Join us for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival


The SYRCL Wild and Scenic Film Festival, hosted by Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, highlights films that encourage adventure and serve as catalysts to protect wild landscapes. From Bangladesh to Utah, this year’s films feature mountain climbers, backcountry backpackers, community organizers, conservationists, and photographers exploring and protecting some of our world’s most incredible places. Tickets are $12 ($8 for students) and include a screening of seven films and a raffle for prizes. Beer, wine, and snacks will also be available for purchase.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., films begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Get tickets: Minneapolis screening »film festival promotional poster
Friday, August 25, 2017

Get tickets: Duluth screening »
Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 Featured Films:

Ace and the Desert Dog - For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out for a 60-day backpacking trip in Utahs canyon country. The pair tells the story of their trek, friendship, and Genghis records it on his Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg.

Crossing Home A Skier’s Journey - Any weary traveler is faced with a road that ultimately winds to an end. Embarking on a three week expedition, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots boat, bushwack, ski, and packraft across the spine of the Coast mountains. What is the meaning of home? A cast of characters help them understand what that term truly means.

Destiny’s Bay - Destiny Watford organized her community to prevent construction of the nations 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.

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.

The High Divide - They say The High Divide is the place where the world is cut in two. Then again, it may be where everything comes together. Cowboys who love salmon. Woodcutters who fight for forests. Generation after generation stewarding land and water. These are the lost voices of the American West.

Think Like a Scientist Boundaries - Humans construct boundaries around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations to bring order to a chaotic world. Conservation photographer Krista Schlyer and biologist Jon Beckmann document the damaging impacts of the border wall on wildlife. Humans probably wont stop constructing walls and fences any time soon, but planning our boundaries with wildlife in mind can help prevent these structures from causing environmental harm.

Wasfia - Wasfia Nazreen doesnt just climb for the thrill; she climbs for a cause. The first Bangladeshi to scale the Seven Summits, Wasfia has made it her purpose to brave these climbs for the women of Bangladesh. Lyrical and poetic, this documentary, shot entirely on iPhone 6S, takes us from the depths of Wasfias struggles to the highest peaks on the planet, exploring what it means to pursue the unknown.

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