Celebrate wilderness at Saturday film fest

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By Sally High
Special to The PREVIEW

America’s Wilderness Act became law 50 years ago this month. The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership and the Pagosa Ranger District invite the Pagosa community to celebrate with a one-day free environmental film festival this Saturday.

Two films about the importance of wild lands will be shown for the first time in Pagosa Springs.

“The Meaning of Wild” documents the adventures of wildlife cameraman Ben Hamilton traveling through some of Alaska’s most pristine wilderness. The film has won over 20 awards at various film festivals since its 2013 debut.

“Wild by Law: the Rise of Environmentalism and the Creation of the Wilderness Act” received an Academy Award nomination in 1991.

Local Forest Service ranger Brandon Caley will lead a discussion at Riff Raff Brewing Company after the film fest concludes.

Pagosa outdoor enthusiasts may be familiar with “A Sense of Wonder,” a 2008 film about Rachel Carson. The documentary depicts Carson’s reflections in the last year of her life. Carson wrote the 1960’s classic “Silent Spring.”

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival has contributed nine award-winning short films, their “Best of Fest” shorts, for Pagosa film enthusiasts. The participation by the Colorado Environmental Film Festival makes this second GGP-produced film fest a CEFF Caravan experience.

Films begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude about 4:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre. There is no charge for this film festival, so join us at any point in this approximate schedule:

Best of Colorado Environmental Film Fest short films — 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“The Meaning of Wild” — 10:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“Wild by Law” — 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

“A Sense of Wonder” — 12:30 p.m.