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Wild & Scenic Film Festival seeks Tahoe Truckee sponsors

Join Mountain Area Preservation at the newly renovated downtown Truckee Community Art Center on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, when they host a weekend of adventure, activism and community.

On Friday, MAP will kick off the weekend with a special screening of the Patagonia sponsored film, DamNation at 6 p.m. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour programming is scheduled for Saturday starting at 5 p.m.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, which is now its 11th year. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak about the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet.

“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!”

This year’s festival committee has selected amazing films with powerful messages including social activism, water and fish conservation.

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. The four-day event features over 100 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement.

The home festival kicks-off the national tour to over 100 communities nationwide allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with others organizations. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of their National Partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Mother Jones, the festival can reach an even larger audience in tour venues coast to coast.

The town of Truckee and Chamber of Commerce have awarded grants to MAP to assist with bringing this event to the community. Sponsorship packages are available for all businesses and individuals interested in participating.

The expected attendance for each night is more than 200 with benefit packages ranging from $100 individual to Title sponsors with full integration and alignment with the National Partners. Title sponsors are limited and require response by July 31 to receive full promotional benefits. Information is available directly at http://www.mapf.org/wild-scenic-2014/ or you may contact Ursula Riina at ursula@mapf.org or 530-582-6751.

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