Film Festival Success!

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on March 20, 2017

PRC and Allegheny CleanWays were proud to partner with Chatham University to host the 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival to a SOLD OUT house!

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festival and stopped in Pittsburgh on March 9 as part of its nationwide tour to showcase environmental films that inspire action.

PRC and Allegheny CleanWays were joined by hundreds of local community members for an amazing night of award-winning films, local raffle prizes, sustainable beer, and volunteer opportunities. The films were the centerpiece of the Festival, featuring stories of individuals exploring the outdoors, communities coming together to protect their local wild spaces, and how consumers can make real and positive impact on the world.

The house was packed with 300 change-makers learning about environmental and health issues facing the region and the planet. Festival-goers ranged from high school students to seasoned veterans of the environmental movement, which ignited positive dialogue about current issues facing the environment. The film festival featured films on topics ranging from the impacts of the existing US-Mexico border wall on indigenous species, the importance of the “Fair Trade” label, and adventurers exploring the American Southwest and the worlds highest peaks!

Dozens of attendees signed up to volunteer to clean up illegal dumpsites and enable the recycling of materials such as televisions, paints, pharmaceuticals and more! This boost in volunteers will enable PRC and Allegheny CleanWays to be even more effective in protecting Southwestern Pennsylvania’s environment in 2017!

Initially a project of SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League), the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival works to combine beautiful and moving filmmaking and environmental issues to inspire citizens across the nation to protect the environment and take action for our local and global communities.  Since 2003, the festival has evolved into the largest environmental film festival in the nation, with the event kicking off each January in California.  This year the nationwide tour to 150+ cities – from Alaska to Alabama – stopped in Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 9th, 2017.

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