For the first time in its 12-year history, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be stopping in Las Vegas. The nationwide tour, which kicks off each year in Nevada City, California, will be hosted locally by the Friends of Nevada Wilderness on November 14 at the Historic Fifth Street School.
The event will undoubtedly be a hit with outdoors junkies, who may also want to invite reluctant hiking buddies for a shot of inspiration. The 11 films chosen include several shorts, such as 9-minute documentary The Gimp Monkeys, which follows three men—each one missing a limb—as they ascend Zodiac, an 1,800-foot climb at El Capitan mountain in Yosemite Valley, California. The evening will culminate in the 40-minute film, Not Yet Begun to Fight, showing five veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan who find healing in the rivers of Montana.
“The more I was out there fly fishing,” one of the stars of the film says, “the more I knew I needed more of it.”
That’s the intended takeaway, according to Shevawn Von Tobel, of Friends of Nevada Wilderness. “Most of the films we will be showing are about wilderness, but we also wanted films that reach beyond that—films that document the incredible tenacity and courage that define those individuals working in and for wilderness areas.”
Putting its money where its mouth is, the conservation nonprofit will use proceeds from the festival to help pay for programs such as its current effort to get Southern Nevada’s Gold Butte designated as a National Conservation Area.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and films begin at 6:50 p.m. Tickets are $12 ($10 advance). For $25, attendees can get a ticket plus a one-year membership to Friends of Nevada Wilderness. More information is at NevadaWilderness.org.