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Westfield State University hosts 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Westfield State University will host the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, celebrating environmental activism, during the festival’s cross-country tour on Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall.

The Film Festival, free and open to the public, is a part of a wider celebration of the 25-year anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic designation of the Westfield River and the river’s unique qualities. Viewers can expect 13 short nature films, ranging from four to 20 minutes, with a brief intermission.

The event is sponsored by Westfield State University, in collaboration with the Westfield River Watershed Association and the Westfield River Wild and Scenic Committee.

Created by the South Yuba River Citizens League, an environmental organization of northeastern California, the 16th annual Film Festival will inspire and motivate attendees through thrilling adventures and activities portrayed in the films, while exploring environmental issues such as energy, food systems, biodiversity, climate change, and the protection and respiration of wild lands and wild waters. This year’s theme, Groundswell, aims to motivate and unite communities with the goal to restore the earth.

“We would like participants to walk away feeling inspired about the potential for positive change in the world and the role that wild nature and landscapes can play in helping to inspire that change,” said Brian Conz, Ph.D., associate professor of geography and regional planning at Westfield State University. “We have a variety of intended outcomes including encouraging citizens to take an active role in environmental stewardship and civic engagement.”

For more information about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, visit https://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.