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Wild & Scenic Film Festival LogoThank you for a great 10th Anniversary Wild & Scenic Film Festival!!


Save the Date for 2018’s Film Fest: Saturday, November 3, 2018


When: Saturday, November 4, 2017

VIP 10th Anniversary Reception with O’Chang Studios begins at 2 p.m. (Doors for the reception will open at 1:45 p.m.)

Wild & Scenic Film Festival doors open at 3 p.m.. Arrive early to get a good seat. We will offer food, snacks, cash bar, a raffle.

Wild & Scenic films begin at 4 p.m.

Films end at 7 p.m.

Where: University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford Street, Portland

Free Parking: Free parking for this event is available in the USM parking garage. The parking garage is the best place to park on the campus. The entrance and exit gates are open for free parking and no tickets are dispensed. The entrance to the parking garage is near the Bedford St. skywalk.

Bring Cash: There will be a cash bar and raffle tickets for sale.


We look forward to seeing you at our 10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

Friends of Casco Bay is delighted to host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center for the 10th year! Wild & Scenic is a festival with a purpose as we bring together story-tellers and stories that reflect a love and appreciation for the natural world. The Festival is a benefit for Friends of Casco Bay’s work to keep Casco Bay blue.

We expect this year’s films will make this a great event for children 10 and up, as well as adults.


NEW THIS YEAR: Buy a VIP ticket and join us at the 10th Anniversary Reception with O’Chang Studios

As we celebrate our 10th year hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, we invite you to join us at a special reception with O’Chang Studios, an award-winning, Maine-based animation team led by Hanji Chang and Andy O’Brien. O’Chang Studios uses humor and serious science to tell stories on how our environment is changing. At the reception, Hanji and Andy will share their storytelling process through a pecha kucha-style slideshow. We will show one of their films and offer a question and answer session so we all can learn more about how they approach their work. The reception will also feature a cash bar and free snacks.

The 10th Anniversary Reception will be fun and informative and will give us all added insight as we watch the films chosen for this year’s Festival. VIP tickets allow you to pick out the best seats in the house as the Reception will take place from 2 to 3 p.m., immediately prior to the opening of the Film Festival. Doors for the reception will open at 1:45 p.m.


Tickets sell out early! Buy yours today:

VIP Package—includes Film Festival AND reception with O’Chang Studios (2 to 7 p.m.): $50

Film Festival only, in advance (3-7 p.m.): $30

Film Festival only, at the door (3-7 p.m.): $35





Double your support of Friends of Casco Bay

We also offering an opportunity to double your support for Friends of Casco Bay through a matching gift opportunity. A generous Friend of the Bay, Eddie Woodin, has offered a $5,000 matching challenge to us through the Festival. By making a donation between now and the Film Festival, your support will be matched! Double your impact by making a donation to support our work. We send a big Thank you to Eddie Woodin of Woodin & Company for Matching Challenge!


NEW THIS YEAR: Grand Drawing

In addition to the wonderful raffle packages we have offered in years past, we will also be holding a Grand Drawing for four incredible prizes: a week stay at a waterfront condo in beautiful Bonaire in the Southern Caribbean [valued at $1,500], a new hand-made wooden kayak [valued at $2,000], a gently used and beautifully kept hand-made wooden kayak [valued at $2,000], and a beautiful 48” by 36” painting by Philip Barter, “Seal Hunter, Gotthab, Fjord” [valued at $3,800]. We’ll post here when tickets for this special drawing  are available. Unlike our raffle at the Film Festival, you do not need to be present to win the Grand Drawing prizes.

To learn how the Wild & Scenic Film Festival got started visit SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour information page.



Thank you to our generous sponsors:









IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
LT’s, Inc.
Oakhurst Dairy
Woodard & Curran, Inc.
Bath Savings Institution
BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
Brunswick Dental Health Associates
Coffee By Design, Inc.
Dufour Tax Group, LLC
East Coast Yacht Sales
KMA Human Resources Consulting, LLC
Poole Group of Companies
Yarmouth Boat Yard
Bayview Rigging & Sails
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Clark Insurance
Plimsoll Mark Capital
Pratt Abbott
RBC Wealth Management
ReVision Energy
Scott Simons Architects LLC
Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc
Smithwick & Mariners Insurance. Inc
Friends of Peary’s Eagle Island
Water Resource Protection, City of South Portland


This year’s films will be:

Pale Blue Dot Chin Li Zhi, Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos through an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth. (Singapore, 2014, 4 min)

Yellowstone’s Northern Range Steven M. Bumgardner, The Northern Range is the hub of wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. Occupying just 10 percent of the park, it is winter range for the largest elk herd in Yellowstone and is arguably the most carnivore-rich area in North America. Early predator removal changed the ecosystem and restoration of carnivores has had significant and unexpected impacts on the habitat. (USA, 2016, 6 min)

Canyon Song Dana Romanoff, Amy Marquis, A Navajo family balances modern life with the traditional “Navajo Way,” teaching their children their language, culture, and ceremony within the sacred walls of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. This is the second film in the National Park Experience film series. Best Shorts Competition, Award of Merit, Native American/ Aboriginal Peoples (USA, 2016, 14 min)

A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Neil Losin, Morgan Heim, Clay Bolt, Nathan Dappen Everyone has heard about bee declines, but with so much attention focused on domesticated honeybees, someone has to speak up for the 4,000 species of native bees in North America. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt is on a multi-year quest to tell the stories of our native bees, and one elusive species – the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee – has become his white whale. Winner, G2 Green Earth FF (USA, 2016, 19 min)

Diversity & Inclusion in our Wild Places Jason Fitzpatrick A campfire discussion on improving the diversity of both the visitation and the employment within our parks and wild spaces happened last May in Yosemite National Park. A gathering of extraordinary people from non-profit agencies, land management bureaus and those involved in the movement to encourage more people of color to visit and seek careers in the outdoors brings light to important issues facing today’s conservation movement and outdoor recreation. (8 min)

One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts Peter Byck, Hal Honigsberg, Todd Johnson and FlexiP, Ming Tai, Jim and Paula Crown Director Peter Byck’s short film One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris’s evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to, as Will says, the industrialization of agriculture. (USA, 2016, 15 min)

Last Dragon The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders
Jeremy Monroe, David Herasimtschuk An intimate glimpse at North America’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality…. and in many waters, myths are all that remain of these stream-dwelling sentinels. (2015, 10 min)

Think Like A Scientist Boundaries Neil Losin, Nathan Dappen, Day’s Edge Productions Humans construct boundaries — around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations — to bring order to a chaotic world. But we rarely consider how these boundaries affect other creatures. Meet conservation photographer Krista Schlyer, who has spent the last seven years documenting the environmental effects of the U.S./Mexico border wall, and biologist Jon Beckmann, who studies how man-made barriers influence the movement of wildlife. Schlyer and Beckmann have seen damaging impacts of the border wall firsthand, but they remain optimistic. Humans probably won’t stop constructing walls and fences any time soon, but planning our boundaries with wildlife in mind can help prevent these structures from causing environmental harm. Winner, Jackson Hole Science Media Awards (USA, 2016, 7 min)

Writing on Stone Sean Thonson, Tim Case, Charles Salice, Rita LeRoux, Sharron Toews, Steven Green, Daniel Luna, Supply & Demand This short film presents a portrait of Treffrey Deerfoot, a venerated elder in the Siksika Tribe in Alberta, Canada, and explores his efforts through ceremonial dance, sacred singing, and traditional storytelling to keep this proud heritage alive for his people today. Best Doc, Wimbledon Intl FF (Canada, 2015, 7 min)

The Secrets Held in Ice Loïc Fontimpe Follow the adventure of the pioneer glaciologist Claude Lorius who, in 1956, when he was still a young student, left to study Antarctica. This life experience teaches him the principles of survival and solidarity, and reveals to him his vocation: Claude will be a glaciologist. Convinced that the ices contain important information for the understanding of our planet’s climatic history, he will continue his research without respite for 30 years. Only then, does the ice reveal an unexpected message. Climate Award, Festival “Le Temps Presse”; Young Public Award, Short Movies Fest Courtivores (France, 2015, 14 min)

Iran A Skier’s Journey Jordan Manley, Narrows Media Cautioned not to travel to Iran, Chad Sayers and Forrest Coots decide to go, regardless. They immediately find comfort in Tehran’s bustling bazaars, Isfahan’s dazzling mosques, and the powder filled slopes of the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges, topping 3,000m. It is a culture not easily understood, but profoundly welcoming. As journalist Elaine Sciolino writes, Iran can be dazzling, and light-filled, a reflection of its complexities; but it can also be cold, confusing, and impenetrable. Yet they are reminded, as Pico Lyer writes, to learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. (Canada, 2016, 13 min)

Super Salmon Ryan Peterson Proponents of a plan to construct a $5.2-billion hydroelectric mega-dam on Alaska’s Susitna River say it wouldn’t affect the watershed’s famous salmon runs because of its location – upstream of where fish usually swim. Tell that to the Super Salmon. People’s Choice, Port Townsend FF; Special Jury Mention, Banff Mountain FF (USA, 2016, 25 min)

To learn how the Wild & Scenic Film Festival got started visit SYRCL’s (South Yuba River Citizens League) Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour information page.