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"DamNation" will explore how dams have changed our landscapes and how attitudes toward big dam projects are changing.
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Join Mountain Area Preservation for a weekend of adventure and activism at Truckee’s newly renovated Community Art Center on Sept. 26 and 27 when the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour rolls into town.

The festivities begin Friday with a 5 p.m. VIP reception and general public screening of the Patagonia sponsored film, “DamNation” at 6 p.m. This film odyssey across America explores a national attitude change from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to growing awareness the planet’s future is bound to the health of our rivers.

“DamNation’s” majestic cinematography moves through rivers and landscapes altered by dams and a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

The Wild & Scenic Saturday programming begins with family films at 4 p.m. and the general film program at 5 p.m. Visit nonprofit partner tables and browse sponsor booths and enter to win raffle prizes from the likes of sponsors Patagonia, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Mountain Hardware. Food and beverages for purchase will be provided by the Tahoe Food Hub. Downtown events surrounding the festival on Saturday include yoga hosted by California 89, 1-2 p.m.; Environmental Art Show at Moody’s Parlor, 4-7 p.m.; and an after-party on Saturday night at Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats featuring live music by Steven Roth.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the 11th annual festival held in Nevada City the third week of January. Wild & Scenic films focus on environmental concerns and celebrations.

“Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” said Tour Manager Lori Van Laanen. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference. Come watch and see!”

Family programming will include “My First Fish,” “Raptor Blues,” “Rockwall Climbing” and powerful short films “Cascada,” “Harvest of Shadows,” Honor the Treaties,” and more. The feature film, “Stand,” will be shown Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m., focusing on a pipeline proposal discussing what will be gained and what we stand to lose. It is a hauntingly beautiful examination of the people and culture of the Great Bear Rainforest and the lives of those committed to defending its fragile ecosystems.

“MAP is extremely excited to bring this event to our community in Downtown Truckee. This is a great chance for people to learn more about us and our partner nonprofits,” said MAP Development Director, Ursula Riina. “We hope everyone will find their own personal connection to one or many of the stories presented and take their next steps in having a direct impact on that particular issue.”

A special panel discussion with local environmental leaders will close the evening.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999.

Tickets for the Truckee event range from $10-$50 for student, adult, family and two-day packages.

DamNation is recommended for ages 12 and older and all-ages encouraged for family films on Saturday. Tickets, trailers and schedule information are available directly at http://www.MountainAreaPreservation.org and http://www.facebook.com/MountainAreaPreservation or call 530-582-6751.


Mountain Area Preservation is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in the Truckee-Tahoe Region. MAP’s mission is to preserve the Truckee regions’ community character and the natural environment for present and future generations through collaboration, stewardship and education. Membership information available at http://www.MountainAreaPreservation.org.

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