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March 27, 2018

Saint Martin's University and the Saint Martin's Biology Club will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on April 26 in the Worthington Conference Center. 

LACEY, Wash. — The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is coming to Saint Martin’s University on Thursday, April 26, and will be presented by the Saint Martin’s Biology Club. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, California, which is now in its 16th year. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. All proceeds from the event benefit the Saint Martin’s Biology Club to promote and fund undergraduate research conferences.

“Come join Saint Martin’s University and the Biology Club for its inaugural Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour, a night of films, food and community involvement,” said Abigail Limov, senior biology major and president of the Saint Martin’s Biology Club. “The festival will feature 11 films about environmentalism, conservation, adventure, sustainability and appreciation for nature. We are bringing this festival to our area to promote community involvement, preservation and increasing awareness of the issues that are happening and how they are affecting us all.”

“I’ve been so impressed with how motivated the student leadership has been in getting this project off the ground,” said Aaron Coby, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of biology. “The timing is great with the kick off of our new Environmental Studies program. It’s going to be great fun!”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The five-day event features over 150 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks-off the international tour to over 170 communities around the globe, allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with other organizations. The festival is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of National Partners: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, CLIF Bar, EarthJustice, Klean Kanteen, Peak Design and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, the festival can reach an even larger audience.

Featured at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Saint Martin’s will be such films as “Wild Olympics,” which follows paddlers Adam and Susan Elliott as they kayak, fish, packraft and explore the wild rivers of the Olympic Peninsula; “Eating for Change,” which is about Sierra Harvest about how it educates, inspires and connects families to fresh, local seasonal foods through farm to school education, training the next generation of farmers and supporting low income families in growing food at home; and “The New Environmentalist: Water Song,” which is about Maxima Acua, a subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, who stood up to the giant Newmont Mining Corporation over the development of a gold and copper mine on her property.


Films: “Wild Olympics,” “A Letter to Congress,” “Dream Day,” “Eating for Change,” “Growing Change,” “Conservation Generation,” “Every Bend,” “The New Environmentalist: Water Song,” “The Wild President,” “Think Like a Scientist: Boundaries,” and “Disobedience.”

When: Thursday, April 26. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and program will start at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Norman Worthington Conference Center, Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Ticket Prices: $15 for students (includes Saint Martin’s, Evergreen, and South Puget Sound Community College), $25 for community 

Tickets can be purchased through the registration page. Ticket price includes appetizers and drinks, and access to local environmental and social-good organizations.

For more details visit the event page on Facebook.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For additional information:

Abigail Limov
Saint Martin’s Biology Club President

Aaron Coby, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor, Biology
360-486-8867; acoby@stmartin.edu

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager
360-412-6126; khyde@stmartin.edu