Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour in Sacramento

Note: ECOS/Habitat 2020 will not be hosting a Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour in Sacramento in 2019. Stay tuned for information about a festival in 2020!

About the Sacramento Festival

2018 was the ninth year that the Environmental Council of Sacramento/Habitat 2020 and Save Our Sandhill Cranes hosts a Sacramento festival. All proceeds benefit the California Heartland Project, a project of Habitat 2020 that includes increasing access to open space for education and recreation, protecting the unique biological diversity found in the Sacramento Valley and conserving our agricultural heritage. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival stands out as a film festival that inspires and motivates community members to protect the environment, locally and beyond. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Tour in Sacramento shows films that address issues relevant to our community. Themes include water quality and conservation, sustainable development, energy, food, agriculture, wildlife protection, environmental justice, land use, habitat preservation and outdoor recreation.


Check back for ticket instructions as we get closer to the launch of the 2019 event. They will also be available at the door, but space will be limited. We recommend that you buy them online as soon as possible, before the day of the event. If you sponsor this event, tickets are an included benefit.

Student/Low-Income $15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)
General Admission $20.00 ($21.69 w/service fee)
General + ECOS Membership (save ten dollars) $45.00 ($47.57 w/service fee)

Special Guests

Corky Quirk of Norcal Bats

Corky was featured in one of the films that was selected to show in Sacramento (see the full program below). We are excited to announce that Corky attended the film festival to answer and answered questions about her work with bats in the Sacramento region!

2018 Film Program

The following is a list of films we will be showing in Sacramento.

Sky Migrations

Each fall, our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors, a migration that relies on two hemispheres worth of wild and healthy ecosystems. Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of back country scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

More info: www.charlespost.com | www.hawkwatch.org

The Salmon Will Run

This is the story of Chief Caleen Sisk of the Winnemem Wintu tribe and the journey to bring our salmon home. Though they are not a federally recognized tribe and are small in numbers, the Winnemem Wintu have made tremendous strides in achieving their mission. They have galvanized people across the country, made their way into federal agency meeting rooms, and have raised $80,000. Our film brings our audience to the heart of the issue, helping them understand what is at stake, and why they need to be involved.

More info: www.survivalmediaagency.com | www.run4salmon.org


National Parks are hard.

More info: www.maxeyfishandsea.com

A Letter to Congress

Wallace Stegner’s 1960 letter to Congress about the importance of wilderness is the framework for a new message, one in which our unified voice can help prevent the transfer of our most valuable heritage— our public lands— to private and corporate interests.

More info: www.avocadosandcoconuts.com

Wildlife and The Wall

Filmmaker Ben Masters (UNBRANDED) goes into the heart of the Big Bend, the last true wilderness in the state of Texas to consider what effects building a border wall might have on wildlife dispersal, migratory corridors, and access to the Rio Grande, the only water source in a harsh desert environment.

More info: www.finandfurfilms.com

The Invisible Mammal – The Bat Rescuer

This is a story about the struggle that bats face to survive, specifically in North America, where white nose syndrome is causing sharp decline in populations of certain bat species. The Invisible Mammal also explores issues like climate change and habitat destruction, and the role that humans must take to save bats from extinction. In this first installment of The Invisible Mammal series, we meet The Bat Rescuer. Corky Quirk is the founder of NorCal Bats, an organization that provides care for injured bats and educational programs for libraries, schools, nature programs, fairs and other events throughout the region. Corky has been working intensely with native California bats since 2005 and has educated thousands of people. She works with injured and orphaned bats, returning them to the wild and keeps a captive colony of non-releasable bats for use in education.

More info: www.theinvisiblemammal.com | www.norcalbats.org | www.yolobasin.org

Where The Wild Things Play

Friday night at the local watering hole and … where the ladies at? Answer: BASE jumping from high desert cliffs, performing tricks on slacklines, climbing granite routes, shredding singletrack, skiing backcountry lines and generally leaving you fellas behind. This rowdy ode to female athletes by Krystle Wright leaves no doubt about the state of women in today’s outdoor world: badass.

Brothers of Climbing

How can you be what you can’t see? Mikhail Martin, co-founder of Brothers of Climbing said, “I literally typed, ‘Are there black climbers?’ in Google … someone said, ‘black people don’t climb.’”

A small group of climbers began to challenge that thought. The Brothers of Climbing is a crew that’s making the climbing community more welcoming. Watch to see how they created a community where one wasn’t.


Biomimicry, the practice of looking deeply into nature for solutions to engineering, design and other challenges, has inspired a film about it’s ground-breaking vision for creating a long-term, sustainable world. This film covers how mimicking nature solves some of our most pressing problems, from reducing carbon emissions to saving water.

Naturally Selected

Sam Van Leer’s organization rescues native habitat and fights for Miami’s most vulnerable residents. In this fun yet moving documentary, Sam’s unique charm and inspiring dedication is on full display with candid work footage and interviews as we learn what it’s like to run a volunteer powered organization in the country’s most threatened but least civically-engaged city.

More info: www.facebook.com/naturallyselectedfilm | www.urbanparadiseguild.org | www.facebook.com/urbanparadiseguild

Valve Turners

On October 11, 2016, in solidarity with Standing Rock and in response to the climate emergency we are facing, a team of activists took direct action shutting off the 5 pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada into the United States.

More info: www.steveliptay.net | www.shutitdown.today

Blind Sushi

The film tells the story of a blind travel writer who goes foraging and diving with the world’s first sustainable sushi chef, in search of enlightenment and a new way to see the world.

Become a Sponsor

It would be an honor to partner with you this year and we appreciate any way in which you can help us to ensure that we can continue informing, entertaining, and inspiring our community around a variety of environmental issues. We also strive to make this sponsorship opportunity as mutually beneficial as possible.

Festival Origin 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The 4-day event features over 125 award-winning films and welcomes over 80 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. SYRCL is now sharing their success with other organizations to bring the festival to over 100 communities nationwide. It is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism.

Why is an environmental film festival called “Wild and Scenic” you ask? The short answer is: To free the rivers!

Let us explain. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed into law 50 years ago to protect wild rivers and scenic rivers from development that would substantially change their wild or scenic nature. Rivers, or sections of rivers, so designated are preserved in their free-flowing condition and are not dammed or otherwise impeded.
The Sacramento Wild and Scenic Film Festival is especially focused on environmental issues in our region. We see our local rivers as a valuable resources for humans, wildlife and the ecosystem alike! Join us for this year’s festival to catch some of the beautiful imagery and powerful messages presented in the films submitted for this well-loved festival.

Silent Auction and Raffle

We host a silent auction and raffle at the film festival to raise funds for the protection of local habitat in the Sacramento region. Come early to make sure you can check out the raffle prizes and the wonderful selection of photography and artwork up for silent auction! It’s a great opportunity to get that special gift for the holidays, treat yourself to a getaway or a new piece of house decor, and at the same time, invest in preserving our local ecosystems.

The Hosts and Beneficiary

ECOS hosts this event in partnership with Save Our Sandhill Cranes, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining open space habitat and to the conservation of the California Central Valley’s Sandhill Crane populations through education, outreach, and community activism.

The chosen beneficiary of all festival proceeds is the California Heartland Project, the regional conservation vision of Habitat 2020, the conservation committee of ECOS. The California Heartland Project seeks to create a connected network of parks, preserves, and conservation easements on working farms and ranches–creating access to open space for education and recreation, protecting the unique biological diversity found in the Sacramento Valley, and conserving our agricultural heritage.

For More Information

Email office[at]ecosacramento[dot]net.

Environmental Council of Sacramento and Habitat 2020
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival
South Yuba River Citizens League
Sac Wild Scenic on Facebook

Official Hashtag: #sacwildscenic