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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Bellingham residents will be treated to a selection of films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 8PM July 19 on the Fairhaven Village Green. 

The event is sponsored and hosted by CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of women filmmakers from all over the world. Admission is free and donations but appreciated.

 The evening starts at 8PM with activities and live music. Films start at 9PM (or shortly after as soon as it's dark enough). Total film runtime: One hour.

Wild Whatcom, a local non-profit working to foster life-long connections to nature, along with other local organizations, will provide information about outdoor adventure opportunities for children and families. Sweet Bellingham will be on hand with treats for purchase.

CASCADIA will screen six outdoor adventure-sport shorts film directed by women from Wild and Scenic Film Festival including: 

●     Sacred Strides—Southwest tribes come together to run in protest of federal action to open up sacred land to drilling. Directed by Anna Callaghan, Marie Sullivan, Forest Woodward. 

●     Super Stoked Surf Mamas—A group of moms-to-be decide to surf together through their pregnancy providing support and encouragement to one another and defying those who tell them they need to stop. With precaution and modifications, the women learn that they can continue the sport they love and the joy of being in the water almost right up to their due date. Set in Santa Cruz, CA. Directed by Elizabeth Pepin Silva.  

●     Blue—Set in Alaska, Blue is a fantastical journey into the imagination of a four-year-old girl growing up in Valdez, Alaska, fresh off training wheels, begins to push her boundaries and explore what’s possible on her bike. Her fantasy explores the mountains, glaciers and rivers of Valdez by fat bike with a crew of boundary-pushing female athletes. Directed by Aly Nicklas.  

●     The Arrowhead Traverse---A Minnesota family sets out to traverse the Arrowhead of Minnesota traveling from the Mississippi River to Lake Superior by bicycle, canoe, and foot; all with their 3-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter along for the adventure. Directed by Ruth Lencowski and Kristopher Lencowski. Film won the Kids Jury Award, 2019 Wild and Scenic Film Festival.  

●     In Perpetual Motion—Under the water, in the surf, on the mountain, through the desert, director Krystle Wright shows us through her lens what it is to capture those in motion.  

●     Journeying Out—Two Chinese boys from Beijing go on a paddling adventure down some of China’s rivers and tells us what those rivers mean to them. Directed by Meredith Meeks. 

Financial support for this event provided by Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Bellingham, Whatcom County with additional sponsorship from Birch Equipment. 

A complete list of film selections including updates will be listed on the CASCADIA website as well as CASCADIA’s  Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instagram.

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CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of women filmmakers, was formed in Bellingham, Washington, in 2015. CASCADIA will host its fourth annual independent film festival in Bellingham April 16-19 2020. The organization also works year-round to provide film production, exhibition and distribution education. More information about CASCADIA may be found on their website at www.cascadiafilmfest.org.

Earlier Event: July 15
Ladies Night Out - July
Later Event: August 2
Wild Things - August