17th Annual Siskiyou Filmfest Wild Success!

We are excited to announce that viewers have chosen their favorite film for the 2019 Viewers Choice Award, "Run Wild Run Free."

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KS Wild is so grateful to everyone that came out and made the Filmfest a success, thank you to our wonderful sponsors, auction donors, partner organizations that came and shared information at their booths, and the 500+ guests who took part and made it the fantastic community event that we strive for. 

We would like to extend an extra big thank you to volunteers that made it all possible: Dominique Brown, Liz Brick, Ayani, Laurel Sampson, Margretta Stone, Makayla Hoyt, Asa Cates, Patty Holman, Geno, Margretta Stone, Scott Sweetman, Gitta Ziegler, Shane T Clark, Becky Schilling, Cate Hartzell, Ford Eramlett, Daphne Eramlett, Debra Johnson, Fabio Floris, Francesca Buongiorno, Susie Schmidt, John Miele, Kasorn Miele, Sherrie Stone, Sienna Fitzpatrick, Joe Flaherty, Linda Rahberger, Gail Battaglia, Richard Eisner ada 'Ziggy', Joan Marie Michelsen, Roxanda Radomsky, Debra Wilson, Alissa Iverson, Deborah Fox, Linda Joseph, Rob Joseph, Scott Owbridge, Beth Nolan, Bonnie Johnson, Julie Norman.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer for the 2020 Siskiyou Filmfest, please get in contact and let us know!

We hope to see you again next year!

The Siskiyou FilmFest is a Call to Action

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

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To Elizabeth Burghard, Medford BLM District Manager


Dear Ms Burghard,

Thank you for your work managing public lands for the benefit of the American people. 

Like many of my friends and neighbors, I am concerned about BLM logging practices that increase fire hazard. In particular I oppose "regeneration harvesting" that converts native forests with large trees into second-growth timber plantations. BLM timber sales like Griffin Half Moon state that "regeneration" logging that create yet more tree plantations actually increases fire hazard for decades. Young forests, especially those planted for timber production, spread hot fire. This is backed up by research that shows timber plantations increase fire hazard.

I urge you to use your leadership to implement small-diameter thinning projects and prescribed fire while retaining large fire resilient trees. Let's work together to decrease rather than increase fire hazard on public lands that belong to all of us. 

This petition will be available to take action on before the films start, during intermission and after the films on your way out.

'We can't let our old, fire-resilient forests be logged into stump fields and converted to tree plantations. It only increases fire danger.' -KS Wild. 

Join us in collective power on February 10th to confront decision makers increasing fire hazards around us.

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

...and again at the Siskiyou FilmFest!

Special guests to attend the Siskiyou FilmFest this Sunday!

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Sunday’s Siskiyou FilmFest is going to be full of talented and inspirational guests! Bring your questions and make sure to give these important environmental change-makers, visionaries and artists in attendance a big Southern Oregon welcome!

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Stephen Most, Wilder than Wild Filmmaker

Q&A Session after the Oregon Premiere of Wilder Than Wild

Stephen Most is a Filmmaker and writer whose documentary Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future, will be making its Oregon debut at the 17th Annual Siskiyou FilmFest on Sunday in Grants Pass. The film about wildfires and climate change won the San Francisco Green Film Fest’s 2018 Green Fire Award for Best SF Bay Area Environmental Feature. Wilder than Wild focuses on our local Klamath region as well as other fire-impacted areas on the west coast. 


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Chip Boggs, Spoken Word Live Performance

Continually inspired by the more-than-human landscape, Chip Boggs has lived his adult life in close communion with the 365 acre homestead he stewards on the South Coast of Oregon. His permaculture ethics have motivated many years of teaching interns, touring school children and hosting the natural building center of the Cob Cottage Company. His spoken word piece was inspired by the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and the precepts of Dr. David Abrams, author of “Spell of the Sensuous” and “Becoming Animal”.

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Margo Robbins,

Wilder than Wild Q&A & Film Subject

Yurok Tribe Member & Cultural Fire Advocate

Margo Robbins is the co-founder and president of the Cultural Fire 
Management Council
(CFMC).  She is one of the key planners and 
organizers of the Culture Burn Training Exchange (TREX) that takes place 
on the Yurok Reservation twice a year. She is also a co-lead and 
advisor for the Indigenous People's Burn Network.
Margo is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe, she gathers and prepares 
traditional food and medicine, is a basket weaver and regalia maker.
She is the Indian Education Director for the Klamath-Trinity Joint 
Unified School district, a mom, and a grandma.

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Elizabeth Azzuz, Wilder than Wild Q&A & Film Subject

Yurok Tribe Member & Cultural Fire Advocate

Elizabeth  Azzuz,  is a Yurok Tribal Member. She gathers basket materials,  traditional foods and medicines, and lives above her family's ancestral village of Weitchpec. Elizabeth is a member of Cultural Fire Management Council,  and participates in cultural burning. She is a Mother, Grandmother and Auntie to all. Weaving with materials that they burn themselves is what drives her to continue on this path. Providing for our weavers is very rewarding. 

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Ziggy, Live Music


Silent Action Room

Ziggy (Richard Eisner) has been entertaining folk in Humboldt County and the High Rockies for several decades. Much of ZIGGY's repertoire includes some originals as well as classic cover songs. In the last decade he has centered his passion on mother earth, musically preaching against the daily insults she endures from human hands and more importantly through the short sightedness of our political strategists and (alleged) leaders.

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~AMBER SUN FEATHER~, Live Music

"ORIGINAL EARTH SPIRITED HEART FOLK"

Inspired to be a voice for the trees, the water, the buffalo and bees ~ Amber Sun Feather calls upon the Sacred Directions, Elements and Ancestors to join in singing her prayers for the healing and return to balance for all life on Earth~ Her heartful voice and raw rhythmic guitar strum share her deep love for Earth Mother and honor for all relations in the Hoop of Life~ Her simple but strong original songs invite one to connect with the Spirits of the Earth~

40% of the Proceeds from her new CD “Spirit Song” will be donated to organizations working to protect Earth Mother and the plants and animals that live in her Wild places~

Experience the FilmFest and that you are able to share your thoughts, talents and kind words with these very special guests! A big part of the festival’s success is the interactions we share at the event.

Some tickets are still available but going quickly! Purchase tickets here.

Se you on Sunday at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center!





Introducing Special Guests- Elizabeth Azzuz and Margo Robbins- Yurok Tribe Members and Cultural Fire Advocates

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Introducing Special Guests- Elizabeth Azzuz and Margo Robbins-

Yurok Tribe Members and Cultural Fire Advocates

Come meet these film subjects at the Oregon Premiere of Wilder than Wild on Sunday and stick around for their Q&A with the film’s director after the film.

The Siskiyou FilmFest is pleased to announce that we will be welcoming very special guests to FilmFest this coming Sunday! Introducing Yurok Tribe representatives and film subjects from the Oregon Premiere of Wilder than Wild, Elizabeth Azzuz and Margo Robbins. As our Klamath River neighbors, we are thrilled to have these local and native voices join us at the FilmFest this year.

Elizabeth  Azzuz,  is a Yurok Tribal Member. She gathers basket materials,  traditional foods and medicines, and lives above her family's ancestral village of Weitchpec. Elizabeth is a member of Cultural Fire Management Council,  and participates in cultural burning. She is a Mother, Grandmother and Auntie to all. Weaving with materials that they burn themselves is what drives her to continue on this path. Providing for our weavers is very rewarding. 

Margo Robbins is the co-founder and president of the Cultural Fire 
Management Council
(CFMC).  She is one of the key planners and 
organizers of the Culture Burn Training Exchange (TREX) that takes place 
on the Yurok Reservation twice a year. She is also a co-lead and 
advisor for the Indigenous People's Burn Network.
Margo is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe, she gathers and prepares 
traditional food and medicine, is a basket weaver and regalia maker.
She is the Indian Education Director for the Klamath-Trinity Joint 
Unified School district, a mom, and a grandma.

We welcome you, Margo and Elizabeth, to the KS Wild and Siskiyou FilmFest family and thank you for your dedication to protecting the environment through fire management.

CELEBRATING COMMUNITY STRENGTH

THE ENERGY BUILT BEHIND THIS MOVEMENT WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR DEAR FRIENDS, ALLIES AND SUPPORTERS!

MAKE SURE YOU ARRIVE EARLY TO SAY HI AND SIGN UP FOR ALL SORTS OF PROJECTS AROUND SOUTHERN OREGON AT OUR COMMUNITY SHOWCASE!

ALSO AVAILABLE DURING INTERMISSION!

The Siskiyou FilmFest Lineup is WILDER THAN EVER

The Siskiyou FilmFest team is excited to announce that the full film line-up for 2019 is now available!

Get ready for a jam packed evening of fantastic short films screened at the Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday Feb 10th. Doors open at 3PM and films begin at 4PM!

Come early to bid at the Silent Auction full of awesome prizes, take action at the community showcase with our conservation allies, eat some delicious street finger foods made by Chef Kristen and the Jefferson Farm Kitchen, and get some limited edition Siskiyou Film Fest swag at the KS Wild table.

Don’t fret if you can’t make it early, these will all be available during our intermission as well!

FILMS AT THE 2019 SISKIYOU FILMFEST:

RUN WILD, RUN FREE: 44 min

Run Wild Run Free takes the viewer through the history to the present of Wild and Scenic as told through experts, grassroots organizers, whitewater enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho.


WILDER THAN WILD: 58 min

A documentary that reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires, and explores strategies to mitigate the impact of these fires.


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CEDAR TREE OF LIFE: 10 min

A short, expressionist documentary, exploring the relationship between Cedar and three Indigenous women who work with it, weave with it, and live with it.


RISE: FROM ONE ISLAND TO ANOTHER: 7 min

Watch this poetic expedition between two islanders, one from the Marshall Islands and one from Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), connecting their realities of melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna use their poetry to showcase the linkages between their homelands in the face of climate change. Through this video we get a glimpse at how large, and yet so small and interdependent our world is.

The science behind climate change and its causes has been clear for decades. And yet, it has not been enough to drive the change we need to see in order to salvage our planet. We hope this poem can spark the emotion and drive needed for more people to rise and take action.


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DIGNITY AT A MONUMENTAL SCALE: 7.5 min

Working under the moniker Jetsonorama, Thomas regularly celebrates the beauty of a people whose land has been mined and poisoned, cut up and sold off. Blowing up and wheat-pasting his black and white photos onto the sides of merchants’ stands, abandoned buildings, and mobile homes, Thomas creates work that allows community members to see themselves represented at monumental scales. By day, Thomas is a primary care physician at the Inscription House Health Clinic, located in the western part of the Navajo Nation, where he lives. In his free time, Thomas installs massive photo murals on and off the reservation, depicting his Navajo neighbors — from sheepherders to grandmothers.

“Especially on the reservation, the work is a conversation,” says Thomas. “I’m trying to help create an environment of wellness within the community."


Sacred Strides

SACRED STRIDES: 12 min

Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears – and to send a message of unity. The Sacred Strides for Healing Prayer Run wove from tribal homelands across the Southwest to Bears Ears. Watch to meet the people who are participating in the public lands conversation with their feet and learn about why this land is so important to them.


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WILD RIVERS: 7MIN

A film by Wild Rivers Land Trust: We believe breathtaking scenery, crystal clear water and thriving fisheries can coexist with productive ranchlands & forestlands. ‘What we do on the land, gets written on the water.’


Renewal

THINK LIKE A SCIENTIST: RENEWAL: 8 min

Featuring an emerging young scientist from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Renewal is a heart-warming story of transformation and restoration. Supported by HHMI and Tangled Bank Studios, this short film is part of HHMI’s “Think Like A Scientist” series. It is also a follow-up story to the award-winning feature film, Return of the River, by the same Producer, chronicling the largest dam removal in history.


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5000 MILES OF WILD: 8 Min

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Senator Tom Udall, Ted Roosevelt IV, American Rivers President Bob Irvin, and river guide Austin Alvarado provide insightful commentary on the state of river conservation.


Dry Roast

DRY ROAST: 7 MIN

Every morning, millions of Americans start their day with a steaming cup of coffee. They sip the stimulating brew, all the while unaware of the forces of climate change, immigration, and women’s issues that swirl together in their cup.

For our short documentary, Dry Roast, we went to the source of some of the best coffee in the world in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. There, we found women fighting to sustain their coffee farms in the face of crippling impacts from climate change. Left behind by their husbands and several of their children, many of whom migrated to the U.S., they are now on the front lines of the battle between climate change and their livelihood.


Wildlife and the Wall

WILDLIFE AND THE WALL : 5 MIN

Filmmaker Ben Masters (UNBRANDED) goes into the heart of the Big Bend, the last true wilderness in the state of Texas to consider what effects building a border wall might have on wildlife dispersal, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment.


Ben Masters is a filmmaker, writer, and horse packer who splits his time between Bozeman, MT and Austin, TX. He is most known for Unbranded, a documentary in which he and three others adopted mustangs and rode from Mexico to Canada to inspire wild horse adoptions. Masters studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M University and sits as the wildlife management chair on the BLM's volunteer Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. He writes for National Geographic Adventure, Western Horseman, and is a published author. Masters is an award-winning film producer with Audience Awards at Telluride Mountainfilm, Banff International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, the Equus Film Festival, and others. He is currently directing a series of character driven conservation short films.

In Perpetual Motion

IN PERPETUAL MOTION : 4 MIN

Surfers and free divers know well those dark, lung-searing seconds waiting to surface after a wave has pinned you to the ocean floor. It can feel like an eternity. In those underwater minutes, Australian adventure photographer Krystle Wright envisions herself in a desert with roiling grey skies and bootpacking a snowy ridgeline, her trusty Canon capturing the stunning dreamscapes. Vivid and ethereal, In Perpetual Motion is about the remarkable beauty revealed when time stands still for just a moment.

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Great Old Broads for Wolves: 5 min

Producer, director and founder of Grizzly Creek Films Thomas Winston runs a full service production company based out of Bozeman, Montana. Winston’s projects have included creating original series for National Geographic Channel, The History Channel and PBS. Winston is the director of "Great Old Broads for Wolves" which tells the story of a group of women working to protect wild places and things -- including one of America's most iconic animals.

The Rocky Mountain Wolf Project is committed to restoring the gray wolf to the great National Forests and other public wildlands in western Colorado.

After the successful reintroduction of gray wolves into the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, there's just one missing link in the Rocky Mountains— one state whose public lands are still haunted by the missing howl: Colorado.

Siskiyou Film Fest Goes LIVE!

SFF tickets
 

Siskiyou FilmFest is incorporating two

LIVE PERFORMANCES this year!

Here is a sneak peak of how awesome these talented earth loving supporters are:

Amber Rose Sunfeather


~Amber Sun Feather~ 

"Original Earth Spirited Heart Folk"

Inspired to be a voice for the trees, the water, the buffalo and bee's~ Amber Sun Feather calls upon the Sacred Directions, Elements and Ancestors to join in singing her prayers for the healing and return to balance for all life on Earth~ Her heartful voice and raw rhythmic guitar strum share her deep love for Earth Mother and honor for all relations in the Hoop of Life~ Her simple but strong original songs invite one to connect with the Spirits of the Earth~

40% of the Proceeds from her new CD “Spirit Song” will be donated to organizations working to protect Earth Mother and the plants and animals that live in her Wild places~


Chip Boggs

Chip Boggs

Lamentation for the Earth


Continually inspired by the more-than-human landscape, Chip Boggs has lived his adult life in close communion with the 365 acre homestead he stewards on the South Coast of Oregon. His permaculture ethics have motivated many years of teaching interns, touring school children and hosting the natural building center of the Cob Cottage Company. His spoken word piece was inspired by the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and the precepts of Dr. David Abrams, author of “Spell of the Sensuous” and “Becoming Animal”.




Join your community at The 17th Annual Siskiyou FilmFest on Sunday, February 10th!

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Announcing the 17th Annual Siskiyou Film Festival coming soon to Grants Pass, Oregon.

Southern Oregon’s largest environmental film festival, a KS Wild Production. 

DATE: Sunday, February 10th, 2019 

LOCATION: Grants Pass High School, Performing Arts Center  

TIME: Doors open at 3pm and Films are from 4pm-9:30pm

SILENT AUCTION: Begins at 3pm and ends at Intermission

 
The long-standing “Siskiyou Film Festival” is a Southern Oregon tradition of celebrating the environment through film, a magical night for the whole family to enjoy. As the largest environmental film festival in Southern Oregon, the Siskiyou FilmFest focuses on the activism, science, and history of the environmental movement and features award-winning films about people creating real world solutions to today's environmental challenges on a local, regional and global scale. 

“The natural beauty of our region attracts a lot of filmmakers, and we are proud to be able to show a lot of films produced in Oregon and Northern California,” says FilmFest Co-Organizer and KS Wild’s Community Organizer, Allee Gustafson.

This year our feature film is the Oregon premiere of Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future. The documentary by filmmakers Stephen Most and Kevin White, who will be making a special guest appearance at the 17th Annual Siskiyou FilmFest for a 15 minute Q&A, reveals how fuel build-up and climate change have made Western wildlands vulnerable to large, high intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires accelerate climate change. This vicious cycle that jeopardizes our forests and affects us all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas. Come learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, how the Klamath’s Yurok tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on. 

Wilder than Wild is a must-see for people living in Southern Oregon. This film focuses on fires in a several areas, including the Klamath Basin, and offers solutions, which gave me a whole new perspective on fire. It is about as local and topical as it gets!” -Film Fest Co-Organizer, Talia Shea.

"My favorite thing about the Siskiyou FIlmFest is the people it brings together. With 40+ volunteers, film makers and directors from our local region and beyond, allied community and conservation groups, and people ready to take action regarding the environmental threats we face. It's a great place to get inspired and make your new best friend." Film Fest Co-Organizer, Brodia Minter KS Wild's Public Lands Advocate.

All are welcome to join the evening of captivating film, enjoy delicious cuisine made and sourced locally by Chef Kristen, and network with the Community Showcase with over twenty local organization booths.

Tickets are for sale are on our website http://www.siskiyoufilmfest.org at Oregon Books & Games in Grants Pass and at NW Nature Shop in Ashland.

The press is welcome to attend the Siskiyou FilmFest, please contact allee@kswild.org for Press Passes in advance.

SHHHH It's a SILENT AUCTION!

Our silent auction will be accompanied by the sweet sounds of Richard Eisner aka Ziggy playing some classical tunes while you peruse the amazing items we have in store!

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Richard Eisner a.k.a. Ziggy has been entertaining folk in Humboldt County and the High Rockies for several decades.

Much of ZIGGY's repertoire includes some originals as well as classic cover songs. In the last decade he has centered his passion on mother earth, musically preaching against the daily insults she endures from human hands and more importantly through the short sightedness of our political strategists and (alleged) leaders. His influences have included the likes of MJ, Paul Simon, Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, JT, PPM, Jackson Brown, and many others including some lesser known, yet brilliant writers.  Great songs preaching the same message for over fifty years by our musical saints Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger as well as Phil Ochs, Dylan, Aerosmith. Many more known and unknown. 

Say hello and enjoy ZIGGY's music before the films begin while perusing the SILENT AUCTION items available.

Volunteers and FilmFest attendees enjoying the silent auction! Photo credit: Mark Flynn

Volunteers and FilmFest attendees enjoying the silent auction! Photo credit: Mark Flynn