Wild & Scenic Film Fest expands to two locations
4th annual event features films that inspire environmental activism
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Contact: Woodie Walker
E-mail: woodie.walker @riverfriends.org
Phone: (540) 373-3448 x. 117
FREDERICKSBURG – There aren’t many empty seats at Friends of the Rappahannock’s (FOR) annual environmental film festival, so this year the Fredericksburg-based environmental non-profit has expanded to two dates and two locations.
The group’s 4th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival kicks off Saturday, March 21, at Paragon Village 12 Theaters off Route 3 in Fredericksburg. According to FOR Development Director Katie Abel, the festival’s theme is, “A Wild Life,” and features nearly 20 inspirational films with titles like “Monarchs and Milkweed” and “High Altitude Fish Hunters.” Most are about 10 minutes in length, and intended to raise environmental awareness and serve as a call to action.
On Sunday, April 12, the festival will move to the Daniel Technology Center on the Germanna Community College campus in Culpeper. “Our Fredericksburg festival draws more than 300 attendees each year,” said FOR Executive Director Kathleen Harrigan. “We recognized that people really enjoy this event, so we partnered with Piedmont Environmental Council, Trout Unlimited, and Germanna Community College to make it more accessible for folks in the upper portion of the river, as well.”
Doors open for the Fredericksburg festival at 8 a.m., with movies starting at 8:50 and running until about noon. The Culpeper showing begins at 1 p.m. and will end about 4 p.m. Vendors will be on hand at both events to promote local businesses and other nonprofit partners in the region. There will also be drawings for door prizes.
Tickets for both events are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.riverfriends.org. Look for the event calendar in the lower, right-hand side of the website. Keep a sharp eye on our facebook page for the chance to win free tickets!
At the conclusion of each film festival, FOR will present a special showing of its award-winning documentary, “Rappahannock,” produced and directed by Oscar-nominee Bayley Silleck of Fredericksburg. This 40-minute film highlights the history of the Rappahannock River and the challenges it faces in the 21st century.
For more information, call (540) 373-3448 or e-mail email@example.com