Thursday April 11, 2013

MARLBORO -- Marlboro College, in collaboration with Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in honor of Earth Day 2013. The festival, presenting 13 new environmental films, will take place in Marlboro’s Ragle Hall on Sunday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday, April 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif., is the largest of its kind, featuring nearly 100 new movies on subjects ranging from environmental action to wildlife photography. Created by South Yuba River Citizen’sLeague 11 years ago, today it brings thousands into downtown Nevada City each January. For the last six years the festival has been touring the country, inspiring and motivating thousands more with screenings in museums, cinemas and colleges like Marlboro.

"The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is an opportunity for community members to see some of the finest environmental films of the year, and to learn what they can do to make a difference in the world," said Joan Carey, director of educational programs at BEEC. "The films we’ve chosen include first-rate storytelling focusing on wildlife and environmental activism, two themes important to us at BEEC."

The program for the first day of the festival deals primarily with wildlife conservation, featuring titles like "Return to the Forest," about reintroducing Asian elephants into the wild in Thailand, and "Wild Things," about living with native carnivores in the American West.

The second day focuses more on bringing about sustainable solutions, including an award-winning profile of acclaimed environmental pioneer Marion Stoddart, a suburban housewife who started the campaign to restore Massachusetts’ Nashua River. The Monday program also includes "Murder Mouth," concerning a young woman’s struggle with eating meat, and "Rivers of Consequence," about the search for renewable energy solutions in Chile.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival on tour comes to Marlboro through a grant from Patagonia, as well as additional support from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation for environmental initiatives at the college.

The festival is open to the puvblic. Donations are welcome, and will benefit BEEC conservation programs -- donors of $20 or more will receive a BEEC family membership, a $45 value.

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