I want to be a vegan. I also want to be a bird biologist who goes spelunking in Patagonia while fly fishing in Russia as a hobby, all the while surfing alongside wild salmon. Sound crazy? This was just a small part of my time at the 9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA this weekend.
This film festival, of which Osprey Packs is a national sponsor, claims to have films that change the way you view the world. For me, that was definitely the case. As a first timer to this film festival I was not sure what to expect. Although I definitely care about the planet and try to do what I can to protect it, I do not consider myself much of an activist or even an environmentalist, so I was skeptic as to how I could relate to these films so passionate about causes and ultimately saving our planet.
Each film I saw affected me in such a different way. I found amazement in how crows, that many have perceived as a nuisance and a somewhat annoying creature, are one of the smartest animals I’ve encountered. I cringed at the film Into Darkness as my claustrophobia struck while I watched the cavers squeeze into the tiniest spaces I could never imagine fitting through. The Fishman left me wanting more as he effortlessly swam, well, like a fish. I found a deep connection to the women fly fishers as to how they related fishing to relationships.
Ride A Wave was a short eight minute film that struck deep into my heart as I saw pro surfers take the time to give children with emotional and physical disabilities the opportunity to get on a surf board. I was awed at the dramatic scenery of Patagonia in the Rios Libres film Power in the Pristine as they are trying to protect some of our very last untouched places and keep Patagonia wild. And how can I forget the wild Snake River Salmon which swim 900 miles inland and climb almost 7,000 feet just to reach their spawning grounds, now that is a great migration!
These are only just a few of the many films that touched my heart. If you’ve never been to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival please check it out, and you can see most of the films from SYRCL, or check out the festival on tour.
As for being a vegan we will see how that goes, I think it is going to take a few baby steps, but, after all, when trying to save the environment a good place to start is small.