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May 4, 2012 (Julian) – Through the beauty of films celebrating the environment, the Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival promises to inspire activism and appreciation for the natural word. 

This weekend's May 5-6 festival in Julian, a historic gold rush mountain town, brings touring films from the famed Nevada City Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The fun debuts with a party tonight and another Saturday featuring lively tunes of Grand Canyon Sundown. Hikes on Volcan Mountain and in Santa Ysabel Preserve are also planned, as well as award-winning films, a non-fiction filmmakers workshop, and guest speakers.

Film highlights include Connecting the Gems, which tracks two National Geographic Adventures of the Year on a 520 mile trek through the Rockies’ premier wildlife corridors.  Chasing Water, winner of  Best Environmental Film and Best Documentary at other film fests, traces a Colorado watershed from river to the sea. 

Cold (warning, strong language), named Best Climbing Film at Banff Mountain Film Festival, profiles a mountain climber in Pakistan during winter.

Several youth award winning films include the video series Surfing for Change, Junior Walk, and Rhannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva.  Themes range from the plight of coal communities in West Virginia to activism by two Girl Scouts seeking to remove palm oil from cookies after learning its link to destruction of orangutang habitat.

Other films address topics ranging from climate change to African exploration, from sea farming to farm life, from battles to halt pollution to efforts to restore the bald eagle to the Channel Islands.  The settings range from domestic to exotic, ie The Wolf and the Medallion takes you on a filim journey to an unexplored canyon on the China-Mongolia border.

A total of 24 films will be screened which organizers hope will “inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.”

Advance tickets are $35 for the weekend pass and $12 for a single day; ticket sales during the festival cost $40 for the weekend pas and $15 single day.  Parties are free with a weekend pass, or buy individual party tickets for $7 Friday, $10 Saturday.

For more information, visit  For a full schedule of events, click here. Be sure to tell them you heard about the festival on East County Magazine! 


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