2017 Film Line-Up


kid warrior

Filmmaker Vanessa Black profiles a young warrior leading the fight against climate change. At only 14 years old, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is the youth director of Earth Guardians, has taken on major oil companies, and inspired young people in 25 countries to take action.


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No Where

Returning for a second year, filmmaker and river aficionado Nate Wilson will provide a southern Oregon premiere of his film "No Where" - about the grassroots effort to protect the south Kalmiopsis from industrial strip mining.

Read about the recent success of our community to protect the Kalmiopsis Wild Rivers!



Join a wildlife biologist and outdoor junkie for an overland journey across Oregon's varied public lands, to highlight the value of such areas, in light of recent political developments that are threatening to take them away.

Read more about the threats to public lands, and learn how to you can help efforts to protect them.


Walking the Wild Applegate

During this past spring 2016, Applegate Trails Association board members, Luke Ruediger and Josh Weber hiked 80-miles from downtown Ashland to the Cathedral Hills east of Grants Pass. This thru-hike adventure film raises awareness about the beauty of our region and builds support for the creation of the proposed Applegate Ridge Trail and the benefits to surrounding communities. 

Read more about the Applegate Trails Association

speak for the trees

This is a love story about a family of homesteaders in Southern Oregon who, upon gaining community support, silence the saws of clearcuting in their own backyard. 

Read more about the continued local efforts to protect Southern Oregon forests in and around the Applegate Valley. 



A film about the spirit of exploration and what happens when a team of rock climbers, biologists, and conservationists sets of on an unconventional expedition into one of the world's least explored and most threatened habitats. The film follows and international crew as they push the bounds of friendship, climbing and scientific research on the 2,000-foot granite face of Mozambique's second highest mountain, Mount Namuli. 

Read more about the Legado Initiative


The Refuge

For hundreds of generations, the Gwich'in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. With their traditional culture now threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two Gwich'in women are continuing a decades-long fight to protect their land and future. 

Read more about the refuge from the Gwich'in Steering Committee

The Super Salmon

An intimate and inspiring look into the impacts of the proposed Susitna-Watana dam on the Susanna River in south-central Alaska. Directed by Alaskan filmmaker Ryan Peterson, the film follows the incredible journey of one particular King salmon who swam from the mouth of the Susitna River in Cook Inlet all the way up to its glacial headwaters. 

Read more about the campaign to stop the Susitna River dam


Forget Shorter Showers

Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday; or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of the Tsarist prisons; or that dancing around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into those entirely personal "solutions"? Why are these solutions not sufficient? But most importantly, what can be done instead to actually stop the murder of the planet?

Ace and the Desert Dog

Ace Kvale, a veteran photographer, and Ghengis, a blue heeler “dogger” (that’s canine for “blogger”), live together in the Utah desert. Their backyard: 2 million acres of canyons, redrock cliffs, dry washes, empty landscapes and desert wilderness.

For his 60th birthday, Kvale decided to go on a 60-day backpacking trip. Ghengis, naturally, joined him, along with friends who tagged along for sections.

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Banner image: Illinois River by Nate Wilson.