Wild and Scenic Film Festival and National Tour
Choosing “Fresh Local Wild” as the theme of its eighth annual festival, the 2010 Wild & Scenic Film Festival focused on films related to sustainable food, farming, and water. Nourish was selected to open the festival in the historic mining town of Nevada City, California, and hit the road as part of the festival’s national tour.
Considered the “Sundance” of environmental film festivals, Wild & Scenic draws thousands of participants each year, including filmmakers, celebrities, activists, and social innovators. Organized by the South Yuba River Citizens League, the three-day festival blends film, activism, and community through a packed schedule of workshops, special events, and screenings of more than 100 environmentally and globally conscious films.
Screened twice during the weekend, Nourish played to a sold-out audience of more than 350 people on opening night, in the landmark Nevada Theatre, California’s oldest original-use theater. Following the screening, director Kirk Bergstrom answered questions about the Nourish film and initiative.
Nourish was also included in a pre-festival screening for elementary school students, which included a discussion about what young people can do to create a healthier future.
For the national tour, Wild & Scenic partnered with environmental groups, nature centers, nonprofits, museums, universities, and outdoor retailers to host more than 90 screenings across the United States. Tour partners represented a wide range of venues and community interests, from the Alabama Rivers Alliance in Birmingham to the Vermont Land Trust in Poultney, from the Western Colorado Congress in Grand Junction to the Pinellas Native Plant Society in Dunedin, Florida.
Nourish was featured as one of the top selections, shown alongside films such as No Impact Man and Big River. By sharing these films with a wider audience, the Wild & Scenic tour inspires people across the country to take action in their local and global community.