Wild & Scenic

KEA’s 5th Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is an annual fundraiser for KEA and a call to action for our members and supporters of climate action and resiliency. 

These beautiful films are inspirational – watch our program of films chosen for their environmental themes that mirror the issues we face in North Idaho and you’ll want to get out there and do something significant.

Start by donating to KEA and supporting our mission to
Conserve, Protect, and Restore.

Thank you and Enjoy!

Bee Box (2 min)

This is a story of contemporary agriculture and a need for change, as told by a bee and its box.

Biodynamic Agriculture: Farming in Service of Life (5 min)

Biodynamic farming is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to agriculture, gardening, food, and nutrition. Biodynamic farming is regenerative farming; going above and beyond organic farming to help heal the planet. In this film, a few voices of Biodynamics share their view of the beautiful harmonies that exist within nature and how following Biodynamic practices can heal the land, influence our food systems and, in turn, nourish our health.

From Kurils With Love (24 min)

Vladimir, a scrappy but aging Russian marine mammal biologist, unexpectedly hitch hikes aboard a boat filled with adventure photographers out of a desperate need to return to his science monitoring stations. His boat, 2 weeks prior, was lost to the explosion of the Raikoke volcano. He is on a mission to help fulfill his quest to understand and protect the Kuril Islands before his age fails him, and so together the team sets out in one of the most remote and inaccessible volcanic island chains in the world to help Vladimir.

A Mother’s Love (3 min)

In 2020, life came to a grinding halt. Hopefully, in the resultant silence we are able to hear that our planet’s whispers have become screams. A Mother’s Love, a spoken word piece by actor and activist Lena Georgas and brought to life with the help of director Greg Yaitanes and the musical creations of Bill Barclay, gives voice to those hopes.

Resilience is in our Nature (2 min)

A snapshot of the Portland, Oregon community during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter uprising, Resilience Is In Our Nature captures resilience that can be found within us and around us. Whether it’s putting a mask on and enjoying outside, learning how to thrive and grow in quarantine, maintaining balance physically and mentally in nature, or a small business adapting and staying afloat – this film centers the fabric of what makes Oregon’s neighborhoods, cities, and state a special place to live.

Still River, Silent Jungle (10 min)

In this environmental short film, indigenous activist Ruth Alipaz Cuqui guides us through her inner struggle of embracing the limelight in order to protect her river and people. There is still time to stop the Chepete-Bala mega dam proposals before they are built, and Ruth has no intention of giving up.

Strike with Us (2 min)

Nine year old Hawkeye Huey has been hearing a lot about climate change and the climate crisis we are facing, and it’s freaking him out! He – and every other child – has the right to a safe environment. This film was built to help support and drive attention to the ongoing Youth Climate Strikes happening around the world demanding action from our politicians. If you are freaked out too, then join us, and students around the world, in this fight.

The Crown (4 min)

In The Crown, thru hiker, veteran, and Merrell Ambassador Will “Akuna” Robinson completes the Triple Crown of Hiking: the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. This film shares Robinson’s thoughts on this incredible achievement that made him the first African American male on record to complete the Triple Crown of Hiking. Robinson is known within the hiking community for inspiring others to take their first step to get out on the trail and experience the power it brings.

Water Flows Together (11 min)

Through the voice of Colleen Cooley, one of the few female Diné (Navajo) river guides on the San Juan River, Water Flows Together elevates the importance of acknowledging Indigenous land in outdoor recreation. The film is a meditation on the challenges Colleen and her community have faced, the kinship she has with the San Juan River, and the unique opportunities her role as a river guide affords as she seeks to create positive change.

Born From Junk (15 min)

Tracing the outlaw roots of mountain biking back to its raw beginnings in Crested Butte, Born From Junk follows a crew of unlikely pioneers in pursuit of wild times in the mountains which then blossomed into a global phenomenon.

Common Ground (10 min)

Conservation isn’t always the common thread between the tribes, ranchers, and government. This film shows how water can bring opposing interests towards finding a Common Ground.

Blooming Culture: The Story of a Canoe and the Confluence of Cultures (10 min)

Fourth-grade students from Palouse Prairie Charter School (PPCS) in Idaho share their experience building Blooming Culture, a canoe that combines European and Indigenous styles. Students and traditional canoe families paddle together to acknowledge the colonization of indigenous peoples and celebrate our hopes for a continued confluence of cultures.

Thank you to our sponsors!