Earlier this month, Orion staff traveled to beautiful Nevada City, California, for the 11th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Held by the South Yuba River Citizens League, the festival raises awareness of community efforts to protect and restore the South Yuba River, and brings together filmmakers, audiences, and activists to inspire planet-saving action. Wild & Scenic screens over 100 films, from shorts to features, and also hosts art exhibits and workshops that are open to the public.
We met many Orion readers and contributors at the festival, including Matt Black, who presented his “The People of Clouds” project (a part of which readers saw in the January/February 2012 issue of the magazine), and Dan Shepherd, who discussed “Draw Me a Tree,” published in the same issue. Also on hand—virtually, at least—were columnists Bill McKibben and Sandra Steingraber, who spoke via Skype with Orion’s editor, Jennifer Sahn, about the vital fight against climate change.
And on Sunday, Orion hosted a morning Coffee Talk at The Curly Wolf—the place to go for decadent chocolate cake, coffee, and the most original wallpaper we’ve ever seen—with Craig Childs, who read his essay “A Larger Sense of Time” from Orion’s new book, Thirty-Year Plan. (Pictured above is Jennifer, our editor, introducing Craig.) Nothing like geology to put things in perspective!
And, of course, there were films. Many films. We recommend catching Wild & Scenic on tour and viewing all you can, but here are a few of our favorites from the festival: