The 15th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival Is August 13 at the Redwood Playhouse in Garberville

This is a press release from the Lost Coast Interpretive Association:

The Wild & Scenic® Film Festivals held annually for the last 15 years are meant to inspire and unite communities to heal the earth, while providing award winning environmental adventure films that you are sure to enjoy.

LCIA’s film selections for 2017

Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon: “This “nature documentary” is actually animated. The chameleon’s biggest flaw is its “untamed sense of appetite.” He wants to eat anything that flies by, which turns out to be his downfall.

Red Wolf Revival

Red Wolf Revival:  A story of the last remaining wild population of red wolves. The film documents the struggle to reintroduce one of the rarest animals on earth in the face of cultural, economic, and biological challenges in North Carolina.

Douglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy:  Douglas – adventurer, entrepreneur, conservationist, founder of The North Face and Esprit – spent the first half of his life building global brands while adventuring around the world. Tompkins-initiated efforts have helped secure 4.75 million acres in new protected areas in Chile and Argentina including five new national parks. Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes and his team’s efforts to continue his mission.

Eel River – Return to Abundance

Eel River – Return to Abundance:  The last century has been hard on the Eel. Population growth, logging, mining, increasing demand for water, and now climate change. The Eel River ecosystem is compromised, and the salmon have suffered. But the Eel is resilient, has shown signs of recovery, and has the ability to thrive once again. The Eel presents the best opportunity to restore historic fish abundance in California.

Pangolin:  The journey of a single pangolin; from the moment it is taken from the wild to its final destination in China. Filmed on location across three countries with the help of reformed poachers and wildlife enforcement officers, it seeks to inform a people about pangolins and the illegal trade they are central to in order to address the very real danger that pangolins might be extinct before much of the world ever knew they existed.


Guided:  Meet Ray Reitze, a Maine wilderness guide and gentle spirit who shares his philosophy of how to live in harmony with the outdoors to the next generation of guides – all the while grappling with his own mortality as he transitions from the physical world of guiding to a more spiritual understanding of nature and our place within it.

Elk migrating over the high country passes in the early summer, pushing the snowline heading into Yellowstone NP for the summer. This photo was made with a motion triggered camera trap, the elk did not know that they were being photographed.

Elk River:  Documenting the migration of elk herds that summer in Yellowstone National Park, who home outside the protected park boundaries as far as 70 miles away the rest of the year,. Fusing science and the arts, explorers join these beautiful animals on a trek from Wyoming’s rangeland through snowy mountain passes and treacherous river crossings to the rugged beauty of Yellowstone’s high-alpine meadows. Along the way, they meet backcountry guides and cattle ranchers whose lives are intricately tied with the fate of the elk and other migratory species that call the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem home.

All proceeds from this benefit go to support our many environmental educational programs of the Lost Coast Interpretive Association including: Youth Interpreter Scholarships, Summer Adventure Camp, Hikes, and Lectures.  For more information visit



  • I love watching national geographic channel. They inspire us to learn more so that we become better aware of our own part in nature. Love is the biggest inspiration ever!
    I can’t see myself watching hours of tunnel vision environmental extremism bias talk though. This is a frog. This is a dead frog. Man did this. Man is evil. Man is hated. Man should never step foot inside the sacred forests, deserts, lakes and oceans. Man must die, to save the planet.
    Now send me all your money.

    • Poster formerly known as Matt

      Are you referring to one of the listed movies in particular or to the Lost Coast Interpretive Association who is hosting the film fest?

      • The overall pathetic narrative that many have become desensitized to and even abhor thanks to the political exaggerations that were created for profit.
        I haven’t seen the shows, and I don’t care to waste my money on being the guinea pig. I’ll wait and see what the average Joe comes away with after the narrative marathon.

  • Dear Lost Coast Interpretation Association,

    I want to ask, did you know the South Fork Eel River has received both state (1972) and federal (1981) Wild & Scenic River designation?

    The reason I ask, is the fact that right below your fundraisier (Wild and Scenic Film Festival), less than one mile away on Sprowel Creek Road is Randall Sand & Gravel, the largest commercial in-stream gravel extraction/process/stockpiling plant on the South Fork Eel River; that includes an cement/concrete batch plant and ready-mix operation, have you seen it (see attachment photo). And leases 86 acres of the river bar above and below the bridge, including the beach @ Tooby Park from the Southern Humboldt Community Park for its operation and in-stream gravel mining.

    As someone who had grown up in Garberville and family owned a home(s) (1961-2015) and seen first hand what Randall Sand & Gravel has done to degrade the river and adversely effected the aquatic wildlife habitat of threatened and endangered Coho, Chinook and Steelhead fisheries and their essential fish habitat since 1986, it just seems hypocritical for you to have this “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” in the back yard of Randall Sand & Gravel, like it does not even exist and by no means helps improve the health or well-being of a Wild & Scenic River like the South Fork Eel River.

    “Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten” ~ Cree

    Thank you,
    Ed Voice & Voice Family

    • All one needs for cleaning their water is sand, gravel and charcoal.
      Maybe the two should get together and hire that charcoal plant I heard about and start cleaning the planet instead of griping about it.

  • Everyone should read “Playing God in Yellowstone” to get a picture of how Western Civilization “manages” it’s treasured wildlife.

  • I have never understood how people in one area of the world can be so concerned about issues in another, when they have so much going wrong in their own backyard, its just amazing to me. And when you call them out and ask why, they say this:

    Dear Mr. Voice,

    We understand that you are concerned for the Eel River. We share your concern. That is why we teach children about the Eel River and its watershed through water quality monitoring and other environmental lessons. We do our work through education. The best defense we can provide for our rivers is to influence current and future generations to be good stewards.

    You may be pleased to hear that Pat Higgins of Eel River Recovery Project will be speaking at our fundraiser, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. We also plan to air a film on the Eel produced by CalTrout in addition to the selection of films provided by the festival.

    As a small, mostly volunteer run organization, we are not equipped to engage in dialog with individuals that is political in nature. Therefore, this is the last response you will receive from us. We are spread thin and wish keep our energies focused on our environmental education work.


    Lost Coast Interpretive Association Board of Directors

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