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Wild and Scenic Film Festival raises awareness for Colorado watershed

It's 1,450 miles long, with 75 miles stretching through Garfield County. It affects agricultural, recreation and drinking water. Whether you realize it or not, if you live in this area, it's part of your life.

It's the Colorado River, and it's the focus of the Middle Colorado Watershed Council, which works to protect water quality and encourage efficient water use. The river is also the motivation behind the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, which will be held Thursday at Glenwood Vaudeville Revue. This is the touring festival's second year in Glenwood Springs.

"I think film is a really great way to access a larger audience," said Community Outreach Coordinator Annie Whetzel. "It has a really nice way to tell a story besides reading about it. It takes you there and especially in films about the Colorado River, it gives a sense of place."

MCWC board vice president Morgan Hill agreed.

"People just love film festivals and think this is a fun thing to do in the community, so we get a lot of people interested and engaged," she said.

The 10-film program will run 90 minutes, and an intermission will allow moviegoers a chance to mingle or discuss what they've seen. The touring festival has additional western Colorado dates scheduled this year, and organizers tried to minimize the overlap in the movies. Wild and Scenic Film Festival offers dozens of films to choose from.

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"We also understand that the political situation is tough right now, so we tried to keep it uplifting," Whetzel said.

The films include "In Current," which follows a woman who works to row a dory in the Grand Canyon; "The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia," which documents a man's bike ride between the two points; and "Nature Rx," a spoof on pharmaceutical commercials created by a Boulder-based organization to encourage time outside. All of the selected films relate to water, thereby connecting to the council's mission.

Whetzel said the event is more of a "friendraiser" than fundraiser; the organization hopes the event will educate, entertain and inspire—hopefully, she said, inspire action.

The watershed council provides an opportunity for action unlike any other organization in this area, Hill said, by bringing a number of entities together to tackle water issues.

"We have people from different industries, from the agriculture sector, from government agencies and also some people who are there as citizens. Getting them all together in the same room is just this great exchange of info."

IF YOU GO

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Benefiting Middle Colorado Watershed Council

7-9:30 p.m. Thursday

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave.

Admission: $15 adults, $10 students

http://tinyurl.com/wsffgws

Films to be screened include:

• In Current

• The Accidental Environmentalist

• The Fire Next Time

• Selah: Water from Stone

• The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders

• Nature Rx

• The Great Siberian Traverse

• Pale Blue Dot

• Plastico

• The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia