WNC Alliance hosts 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Western North Carolina Alliance is hosting the traveling 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, stopping in Asheville and Cullowhee in April.

The festival has been touring the country for nearly a decade and this year will be in downtown Asheville at the Fine Arts Theatre on April 4 and at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee on April 25.

The festival features a selection of 14 short films that feature environmental work in action. The hope is the films will “serve to remind us that we’re participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world,” according to the WNC Alliance press release. The local environmental nonprofit also wants the event to serve as a membership drive, noting that it’s “a festival by activists and for activists.”

Here are the details, as well as trailers for a pair of the featured films

When: 7-10 p.m., Thursday, April 4
Where: Downtown Asheville
Theater: Fine Arts Theatre
Details: Free raffle ticket with entry, door prizes, food and drinks available for purchase, speakers. Raffle prizes include rafting trips, CSA shares and more!

When: 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, April 25
Where: Western Carolina University
Theater: Illusions Cafe at A.K Hinds University Center
Details: Live music, food and drinks and raffle items

Students, $6; General Public; $10 (includes general admission ticket and free raffle entry)
WNCA special membership offer:

Students, $10; General Public, $25 (includes general admission ticket, free raffle entry, and a one-year membership to WNCA)

Tickets for both showings will be available at the door, but can also be purchased for the Asheville showing here.

Carbon For Water

Trailer for Carbon For Water from Vestergaard Frandsen on Vimeo.

Synopsis: Life is precious. Water shouldn’t be. In Western Province, Kenya, women and girls spend long hours fetching dirty water and firewood to boil the water to make it safe to drink. Cholera, typhoid, and other waterborne disease threaten the lives and livelihoods of whole communities unlucky enough to have only dirty water to drink. Vestergaard Frandsen distributed nearly 900,000 water filters across the province, but it wasn’t charity, it was smart business. Watch what happens when four million Kenyans have access to clean water in their homes and how it impacts their lives, especially of women and girls.



OF SOULS + WATER: THE TEASER from NRS Films on Vimeo.

Synopsis: 5 films. 5 stories. 5 portraits of the human experience. All bound together by water.


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