Posted by: Stan Russell | September 29, 2015

A CELEBRATION OF WILD THINGS AND WILD PLACES :: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Monterey

For More Information:
Richard Popchak or Mike Splain at 831-423-3191 or

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Monterey

Join the Ventana Wilderness Alliance for its fourth annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Golden State Theatre in downtown Monterey on Saturday, October 3rd at 7 PM.

This Monterey screening is the only central coast stop on the Wild & Scenic Film Festival world tour. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager (and former Big Sur resident) Jenna Brager. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we can start making a difference. Come get inspired!”

With thirteen stellar films about wild things and wild places, this year’s event is guaranteed to inspire. For instance, a provocative animated short entitled A Line in the Sand uses the words of Edward Abbey to present a stirring call to action: “At some point we must draw a line…and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations- thus far and no further.” The World Beyond the World masterfully pairs the wondrous insights of wilderness champion Bob Marshall with enchanting imagery from Alaska’s Brooks Range. Drawn, the feature presentation, merges film and illustration to send viewers on an epic voyage, quite literally to the four corners of Earth.

Festival-goers will have a chance to win great raffle prizes from national and local sponsors like REI, Patagonia, Juniper Ridge, Ventana Surfboards and Backcountry Press. Appearances by film makers, guest speakers and Master of Ceremonies (botanist, naturalist and City of Marina mayor) Bruce Delgado will make this an evening to remember.

Saturday, October 3: Doors open at 6:00 pm, shows start at 7:00 pm.
Location Address: 417 Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at; all proceeds benefit the non-profit Ventana Wilderness Alliance.
For more information: Call 831-423-3191 or visit

Wilderness protects fresh air, clean water, wildlife habitat & native pollinators. But let’s not forget that it also protects fun! Whether you’re looking for a low impact way to connect with the great outdoors, or longing for a little child-like wonder, this Year’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival has got you covered. For instance…

Teton Hooping Contingency profiles the progenitor of “extreme Hula-Hooping”, Ryan Mertaugh of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This 2015 festival favorite reminds viewers to challenge social norms & not take themselves so damned seriously. (Watch a trailer)

I Heard tips a hat to Doctor Seuss with a lyrical journey through the 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System, from a kid’s point of view.

We hope you’ll join us at the Golden State Theatre on Saturday, October 3rd at 7pm for these and many other great films that celebrate our collective wild heritage. Master of Ceremonies Bruce Delgado, guest speakers and a raffle for great prizes from local and national sponsors will make for a memorable evening. All proceeds support the good work of the VWA.

Save on advance tickets, ( ) tell a friend, and please stay tuned! You can view and share the WSFF facebook page ( ) for film trailers & back story. Visit the VWA Meetup page to arrange carpools or a pre/post-show rendezvous.


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