Wild & Scenic 2020 Official Selections Announced!


In exploring the theme of (re)generation, festival-goers can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture.  Many of these films explore the possibilities of how to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

There are so many wonderful films this year it’s hard to choose which to highlight, but here are a few favorites.  Stay tuned for other film highlights and synopses along with trailers, filmmaker interviews & more in the forthcoming newsletters throughout December and January.

  • Sea of Shadows follows a team of scientists, conservationists, investigative journalists, along with courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy as they put their lives on the line to save the last remaining vaquitas and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.
  • Narrated by Captain America star Chris Evens, Superpower Dogs, will be featured in a Thursday evening 3D films program. The film follows six real-life working dogs & their human partners from around the world as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs.
  • For many years, this river’s ownership was under dispute. Now, it owns itself. In what’s believed to be a world’s first, the Whanganui River’s been granted legal personhood, with the same rights and responsibilities as you and me. But determining where a river ends and the rest of nature begins — that may be up for some debate in the short film The River is Me.
  • There is a place, right in the center of overcrowded California, where you can take a 300 mile river trip. The Sacramento River: At Current Speed is an exploration of a hidden river, surrounded by farm and freeway, where millions of people live and work.

CLICK HERE for the full list of 2020 selections!