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College highlights ‘Wild and Scenic’ films tonight

Courtesy Sierra Nevada Alliance"Weather We Change" highlights a sustainable ski-bum lifestyle.

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 “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

For more information, visit 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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