Palos Verdes Land Conservancy’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Palos Verdes Land Conservancy’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Palos Verdes home owners have two opportunities to see the Wild & Scenic Film Festival which began in 1983, and is considered to be the largest film festival of its kind in the United States.  This series will be presented at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, and at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater.  The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has selected a group of 15 adventurous and inspirational films about nature which will thrill all ages and inspire new ideas and awareness. The series will be showing beautiful cinematography and some remarkable individuals whose passion is contagious.  The selections will help to encourage a worldwide interest in land conservation.

The following films are being shown:

Nature RX – comedy series about a struggle affecting many in the world today, with a spoofed prescription drug commercial. (1 minute)

Joe – National Geographic wildlife photographer Joe Riis reminds us that we all face struggles and how his love of wilderness has helped him respect and protect the natural world around him. (7 minutes)

Avaatara – David Lama will be ascending the Baatara gorge in Lebanon.  His guiding philosophy has taken him to the most impressive mountain ranges in the world. (6 minutes)

Mile for Mile – Ultra runners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly open Patagonia Park in Chile to celebrate and highlight Conservacion, Patagonia’s efforts to re-wild and protect the vast landscape. (1.5 minutes)

Sagebrush Sisters – Three women ages from 65 to 80 hike more than 50 miles following a pronghorn migration path across the high desert. (7 minutes)

Sail Carbon Cowboys – People talk about the cattle business as a big environmental problem, but in this series you will see how, if properly gazed, it may be helpful to soil, animal and human health. (12 minutes)

The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagaonia – After Jedidiah Jenkins quit his job to ride a bicycle from Oregon to Patagonia, filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question of “why?”  You’ll learn about the inspiration that these men felt on their journey. (4 minutes)

An Education: A Father/Daughter Trip of Discovery – National Geographic Explorer Mike Libecki takes his 58th expedition with his 11 year old daughter, Lilliana, for her first skiing expedition to Antarctica.  This trip would change their lives forever. (9 minutes)

To Slow Down and Breathe – This series is going to look at the beauty of slacklining that can be as introspective as it is explorative. (3 minutes)

The Fable of the Wolf – This short series explores the relationship between wolf and man and how it is changing with ecosystems. (3 minutes)

Denali – This is the story of the relationship between photographer Ben Moon and his beloved dog, Denali.  This film is about friendship, loss and the fight for life. (7 minutes)

Flying Doors Off Over Baja California – Ralph Lee Hopkins is an aerial photographer who captures the unparalleled beauty of Baja California.  Conservation groups are using the images to help preserve the region for future generations. (8 minutes)

Rabbit Island – Is about one man’s quest to protect an island he loves from development. (6 minute)

Xboundary – Open-pit mining boom is underway in northwest British Columbia, Canada.  This is causing possible pollution of major salmon rivers and risks to the industry. (6 minutes)

The Fisherman’s Son – Ramon Navarro who was raised in a small fishing community in Chile, has found his passion riding some of the biggest waves on the planet.  His skill and bravery has made him a star in the surfing world today.  He is using his fame to help protect the environment of his Chilean coast home. (29 minutes)

The Hermosa Beach Community Theater is located at 710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.  The Warner Grand Theater is located at 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro.

Tickets for these shows are $10 online and can be purchased at,  If tickets are purchased at the door the price will be $15.

To read my last article on The Beauty of Nature” film series click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy.

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