” A five-minute short by River Mon features furry friends frolicking on the Yuba River.

” “For the Price of a Cup of Coffee” ” Hypatia Porter’s 15-minute film from the Bay Area follows the life of cycle of a paper cup and its environmental repercussions.

” “Oil and Water Project” ” Seth Warren’s 34-minute film chronicles his and Tyler Bradt’s nine-month quest to drive a retrofitted Japanese fire truck (that runs on anything from palm pulp to pig lard) in search of the best whitewater from Alaska to Argentina without using a single drop of petroleum.

” “Wombat” ” “It’s been seen the world over and I regularly (still) get requests from people from the far corners asking for a copy,” filmmaker Jason Ables wrote of his minute-long short on bumpercars.com. “It truly has a life of its own. I fully expect my tombstone to say, ‘Here lies Jason, father of a wombat.'”

” “Fridays at the Farm” ” Filmmaker Richard Power Hoffman’s family decided to join a community-supported natural farm prompted this 19-minute essay on the natural process of food cultivation.

” “Meat Jim” ” Two college vegetarians think they can persuade a local cowboy to change his eating habits because it’s better for the earth in Madison Sheffield and Katie Heineman’s 11-minute short.

” “Keep Tahoe Blue” ” A five-minute film introduces viewers to the Leage to Save Lake Tahoe’s history and current undertakings. Duane Kubischta of Channel G will be available for questions and answers at the festival.

” “Save Frosty” ” The Rumor Mill musical collective, which record “Christmas on Clinton St.” in 2006, hired filmmakers Sean Donnelly and Abbey Luck to animate a four-minute interpretation of the snowman’s tale to raise money for charity and increase awareness of global warming.

” “Weather We Change” ” Kubischta follows a group of athletes taking the pledge to follow in the footsteps of Alison Gannett, a champion freeskier based in Crested Butte, Colo., in her search for a greener ski-bum lifestyle. The 42-minute film’s locations the Swiss Alps as well as Tahoe and the West.

Tickets for the third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour are $10 each for Sierra Nevada Alliance members and $12 for nonmembers at Patagonia@Heavenly near the gondola, the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s Environmental Center at the “Y,” the Sierra Nevada Alliance office (2489 Lake Tahoe Blvd., No. 21), or online at http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org.

For more information, visit http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org or call (530) 542-4546. Festivalgoers who purchase tickets online may pick them up at will call until 7:15 p.m., at which point they will be available to the public.


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