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April 28, 2012 (Julian) -- Awe-inspiring footage, amazing adventures, terrible tragedy, and incredible people all rolled up into Julian’s first ever film festival, The Wild and Scenic on Tour. The event, slated for May 4 - 6, 2012, is a benefit for Volcan Mountain Foundation.  


The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held each January for the past 10 years in Nevada City, California.  Wild and Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. 

“Films featured at Wild and Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager, Lori Van Laanen. “When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference. Come watch and see!”
The festival is a natural extension of Volcan Mountain Foundation’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment.
The festival kicks off Friday evening, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. with live music from Highwire at the Wynola Marketplace.  The public is invited to come enjoy the music, mingle with filmmakers and filmgoers, and learn about the films.
Five hours of films will be shown in Town Hall and Julian Elementary on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The same program will repeat in the same locations on Sunday allowing weekend filmgoers to take guided hikes on Volcan mountains or attend workshops ranging from environmental concerns to nature photography. 
Saturday evening Town Hall hosts the lively sound of Grand Canyon Sundown where attendees can meet the filmmakers and special guests
while enjoying local beer,wine and h’orderves.  
The festival is excited to announce that filmmakers Ben Stookesberry, director  of “Kadoma” ,Susan Edwards, director of “Marion Stoddart, The Work of 1,000,” and Kevin White, director of “Return Flight” will be attending and discussing their films during the festival weekend.
“Kadoma”, which has one several awards including Best Film on Exploration and Adventure at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and Most Inspiring Film at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, is the longest film in the festival but also contains the most suspense, insane footage, and the most tragic ending of all the films. “Kadoma” follows three kayakers–Chris Korbulic, Ben Stookesberry, and Hendri Coetzee–as they journey through Africa with hopes of riding the whitewater of the Lukuga River in the Congo.  The film documents their journey with stunning footage of their rides through some of the most sinister water on earth; where crocodiles and hippos reign and the water is so violent few would ever survive a bad spill.
Susan Edwards’ film, “Marion Stoddart: The work of 1,000” parallels the journey of two characters: one a young woman discouraged at her future as a suburban housewife, the other a river — one beautiful and teeming with wildlife — now a hopeless, toxic sludge pit. Chronicling an important episode in U.S. environmental history, this inspirational story examines the human side of acclaimed environmental pioneer Marion Stoddart who proved that with vision and commitment, an “ordinary” person can accomplish extraordinary things.
Marion Stoddart also has a surprising relationship with  Julian! She writes: “I have a special connection with Julian and surroundings. I worked as a Teacher-Counselor at Camp Cuyamaca in Descanso. CA in 1952.Camp  Cuyamaca was one of the first pioneer school conservation camps in the United States.  At that time, every child in the 6th grade in San Diego County attended Camp Cuyamaca for one school week.  While at Cuyamaca, another teacher-counselor and I rode our bikes from Cuyamaca to Julian.  It was a beautiful ride - lots of hills (mountains?) and apple orchards!”
Kevin White’s film, “Return Flight” tells the story of the bald eagle, once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, a group of islands just off the coast of Southern California. Then in the early 60¹s the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. This short film chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists and their partners has been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands. 
Tickets may be purchased through the festival website, www.julianfilmfestival.com or in person at the festival headquarters, downstairs of Julian Town Hall May 4- 6.
ADVANCED TICKET SALE PRICES:  One day festival pass (films only) $12.00; 3 day festival pass including films Saturday, Sunday, both Friday and Saturday evening events, workshops and guided hikes:  $35.00. 
DAY OF TICKET SALE PRICES:  One day festival pass (films only) $15.00; 3 day festival pass including films Saturday, Sunday, Friday and Saturday evening events, workshops and guided hikes:  $40.00; Friday night party (without festival pass):  $7.00 Saturday night party (without festival pass):  $10.00.
For tickets or more information please call 760 - 239- 6651 or go to


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