2022 Special Programming

During the festival there are many events other than just films. Please note that many of our workshops, chats, and other non-film programming have been postponed in addition to the in-person film screenings.



Sunday, 1-3 pm (Meet at the trailhead at 1:00 PM*) – In the Field: Guided Hike at Independence Trail East (SOLD OUT)

Join Bear Yuba Land Trust “In the Field,” for a guided hike at Independence Trail East. Led by Jesse Locks, the hike follows the gentle gradient of an old mining ditch and is wheelchair accessible for one mile. Attendees will enjoy views of the South Yuba River canyon and learn about the history of the trail, the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. It utilizes the old Excelsior Ditch, built in 1859, to carry water for hydraulic mining. Learn more about Independence Trail in the 2022 Official Selection A Wild Independence, screening at the Nevada Theater on Saturday afternoon (4:45 pm). Space is limited. Advanced registration required. Due to being outside and not in a festival venue this activity does not have a vaccination requirement. Please wear closed-toe shoes, dress for the weather, and bring water/snacks. 

*Directions to trailhead: From Nevada City, take Highway 49 toward Downieville, go 6.25 miles north. Continue past Independence Trail West and the main parking area (currently closed). For Independence Trail East, please park in the overflow/secondary parking area, just north of the main parking area. 



Eating local: a conversation with documentary filmmaker, Suzanne Crocker (Click Here to access)

After a landslide temporarily blocked highway access to their hometown of Dawson City, in Yukon, Canada, film director, Suzanne Crocker, decided that she and her family would spend a full year eating exclusively local produce. as they should know how to live if they couldn’t access grocery stores. The experience of them learning to live without access to a grocery is documented in 2022 official selection First We Eat. Join us to hear Suzanne Crocker talk about the challenges, surprises, and life-long changes that her family went through during their “local-food-only” period.



20 Years in the Making—Adventure Stories with Alpacka Raft  (Click Here to access) 

After a 600-mile traverse in Alaska’s Brooks Range with wholly inadequate boats, Thor Tingey asked his mom, Sheri, a pioneer in the outdoor industry, to make him a better boat. From this request and many hours sewing in the garage, Alpacka Raft was born. Recognized as the industry leader that modernized packrafting, their adventure continues. Join us for a series of stories that has led the company to where it is today. Get to know the founders, ask questions and join the conversation. 



Activists of all experience levels and passions can learn more about the issues presented in the films and innovative ideas about how to make a lasting difference. If you’re a budding filmmaker, learn the secrets of industry professionals who make the films that change the world! Emphasizing our commitment to inspiring activism, we are proud to offer these workshops for FREE thanks to our partner, Earthjustice. 

Activist Center workshops sponsored by:



California on Fire (click here to access)

California has been experiencing more intense, larger, and more destructive wildfires in the last five years.  1.3 million acres burned in just the 2021 Dixie, Beckwourth, and Caldor fires alone. These severe fires put lives and communities at risk, and threaten the benefits that healthy forests provide, such as clean and ample water, clean air, carbon storage, recreation, and wildlife habitat. What is causing this and what can we do about it? This panel discussion, featuring Eli Ilano, Forest Supervisor for the Tahoe National Forest, Dan Porter, Forest Strategy Lead with The Nature Conservancy and Willie Whittlesey, General Manager at Yuba Water Agency attempts to answer these questions and look at what communities can do collectively to help.



We also want to call out live events we’re hosting via Zoom that we hope you’ll find time to attend: 


Awards Party 

Join us to be the first to learn of award-winning films! Meet filmmakers, film judges, and WSFF enthusiasts who, just like you, support our mission and believe in the power of filmmaking to change the world! 

When: Friday, January 21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PT 

 Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89443628308?pwd=NkVaVmN3VjJCSHlWUnNpL1EraSt1UT09