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Yadkin Riverkeeper’s Clean Water Weekend Brings Nation’s Largest Environmental Film Festival to Winston Salem

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Aug. 21, 2014. Yadkin Riverkeeper’s First Annual Clean Water Weekend is on deck to bring the nation’s largest environmental film festival of its kind – The Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour – to Winston-Salem from Sept. 26-28.

The weekend, presented by Indera Mills, features 31 films that will be shown at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and a/perture cinema on Friday and Saturday as a benefit that helps to fund the programs of Yadkin Riverkeeper. A river clean-up paddling event will be held on Sunday in celebration of World Rivers Day. The weekend is made possible with support in part from the John W. and Anna H. Foundation; and by national sponsors including the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Clif Bar, Patagonia, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Mother Jones, Klean Kanteen, Orion Magazine and Waterkeeper Alliance. Tickets are priced from $15 to $26 (children under age 12 admitted free) and may be purchased ad YadkinRiverkeeper.org.

During the festival, you will witness some of the most powerful environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty and the challenges facing our planet.

“We are excited to bring this internationally recognized celebration of nature’s beauty to Winston-Salem for the first time,” said Terri Pratt, operations director of Yadkin Riverkeeper.

“We’ve Specifically selected films that are related to fishing and water preservation in the hopes of inspiring people to join our movement to protect the Yadkin River. During each session, there are films that everyone will enjoy, but if you have children, you won’t want to miss the 4:30 p.m. session at SECCA with entertaining films for the younger crowd.”

Over the course of Clean Water Weekend, films will be show in two 1.5 hour increments at each venue, with a half-hour intermission between each viewing session. Tickets are sold for each 1.5 hour increment.

Clean Water Weekend kicks of on Friday, Sept. 26 at SECCA. Yadkin Riverkeeper invites you to come early and enjoy beer from Sierra Nevada and Foothills Brewing, local wine and the best local food trucks. Films on Friday include:


  • I Am Red by Pete McBride
  • Carbon for Water by Evan Ambramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson
  • Beyond Reclaimed by James ‘Q’ Martin, Chris Cresci, and John Tveten
  • Streams of Consequence by James Q Martin and Chris Kasar
  • FISHING PONO: Living In Harmony with the Seaby Mary Lambert and Teresa Tico


  • Water & Wood by David Herasimtschuk
  • Fighting For the Futaleufú by Stephanie Haig and Darrell Lorentzen
  • Powell to Powell: Portraits of the Upper CO by Will Stauffer-Norris, Zak Podmore, David Spiegel and Carson McMurray
  • Tailings by Sam Price-Waldman
  • The Strong People by Heather Hoglund and Matt Lowe

On Saturday afternoon, the festival moves downtown Winston-Salem to a/perture cinema for a series of matinee films:

SATURDAY a/perture SESSION 1 – 12:00 to 1:30PM: 

  • Paramos: Water for Life by John Martin
  • The New Environmentalist: Marshland Dreams by John Antonelli, Andrew Black and Todd Miro
  • Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
  • Sacred Headwaters by Paul Colangelo
  • Damocracy by Todd Southgate, Tolga Temuge and Doga Dernegi

SATURDAY a/perture SESSION 2 – 2:00PM to 3:30PM

  • Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia by Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk
  • A Changing Delta by Andrew Quinn
  • Tahoe Time by Justin Majeczky
  • Long Live the King by Cory Luoma
  • Not Yet Begun to Fight by Shasta Grenier and Sabrina Lee

Saturday late afternoon kicks off with a series of films for children and families; and in the evening, concludes with some of the most riveting and award-winning films of the festival:



  • Two Laps by Owen Trevor
  • Mr. Smith’s Peach Seeds by Stewart Copeland
  • An Inconvenient Youth by Slater Jewell-Kemker
  • Who Rules the Earth? by Paul Steinberg and 11 students at CalArts
  • Yukon Kings by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
  • Haiti: Frame of Mind Expedition by Jenny Nichols


  • Walk on Water by Andy Maser
  • Down the Line by Francois-Xavier De Ruydts
  • Glacier Caves by Ed Jahn, Amelia Templeton, Andy Maser, Steve Amen, Hayden Peters, Katie Campbell and Todd Sonflieth
  • Snows of the Nile by Nathan Dappen and Neil Losin
  • Cascada by Anson Fogel and Shannon Ethridge

Sunday is the Yadkin River Clean-up and Celebration Party for World Rivers Day! The river clean-up paddling event kicks off at 10 AM at Crater Park. The 5.7 mile paddle ends in Mitchell River.  “There can’t be a better way to conclude the weekend and celebrate World River’s Day than with a fun clean-up paddle down the river. Anyone can paddle the Yadkin! Plus, it gets you out on a scenic part of the river to enjoy all that it has to offer.” Following clean-up, join the World Rivers Day Celebration at Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery, North Carolina’s first certified organic winery, where you will find food, bluegrass music and fellowship in celebration of clean water. There is no cost to paddle and the party is free, however, all paddlers must register at YadkinRiverkeeper.org.

SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.  a/perture cinema is located at 311 W 4th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Tickets may be purchased at YadkinRiverkeeper.org.

About Yadkin Riverkeeper

Yadkin Riverkeeper is a non-profit member organization that seeks to respect, protect, and improve the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, advocacy, and action.  Yadkin Riverkeeper is funded by individuals and foundations who share its commitment to creating a clean and healthy river that sustains life and is cherished by its people.  Yadkin Riverkeeper is also a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, which connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to provide a united voice and to champion clean water issues around the world. WEB: www.yadkinriverkeeper.org.

About The Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), in 2003. Over the past 10 years it has evolved into the largest environmental film festival of its kind in the nation. The annual event each January in Nevada City, CA, kicks-off the nationwide tour to over 100 cities. The 2014 theme of The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is “emPOWERment.” Power. Energy. Empowerment. The Festival features films, art and workshops that explore where it comes from (the good and the not so good), what it takes to maintain our current system, the cost it is having on our environment, and what are some new ways of harnessing energy that are sustainable. The subject of energy combined with the human spirit of positivity and inspiration that the film festival imbues, led us to our festival theme. Change makers are rethinking how we inhabit our planet, and so can you, at the 12th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Now the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the theme of “emPOWERment”. Wild and Scenic Film Festival informs, inspires and ignites solutions, and creates positive probabilities to restore the earth and human communities. Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California. Now known as “the next Sundance” the Wild and Scenic experience proves the power of film and passion.