Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, A Climate of Change

Change makers are rethinking how we inhabit our planet, and so can you, at the 4th Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Friday, November 22, 2013. The event is hosted by Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) and held at the Avalon Theatre, located at 40 E. Dover Street in downtown Easton.

The festival includes a free afternoon program from 2 – 3:30 pm for children of all ages. The adult program opens at 6 pm, with films beginning at 7 pm. The $50 ticket price includes local gourmet food, wine and beer, and a visually stunning program of professional films.

Award winning conservation writer, Tom Horton, and nature photographer extraordinaire, David Harp, will be the Masters of Ceremony. Individually and collaboratively, they have created a lifelong body of work that is infused with a deep passion for the environment and a true conservation ethic.

Horton and Harp worked together at the Baltimore Sun for many years. Since then, they have collaborated on many books including Water’s Way: Life Along the Chesapeake, The Great Marsh: An Intimate Journey into a Chesapeake Wetland, The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River, and Swanfall: Journey of the Tundra Swans. One of their many films, Holland Island, will anchor this year’s film program. A surprise new short film from local film artist and professor, Sandy Cannon-Brown, will debut as well.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival presents a wide variety of moving and inspirational video voices echoing a common love of nature. Topics include a heroic whale rescue, the concern of jobs versus the environment, oyster and potato growing, kids saving parks, and the last precious light of day in the mountains, known as alpenglow. Silent auction items present opportunities to purchase items that are truly beyond value: a horse and wild hawk experience, for example, or dinner prepared at your own kitchen by noted Italien chef Jean Carlo Tondin from Scossa’s.

Tickets for the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival are available through the Avalon Theatre box office at http://tickets.avalontheatre.com or 410.822.7299.

Proceeds from the film festival will benefit MRC programs. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and celebration of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River watershed, Eastern Bay, and the Miles and Wye Rivers. The organization serves as an advocate for the health of these tributaries and the living resources they support.

For more information, visit www.midshoreriverkeeper.org or contact Natalie Costanzo at 443.385.0511 or natalie@midshoreriverkeeper.org.