Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Orcas Center Presents
on Center Stage

Wild and Scenic Film Festival: At The Edge

September 22, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15, $9 students
$5 Subsidized Tickets available at the Box Office

Celebrate the equinox on September 22, 7:30 pm at Orcas Center with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an evening of inspiring documentaries about young people who are healing the earth. This year’s lineup of short films will focus on our planet’s next generation of change-makers—kids who are inspiring hope by making a positive difference all over the world. The 5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will feature environmental and adventure films and is co-hosted by the San Juan Preservation Trust and Orcas Center.

The event’s highlight will be a worldwide, galactic premiere—the first-ever public screening of “Tipping Point,” a documentary about climate change that features Dylan D’Haeze, Orcas Island’s own talented young filmmaker. Also on the evening’s program is Dylan’s first documentary, “Plastic is Forever”—a huge hit when it was screened at Orcas Center for island students on Earth Day 2017. The film and its 14-year-old star have since gone on to win several national and international awards.

“Tipping Point” is the second installment, after “Plastic is Forever,” in a new series of documentaries called “Kids Can Save the Planet.” Dylan and his parents, professional filmmakers Dawn and Kevin D’Haeze of Rock Island Media, are producing the series together as a family. Each film in the series centers around Dylan’s quest to get to the bottom of an issue such as plastic pollution and climate change, and then learn how he and other kids can mobilize to tackle these threats to the planet.

This is the fourth year that Orcas Center and the San Juan Preservation Trust have teamed up to co-sponsor this popular event. “We are especially excited that Dylan D’Haeze will be back onstage at Orcas Center to introduce his new film, after the tremendous success of ‘Plastic Is Forever’,” said Tim Seifert, executive director of the San Juan Preservation Trust. “The evening’s focus on our next generation of conservationists brings a fresh twist to this year’s Wild & Scenic program.”  “Orcas Center is once again proud to be a co-sponsor of the “Wild & Scenic Film Festival” with San Juan Preservation Trust,” said Brian Kemp, Executive Director of Orcas Center.  “It’s great see how these films from young conservationists are making an impact in our community and across the region.”

Bring the whole family and join us to rethink how we inhabit our planet at Orcas Center’s 5th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Get inspired to find solutions “At the Edge,” where festival-goers will see award winning youth centered films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, marine life, tradition and environmental justice. Cocina Latina will be offering delicious tacos and tamales for sale in the Madrona Room at 6:30 before the films begin as well as during intermission!

Sneak preview of some of the films:

Pale Blue Dot – Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos through an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth. (Singapore, 2014)

Destiny’s Bay – As a 17-year-old high school senior, Destiny Watford organized her community to prevent construction of the nation’s largest incinerator in a Baltimore neighborhood less than one mile from her high school–and won the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in 2016. (USA, 2016)

Devotion: Libby Peter – Libby Peter is one of the UK’s most respected rock climbers, with years of experience in expeditions, instructing, coaching and guiding around the world. Throughout her astounding career, Libby has been consistently committed to fulfilling her personal and professional objectives while raising her daughters Ruby and Zoe in the climbing hub of North Wales, UK. Libby reflects on how – quite unintentionally – climbing has shaped her life. (England, 2016)

My Haggan Dream – On the island of Saipan, a young girl’s mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home. Join her adventure to find turtles, which leads to a birthday wish. Finalist, Blue Ocean FF (Northern Mariana Islands, USA, 2016)

Canyon Song ­ A Navajo family balances modern life with the traditional “Navajo Way,” teaching their children their language, culture, and ceremony within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This is the second film in the National Park Experience film series. Best Shorts Competition, Award of Merit, Native American/Aboriginal Peoples (USA, 2016)

Click here for Dylan D’Haeze films at Orcas Center!

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