Film festival this weekend in Tahoe City carries the theme: ‘Water. The Essential!’ |

Film festival this weekend in Tahoe City carries the theme: ‘Water. The Essential!’

Aerial Images of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico, with a high tide flowing up sections.
Courtesy Peter McBride |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships will host its first-ever film festival this weekend in Tahoe City.

The festival’s theme is “Water. The Essential!” — it all takes place Oct. 23-25 at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema and Moe’s Original BBQ, both in Tahoe City.

The weekend includes screenings of “compelling and inspirational award-winning films about water issues facing us today, exciting adventure films on water as well as many other films related to environmental issues,” according to a news release. “Speakers and filmmakers will introduce some of the films.”

According to SWEP, a few of the highlights from the film selection include:

• “Return of the River” is a documentary that tells the story of the largest dam removal in history, currently unfolding in Washington State. It shows the great community effort to set the river free and an unlikely victory for environmental justice.

• “A River Between Us” tells the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today. Now it is proposed to be one of the largest restoration projects in American history, involving the removal of four dams on the Klamath River within Oregon and California.

• “Monsoon” is a cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on Earth. It’s a film that captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.

As part of the festival, SWEP is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a gala set for Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at Sunnyside Resort in Tahoe City.

This evening will feature live music, gourmet treats, film clips/shorts, silent auction — and, what has become a SWEP staple, a signature Trashion Show, complete with a red carpet and paparazzi to add to the fun.

Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance at

Since 1996, nonprofit SWEP programs have engaged over 9,000 students each year in grades K-12, emphasizing service learning that provides multiple benefits to students and their communities.

“Many of our projects and programming serve as gateway to college and career pathways in environmental sciences and other technical fields,” said Missy Mohler, Executive Director of SWEP.

Tickets and passes for the film festival can be purchased at Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema, or online at

Visit to learn more about the festival, including screening times and a full list of films.

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