The Parklands

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Sneak Peek

While The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a place to escape through nature, films are an escape well. The Parklands is collaborating with Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) to host the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Gheens Foundation Lodge along the banks of Louisville’s most scenic stream, Floyds Fork.

During this one-night only touring festival, some of 2017’s best short films on wild places and the people engaged in their care and stewardship will be screened, providing not only an escape to explore natural wonders, but a bit of enlightenment to some of the environmental obstacles we are facing both in the U.S. and abroad. Join us to watch as the natural world is captured through the lenses of conservationists. 

The following 13 environmental and adventure films will be screened: 

Conservation Generation – Conservation Generation is a new short film by the National Young Farmers Coalition that offers a look into the lives of four young farmers and ranchers in the arid West.

For Flint – The Michigan city’s resiliency is emblematic of the can-do spirit of its residents. While Flint has been shaken by a federal state of emergency fueled by the unimaginable, individuals in the community are charting a new course flowing with a hope and optimism that might just make all the difference.

Sky Migrations –  Join ecologist and filmmaker, Charles Post, as he shines a light on the network of back country scientists and sentinels at the front lines of raptor conservation.

Standing Tall – How can you stop the destruction of an iconic Appalachian mountain, ​along with the history, culture, and memories it created? Ask Jay Leutze, who found the answer with the help of a 14-year-old girl named Ashley. Together they took a stand to to preserve a threatened expanse of wild lands and to protect the Appalachian Trail.

The Shape of a River – At its core, The Shape of a River celebrates the Mighty Yellowstone as both partner and provider, ever-shaping the land and lives of those along its course and binding us to the very spirit of wildness. The film casts the story of the River through the eyes of those whose lives intersect with it in ways that run deep.

Nowhere – Told by the lives that have been shaped by it, Nowhere is a film about the rugged heart of a wild place.  Beyond just the environmental toll, we are shown the personal costs to those that call Southern Oregon’s South Kalmiopsis region home if nickel strip mining proposals move forward.

Lost in Light – Lost in Light is a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, this piece shows how the night sky view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights.

Canis Lupus Colorado – Gray wolves shaped this place for eons only to disappear nearly overnight. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population.

PROTECTED: A Wild & Scenic River Portrait – Follow river paddler, author, and conservationist Tim Palmer through the enchanting waters of Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast, which has the highest concentration of National Wild & Scenic Rivers in the US. With just a canoe, a camera, and an old van, Tim finds his bliss on these rivers.

Mothered by Mountains – Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita, Nepal’s leading female mountain guide, has been on top of the tallest peaks on Earth. When she teams up to make a first ascent with an unlikely partner – local punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai – they both find that the paths to the greatest summits lie within.

Wild Olympics – Follow paddlers Adam and Susan Elliott as they kayak, fish, packraft and explore the wild rivers of the Olympic Peninsula.

The Nature of Maps – Marty Schnure and Ross Donihue are modern day pioneers: roaming some of the world’s last remaining wild lands to create maps to help conserve these precious places. Through their project with conservationist Kris Tompkins and Conservacion Patagonica to map the new Patagonia Park in Chile, The Nature of Mapsexplores the integral role maps play in conservation, adventure and our understanding of wild places.

Event Pricing & Information

Tickets for the Film Festival are $15 for Members of The Parklands and Kentucky Waterways Alliance; $25 to non-members. Your ticket purchase includes a reception beginning at 5 p.m., the Film Festival from 6-9 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and beverages. A portion of your ticket will also help to fund The Parklands and KWA as we conserve and protect some of Kentucky’s most special waterways. Before the screening, join Parklands Interpretive Rangers for a guided nature hike, along with other outdoor activities that will prepare you for the upcoming warmer months.


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About the Author

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Taylor Freimund

As the Parklands Fund Coordinator, Taylor Freimund works with the Development team to coordinate annual fundraising and development events and activities, as well as overseeing fundraising marketing and donor communications. Prior to joining The Parklands team in the summer of 2017 as a Communications Specialist, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at UPS throughout college while receiving a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She focused her marketing and strategic communication efforts on non-profit work at Fund for the Arts, The KY Humane Society and The Cincinnati Art Museum. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee and hanging out with her dogs.