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ETSU To Host Annual Wild And Scenic Film Festival

JOHNSON CITY – The East Tennessee State University Department of Sustainability, in partnership with the Department of Media and Communication, and ETSU Outdoor Adventure will host its third annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Monday, April 3.

The ETSU festival is an affiliated event under the umbrella of the nationally-touring Wild and Scenic Film Festival, now in its 15th year. The national festival is a project of the South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL), which began in 1983 as a watershed advocacy group demanding protection for northern California’s South Yuba River.

The Wild and Scenic Film festival grew out of SYRCL’s movement, beginning in 2002, to showcase films dedicated to contemporary environmental issues and adventure sports.

Each year, ETSU’s film festival event supports a regional non-profit organization. The 2017 festival will be in support of What’s the Buzz Johnson City, “a community-university partnership promoting the cultivation of pollinator-friendly public and private spaces.” The organization is seeking to raise awareness of the pollinator garden project at the Johnson City Public Library, recruit volunteers and raise funds for the project.

Given the much-publicized danger to the global bee population, the choice of non-profit partner echoes this year’s festival theme “At the Edge.” The theme is a wide-ranging exploration of communities and ecosystems in peril, as well as representing people pushing the boundaries in the world of adventure sports.

“We are pleased to once again bring the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to ETSU.  This year’s film offerings are truly spectacular.  They will take your breath away and hopefully inspire and motivate you to explore, experience and protect our natural world,” says Kathleen Moore, director of the ETSU Department of Sustainability.

Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium in the ETSU D.P. Culp University Center. A carefully curated selection of films from the national festival, chosen by faculty from the Department of Media and Communication’s Radio, Television, and Film program, will begin screening at 6 p.m. A short intermission will begin at 7:30 p.m., during which visitors will be encouraged to visit the Enviro-Fair, featuring exhibits by local non-profit and advocacy groups.

After intermission, films submitted by local middle school, high school and university students will be screened, followed by a brief Q&A session with each student filmmaker. Admission to the festival is free, and the event is open to the public. What’s The Buzz will be accepting sponsorships of various plants for the garden project at JCPL.