2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, June 1st

PNC Theatre at Pittsburgh Playhouse

Doors open at 6pm, Program at 7pm
Tickets available day of AT THE DOOR



Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is excited to announce that we will again be partnering with Allegheny CleanWays to host the 5th Annual Pittsburgh Wild & Scenic Film Festival presented by SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizens League).

Join us starting at 6pm to interact with regional nonprofit organizations, learning about issues relating to litter, river health, air quality, and more. Sign up with these organizations as a volunteer to actively support their initiatives and keep Southwestern PA healthy, lively, and beautiful!

Films will begin screening at 7pm and will feature three locally produced short films that highlight environmental issues in our region along with eight national films that combine inspirational and beautiful film making with pressing environmental issues to inspire action across the nation to protect the environment. From coast to coast, citizens are inspired to get outdoors and explore the environment around them and positively impact their communities and the environment in which they live.

We’ll continue the festivities next door to the Playhouse at Forbes Tavern at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival After Party from 9pm – 11pm. Sample Straub Brewery’s best beers and enjoy tasty bites while you chat with local film makers and nonprofit organizations about their work! With your After Party ticket, you’ll be entered into a drawing for fun prizes!

Click on the boxes below for more information, including previews from some of the films that will be screened at this year’s festival.

Join us on June 1st for an inspiring night at the movies!

2019 Sponsors

After Party Sponsors

Media Sponsors





Purchase Tickets


General Admission – $25

After Party – $10

2019 Film Highlights


Superfund: Tailing History

Twelve Point Park University students travel to Montana to film the ongoing clean-up of the Upper Clark Fork River. After years of copper milling left the river polluted with toxic waste biproduct, local environmentalists discuss their fight to secure federal government cleanup funds through the “Superfund” Act – and what protecting this river looks like in the decades to come. Pennsylvania currently hosts 127 active and proposed Superfund sites.

Point Park University Student Filmmakers:

  • Rebecca Lessner, B.A. in photojournalism and M.A. in media communication
  • Ashley Murray, B.A. in broadcasting and M.A. in media communication
  • Megan Bixler, B.A. in photojournalism
  • Adamnh Chelosky, B.A. in multimedia
  • Lauren Clouser, B.A. in multimedia
  • Gracey Evans, B.A. in photojournalism
  • Hannah Lapiska, B.A. in journalism
  • Elena Shahen, B.A. in mass communication
  • Briana Walton, B.A. in photojournalism
  • Derek Watson, B.A. in multimedia
  • Morgan Willis, B.S. in biological sciences
  • Zach Shahen, B.A. in mass communication


Sustainability Pioneers: Finding our Power 

Following the 2017 decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, Pittsburgh joined other cities in formulating its own climate resiliency response. Finding Our Power, an installment of the Sustainability Pioneers short documentary series, explores how net-zero buildings like the Frick Environmental Center and other local actions can bring us out of “climate melancholia” to create real impact. 

Filmmaker: Kirsi Jansa




Clay Bolt

Clay Bolt, a photographer for World Wildlife Fund, asks us to stop and enjoy the little things in life. Stunningly capturing the beetles, butterflies, and bees, Clay Bolt reminds us to protect not just the large beasts but the 99% of life on earth that is smaller than your finger.


Climbing Out of Disaster

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a group of Puerto Rican climbers took their outdoor sporting skills and turned them into a humanitarian response effort. Climbing Out of Disaster reminds us that, in our rapidly changing world, all of our talents are needed to achieve positive climate action.


Greenland Melts

Dr. Konrad Steffen has been tracking the melting of the Greenlandic Ice Sheet for over 25 years. This researcher, whose work inspired Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and its sequel, reveals alarming updated findings on glacial melt and its accelerating impacts on our world.




The After Party

Join us next door at Forbes Tavern for the Film Fest After Party!

Time: 9pm – 11pm

Address: 310 Forbes Ave (immediately next door to the Playhouse)

Tickets: $10

Details: Hang out with PRC and Allegheny CleanWays! Enjoy complimentary beer tastings and light bites from Straub Brewery while you chat with local filmmakers and nonprofit organizations about their work. Top off the night with samples of Wigle Whiskey’s Threadbare ciders and win fun door prizes!