Zoe Keller and the Creatures of the KS!

Zoe Keller is an illustrator exploring the intersection of art making, activism and the natural sciences.

 

A Woodstock, New York native, Zoe is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where she spends most of her time drawing in her small home studio. She gathers inspiration from slow explorations of landscapes, hours spent thumbing through her growing field guide collection, and her memories of time spent in forests and on shores across the midwest and northeast. 

 Return, by Zoe Keller; The narrative of this 7.5' x 4' piece highlights the fascinating fire regime of chaparral, drawing correlations between the phoenix-like rebirth of this plant community post-fire, the return of the Condor to California, and the possible reintroduction of grizzlies to the state. 

Return, by Zoe Keller; The narrative of this 7.5' x 4' piece highlights the fascinating fire regime of chaparral, drawing correlations between the phoenix-like rebirth of this plant community post-fire, the return of the Condor to California, and the possible reintroduction of grizzlies to the state. 

Mingle to the Music of Richard Eisner

As a relatively new arrival to the southern Oregon I-5 corridor, Richard Eisner a.k.a. Ziggy has been entertaining folk in Humboldt County and the High Rockies for several decades. Much of his repertoire includes classic cover songs. In the last decade he has centered on his passion for mother earth and also the daily insults, both the political policy and human violations, that she endures.

His influences have included the likes of MJ, Paul Simon, Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, JT, PPM and many other lesser known, yet brilliant writers.   Great songs preaching the same message for fifty years by Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, of course Dylan, even Aerosmith. Many more known and unknown.

Say hello and enjoy Ziggy's music before the films begin, 3-4pm and during intermission.



Siskiyou FilmFest is a Call to Action- Join in on our Collective Power

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Film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet.

The 'Action of the Evening" is to protest the Clean Slate & Savage Murphy Timber Sale.

Through the Clean Slate and Savage Murphy timber sales, the Medford Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hopes to log more than a thousand acres of public lands forest throughout the Rogue, Applegate, and Illinois Valleys. Much of this logging would occur in old-growth forests that are over 150 years old. This is a rehash of the Pickett West project, recently canceled after tremendous pressure by community members.

However, BLM timber planners have again ignored the will of the local community. They canceled a planned meeting on the Clean Slate project out of fear of the depth and breadth of community interest. Instead of seeking community input, BLM developed a timber-first project that ignores other interests and concerns.

Logging old-forests increases fire hazard. It degrades watersheds, harms recreation, and diminishes property values. Clean Slate and Savage Murphy are a threat to local wildlife, ignore climate change, and will log some of the regions last, best low elevation ancient forests.

'We can't let our old, fire-resilient forests be logged into stump fields and converted to tree plantations. It only increases fire danger. Streamside logging will pollute our rivers. Salmon and wildlife will be forever harmed. Our public lands deserve better.' -KS Wild. 

Join us February 10th and join in on our collective power to stop this timber sale!

Sending in multiple letters and phone calls are one of the best strategies we can take as environmental activists so act now at: https://www.kswild.org/action-alerts/2017/11/20/wzy1me1ok18ncoo9ox58tl1l1hkzhk

...and again at the Siskiyou FilmFest!

Celebrating community strength and solidarity at the 2018 Siskiyou FilmFest

The Siskiyou Film Fest is an event truly inspired and supported by the local community. Not only do we ensure that the films screened reflect issues that are important to our community, but we also aim to support groups and businesses that are at the heart of building sustainability and resiliency throughout the region. 

We would like to take some time to thank our amazing sponsors and supporters who make this event possible, and share with you some of the amazing items that have been donated for the silent auction:

  The Cotton Broker in Jacksonville

The Cotton Broker in Jacksonville

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS:

And we want to express a huge amount of gratitude to our wonderful and generous sponsors of the 2018 Siskiyou FilmFest. Please support these wonderful businesses by visiting their websites: 

2018 Siskiyou Film Festival Line Up is ACTION Packed

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The Siskiyou FilmFest team is excited to announce that the full film line-up for 2018 is now available online! There will be a jam packed evening of fantastic short films screened at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday Feb 10th. There will also be time before the films start and during intermission to check out our conservation allies in the community showcase, and eat some delicious food available from Chef Kristen. 

FILMS AT THE 2018 SISKIYOU FILMFEST:

A River's Last Chance (Eel River) (67min)

Forgotten But Not Gone: The Pacific Fisher (8min)

Where the Wild Things Play (4min)

The Salmon Will Run (16min)

Irreparable Harm (20min)

Water from the Mountain (16min)

Youth Film Winner: TBA 

Nature Reigns (3 min)

Protected (12min)

Dean Hawn's short film about 'Fire in the Siskiyou Mountains' (3 min)

View more details about the films, and learn more about the issues, on the 'Films' page of the Siskiyou FilmFest website.

 

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2018 FEATURE FILM: A River's Last Chance

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This river story is a lesson in the residence of nature - and the best things are wild and free. 

A River's Last Chance depicts the ongoing story of California's mighty Eel River.  This film takes a look at the historical impacts of: logging, salmon, agriculture, drought, and climate climate change in a relevant and forward thinking approach. 

The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast.  The river and salmon have weathered decades of over fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods and droughts, a hydro power dam that diverts water out of basin. Today the Eels recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s underground multi-billion dollar cannabis economy and the multi billion dollar wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino.

This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a rivers recovery and economic future. 

A River’s Last Chance premiered to a sold out crowd at the Portland Eco Film Fest,  has won “Best Environmental Film”  at the Yosemite Film Festival and will debut at the 2018  Wild and Scenic Film festival and the 2018 Siskiyou Film Festival. 

 

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Save the date for the 16th Annual Siskiyou Filmfest!

We are excited to announce that the 2018 Siskiyou Filmfest is happening on Saturday Feb. 10th, 2018!

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photo: Shane Stiles Photography

Celebrating 16 years of bringing inspiring and educational films to southwest Oregon, we are excited to once again convene at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center. If you are a seasoned Siskiyou Filmfest-goer, you know that the Filmfest is much more than just the showing of films. Though small in size, the Siskiyou Filmfest weaves together a tight-knit community, with local conservation efforts, and top notch films.

Stay tuned for more details of the fun, food, and film happening Feb. 10th, 2018!