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Wild & Scenic film festival set for Saturday at Village 12

Anyone looking to connect with nature this weekend doesn’t need to go any farther than Village 12.

This Saturday, the Friends of the Rappahannock is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, a three-hour event that seeks to inform and inspire viewers to get involved with environmental activism.

Wild & Scenic, which originated in Nevada City, Calif., is the largest festival of its kind. The event has grown over the past 12 years and is shown in more than 100 U.S cities.

Over the course of three hours, festivalgoers will be able to enjoy 20 different short films on various topics such as the environment, energy, climate change and indigenous cultures.

“Each film is very different,” said Rachael Poor, the developmental director for Friends of the Rappahannock. “The shortest is two minutes, while the longest is about 18.”

All of the films shown have a specific message and are informative, but vary on subjects. Some endorse outdoor recreation, while others focus on highlighting individuals who have made differences in their communities.

“Some of the films will make people really stop and go, ‘I didn’t realize this was so important,’ and that’s the last message that we want to leave,” said Poor.

This year’s theme is “emPOWERment” and will focus on energy. Many of the films will look into the effects of various energy sources, in addition to the costs and alternatives.

In addition to the screenings, various nonprofit organizations will have tables set up, providing information on green living, conservation and outdoor recreation.

There will also be raffles and prizes throughout the event, where people can win small prizes from sponsors like Patagonia, or larger prizes like a weekend stay in a West Virginia cabin.

For the past two years, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival has drawn more than 200 people. According to Poor, this year they are aiming for 250.

“These films are beautiful and incredibly inspiring,” Poor said. “People leave feeling really inspired to pay attention to the environment and want to go out and get involved.”

What: Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Where: Village 12 and Splitsville, Spotsylvania Towne Centre

When: Saturday, March 29 at 8 a.m. Films start at 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $8 advance, $10 at door

Info: riverfriends.org

Hope Racine 540/374-5403

hracine@freelancestar.com

 

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