Wild & Scenic Film Festival

313 Railroad Ave. Suite 101
Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: (530) 265-5961
Fax: (530) 265-6232


Eric Dunn, Festival Director (530) 265-5961 ext. 223

Growing up in the Midwest, Eric’s love of nature and waterways was established early at a summer camp with a focus on extended wilderness tripping in the north woods.  After crafting his own unique degree at The Ohio State University, Eric began his professional career with over a decade of experience managing and booking musicians at high-profile events around the globe.  Following years of life in the Midwest he relocated to the Nevada City region in 2012.  Prior to Wild & Scenic, Eric was the owner & manager of an award-winning essential oils and aromatherapy products company with his wife.  Eric brings with him to Wild & Scenic a deep well of experience in logistics, marketing, & sales. Eric has been a member of the WSFF team since 2019, starting as an On Tour Coordinator and working a variety of roles over the past five years.

Today Eric continues to be an avid outdoorsman.  He is an enthusiastic photographer, especially long exposure and astrophotography, and exploring the use of instant film.  He enjoys sharing his vision and the natural beauty of our earth to help connect others in appreciation and gratitude for the natural world.  In his spare time, Eric enjoys getting outside and exploring the region with his wife & dogs in a variety of ways including hiking, camping, canoeing, skiing, & soaking in hot springs.

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Michael Huth, On Tour Manager (530) 265-5961 ext. 230

Michael was born and raised playing sports and running around the marshes and woodlands of Southern Wisconsin. He went to college in Milwaukee, earning his BFA in Marketing/Business Administration.  After college he moved to Southern California to pursue the entertainment industry.  Having spent a considerable amount of time in the entertainment industry, working as a talent agent, business affairs manager, and producer, he realized his true skillset was people and building connections to strengthen individuals, startups, and established multi-faceted companies.  In moving west Michael found his true passion to apply that skillset though was elsewhere. Somewhere up on Sierra Mountain ridgelines or down in a winding slot canyon riverbed his priorities changed. In seeing the drastic changes to his favorite locations in such a short time he decided to leave entertainment and pursue environmental impact projects. The goal became to help be a bridge between industries, connecting sustainable initiatives and community-focused solutions, with an emphasis on coexisting with our impact on the environment. Michael is a certified natural builder in anything cob or earthen material related, and currently working on permaculture projects where he lives and helps build a 33 acre farm co-op with friends here in Grass Valley.

Rebecca Walters, On Tour Coordinator 

Rebecca received her BFA in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a social impact filmmaker, coordinator, guest artist, and festival agent she has worked for the Sundance Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Stowe Story Labs. Her work has screened at universities across the country and has premiered at several film festivals including the Austin Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, and Ivy Film Festival. When Rebecca isn’t writing, directing or advocating for change, you can find her hiking in the mountains, or dancing on a beach somewhere!

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Chryssa McAnelly, Social Media and Marketing Assistant

Chryssa grew up in Nevada County and always admired the beauty around her. She enjoys going on hikes and exploring new places with her friends and family. Chryssa is currently working toward an AA in Business which sparked her interest in marketing. Since joining SYRCL, she has developed a better understanding and appreciation for what they do, and she is thrilled to learn more in her time here. In her free time, you can find her baking, painting, listening to music, or hanging out with her friends.

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Aaron Zettler-Mann, SYRCL Executive Director

Predictably, he found his way to working as a raft guide. He was a raft guide on rivers throughout the Sierra Nevada for nearly ten years, and even met his wife (also a guide) while working on the South Fork of the American. In addition to guiding, Aaron worked on ski patrol and construction. After many years of playing and working seasonally, the future began to call.
Aaron is a Geographer at heart. He has completed three degrees in Geography; a BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a MA at the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. His academic training and research are in fluvial geomorphology and remote sensing. Aaron has taught a variety of courses including remote sensing, geomorphology, climatology, and geographic information systems. In addition, he has been involved in river research projects across the western US, and internationally. Aaron’s drive to protect and improve the health of the West’s watersheds led him to SYRCL. As Watershed Science Director, he will work closely with the community, government, and private entities to develop, implement, and monitor restoration efforts across the Yuba River watershed.
When not working, Aaron can almost certainly be found outdoors playing on the water with his wife. Whitewater kayaking and rafting, skiing, surfing, and mountain biking keep Aaron busy year-round. Aaron also enjoys cooking and baking.

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