Films Announced for Our 12th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival











KWA invites you to our 12th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival!


Thursday, June 11, 2020

“Doors” at 6:30pm, event at 7:00pm EDT

(films will be available for viewing from 7:00pm on June 11 through midnight on June 16)


We are thrilled to be featuring the following films at this year’s festival.

This Land

  • Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she’s running 150 miles through three National Monuments that lie in the thick of the controversy around United States public lands.

Hammer Dam

  • Harold Hammer lives on his remote property in Northern California. When the Department of Fish and Wildlife discover his homemade dam used for hydropower, he has to decide if he wants to disrupt his way of life on the chance that removing his dam will increase salmon spawning habitat.

Land Without Evil

  • Throughout history, people have always been searching for a perfect place. This short film, based on Guaraní mythology (Tierra sin mal), offers another point of view on paradise: what is the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?

Last Call for the Bayou: Duck Queen of Plaquimines Parish

  • Albertine Kimble, rugged and quirky, is the best duck hunter in the parish. As the former coastal plan manager for the Parish she knows Plaquimines wetlands better than almost anyone. Through her eyes, this episode explains how human engineering prevented the Mississippi River from flowing its natural course, and how it deprives the wetlands of vital nutrients and sediment. As Albertine take us to her favorite hunting spots, she shares with us how the dying marsh is disrupting the Mississippi Flyway, something she has witnessed through the intimate familiarity she has with over 40 years of avid hunting.

Feel of Vision

  • In 1997, Lonnie Bedwell lost his eyesight in a brutal hunting accident. Lonnie’s faith in most basic abilities was shaken and depression started to weigh heavy on his life. Eventually, Lonnie came across a kayak and fell in love with the challenge of white water. The rest is history as Lonnie set off for the west and became the first blind man to take on the 226 miles of the Colorado River. Watch the trailer here.


Gone Tomorrow: Kentucky Ice Climbing

  • This adventure documentary will take you for a bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they’re gone, with a few surprises along the way. Watch the trailer here.


  • This is the remarkable story of the decade-long effort by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and its partners to improve human safety by re-connecting a historic mule deer migration that crosses over both US-93 and I-80 in rural Elko County, Nevada. Witness the wildlife crossing structures along I-80 from construction to the restoration of safe passage for migratory mule deer to more than 1.5 million acres of summer and winter habitat.

Nature Now

  • There is a natural solution to the climate breakdown: protecting forests. Climate activist Greta Thunberg and writer/climate activist George Monbiot explain.

Detroit Hives

  • East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. ‘Detroit Hives’ explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.

Love, Trails, & Dinosaurs

  • This heartwarming film tells the story of the first person with autism to hike every trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Garan Moore. His mother, Theresa, shares their story of a journey for weight loss that developed into a passion for hiking – and 900 miles later…one historic achievement.