University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Films from Wild and Scenic Festival to be shown in Bromeley

 Pitt-Bradford will celebrate Earth Day with a film festival on April 21 at the Bromeley Family Theater. Short films from the National Wild and Scenic Film Festival will be featured at the event.  

Wild and Scenic focuses on films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of the planet.

The film festival is free and open to the public.

To kick off the Earth Day celebration, participants can join in several hikes. Interested hikers should gather at the Marilla Reservoir parking lot at 9 a.m.

Doors to at the Bromeley Family Theater will open at 12:30 p.m. for the film festival. Twenty-eight films are on the schedule for this year’s event, beginning at 1:10 p.m. Several breaks throughout the day will allow time for discussion, food and live music from regional musicians, Stony and Company, Jim Ronan and Norman Folk.

Each attendant will receive a free raffle ticket giving him or her a chance to win the grand prize, a Trek 820 mountain bike, which is donated by sponsor Just Riding Along. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased to win other great prizes from national partners and area sponsors including Stoneman Guitars, the Sportsman’s Outlet and Zippo.

Three of the event’s highlight films are:

“The Water Tower” documents filmmaker Pete McBride and his climb to the top of Mount Kenya. Along with McBride, Challenge21 climber Jake Norton, and a team of local Kenyans and athletes make the journey. The mountain provides 70 percent of Kenya’s water supply, but that is changing due to retreating and vanishing glaciers. The goal of the expedition is to understand the 17,057-foot “Water Tower,” and to explore the transformation taking place. This film will be starting at 6 p.m., which leads up to the closing sequence of films.

Brower Youth Awards films are shown to honor the winners of The Earth Island Institute’s 2012 Brower Youth Awards, which is an award that recognizes the short films produced by young environmentalists who have dedicated their time to advocate for issues such as water conservation, health and well-being, and environmental awareness. This includes a series of four films beginning at 2:15 p.m.

In “Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution,” Janine Benyus, Time magazine’s “Hero of the Environment,” takes the audience on a journey to South Africa. She explores how organisms in nature can provide answers to promote sustainability for both scientists and business leaders. This film will begin at 5 p.m., and it is followed by a discussion and intermission break.

The event is made possible through the efforts of the hosting organization: Allegheny Defense Project; and co-hosts Pitt Bradford Environmental Studies Club, Bradford Earth Day, and the Pitt-Bradford Sustainability Committee. National partners include The South Yuba River Citizens League, Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Osprey Packs, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and Mother Jones and regional sponsors and participants include the Allegheny National Firefly Festival Partnership, Just Riding Along, Zippo, the Sportsman’s Outlet, the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Conscious Corner, Tuna Valley Trails Association, and many more.

For more information contact Steve Robar at robar@pitt.edu or Cathy Pedler at cathy.pedler@gmail.com.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Service at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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