The 7th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Thursday, October 23, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Main Street Landing, Burlington

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WSFFJoin VNRC and Patagonia Burlington for the 7th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the theme of this year’s event is Protecting Wilderness and Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change. We’ll feature films about wilderness, land use, and natural communities, with a special focus on activism and how individuals or groups of people can make a difference. Whatever your own causes are, we are sure you’ll leave the festival feeling inspired to go out into your own community and make a difference.

As in the past, the evening-long festival will feature environmental and adventure-based films, food and drinks catered by the Skinny Pancake, and a fantastic silent auction.

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We hope you’ll consider taking advantage another great opportunity to support our work.  For just $20 you can purchase a ticket with a VNRC Membership – normally a $52 value!  Not only will you get to enjoy a lively and inspiring film festival, you’ll be supporting an organization that’s taking on the top environmental issues facing us today.  Not feeling the love?  You can also purchase a general admission ticket for $12.  Order your tickets online today by clicking here.

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2014 Films

Team Network: Badru’s Story

Badru's Story
Each year Badru Mugerwa sets 60 camera traps in the rugged forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. His work is part of the TEAM Network, a global web of field stations that provide an early warning system for loss of biodiversity in tropical forests. Badru and his fellow TEAM scientists have collected over one million images of mammals and birds to help guide conservation efforts.

El Campo Es Vida

Javier Vera is a 20-year-old, third generation gaucho living in the Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia, a region that has deteriorated significantly due to agricultural use by previous generations of gauchos. While maintaining a traditional gaucho lifestyle, Javier is one of many young locals working in conservation-based tourism initiatives across Patagonia that are serving as new models for conserving the region’s wild lands. Javier is not tempted by the lure of a faster paced lifestyle and instead believes strongly in the joy and beauty of rural life. This is a portrait of a young man living a dichotomous life in one of the world’s last remaining truly wild places.

Fractured Wilderness

Jonathan Deal is leading a concerted campaign against a fracking project that threatens the Karoo, where sparse desert and majestic mountains converge to create an agriculture heartland and flourishing wildlife reserves in South Africa.

Fishing Pono

FISHING PONO: LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THE SEA tells the story of Native Hawaiians on the island of Molokai who are using traditional conservation methods to restore their fishing grounds. Featuring life long fisherman Kelson ‘Mac’ Poepoe, and directed by award winning helmer Mary Lambert, FISHING PONO’s graphic images of the commercial exploitation of Pacific fisheries leaves no room for doubt that current practices are unsustainable and will leave nothing for future generations. Mr. Poepoe’s fishing conservation program on Molokai, based on historical practices, is an inspiring story of how one community turned the tide on a seemingly doomed resource.


Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.


Reynaldo lives in the Amazon Rainforest. He used to cut down trees and farm the land to survive. He learned the hard way that it was not a sustainable way to live. He saw his land turn barren and his crops die. Then he woke up. He changed the way he worked and began planting trees. Then he learned how to farm in balance with the forest. Now he travels all over the region helping others to do the same. Finally he sees the true beauty in the forest and the message it has to offer

Gregg Treinish: A Moveshake Story

gregg treinish
When asked how others could follow their passions for making change, Gregg Treinish simply replied:”Three seconds of courage..That’s all it takes”The thought of making positive change in this world is often followed by a frustrating and sometimes disheartening “How?” Gregg asked himself this same question for many years, until one day, at lunch with his friend Deia Scholsberg, it hit him. He had all the right tools, and was recently given a huge leg up in connections by being named an Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. Gregg combined his passion for adventure, his deep interest and education in wildlife biology, and three seconds of courage to found Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.A year of unpaid work and complete dedication was followed by a wave of support that is continuing to grow. The organization is becoming more and more successful through each expedition they connect a scientist to.Beneath the success, however, lies the reality of day to day life. In this story we hear how Gregg struggles to balance the responsibility he feels toward the environment with the relationships he holds dear. We’ll follow Gregg during one difficult expedition where he realizes that relationships are what give us the courage to make change in the first place.

Snows of the Nile

Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000m from the heart of Africa. At their summits are some of Earth’s only equatorial glaciers. But these “Mountains of the Moon,” whose existence caused a sensation in Europe when they were first climbed in 1906, are changing fast. Snows of the Nile follows two scientist/photographers on an ambitious expedition to re-capture historical glacier imagery from the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda. If they could retrace the steps of the Duke of Abruzzi’s legendary 1906 expedition and re-capture the famous glacier photographs taken by Vittorio Sella, they could visualize the impacts of a century of climate change.

A Life Well Lived

Legendary Mountaineer Jim Whittaker talks risk, beauty, and adventure on the 50th anniversary of his historic summit of Everest.