A call to action where film-goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999.

We’ve been hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival for the Middle Tennessee area for 5 years and continue to see great success with it. The event explores environmental issues through film and promotes community building, inspires stewardship and connects people with volunteerism locally. The goal of the festival is to reach more people and to increase community engagement to give Middle Tennessee citizens a chance to make a change.

Sit back and enjoy, while watching films that leave you feeling inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world. These environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty, while also showing the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it. This festival connects film with broader environmental and social context and reminds us that we are participants in a global movement for a more wild and scenic world. 


local feature

We partner with community groups and individuals to bring a local angle to every show. In the past, we’ve involved nearby high schools and local filmmakers to relate the message back to home. Interested in partnering with us? 

Battle Ground Academy

Battle Ground Academy chose us to be their 2018-2019 institute of emphasis. Through this partnership, we hosted a film contest that prompted students to create films that promoted sustainable living. We were proud to showcase the winning films and the students that made them the night of our Spring 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. 

Demetria Kalodimos

At our Fall 2018 event, local TV journalist and documentary filmmaker, Demetria Kalodimos, showed her film entitled Water and Brimstone, which was about the impact of recreational ATV activity on the rivers and creeks that feed into the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.

Rowles Reels Productions

At our Fall 2019 event, local high school filmmaker, Landon Rowles, showed his film, Heroes of the Sea. Heroes of the Sea is the first of a series produced by Rowles’ family production company, Rowles Reels Productions, and highlights individuals contributing to marine conservation.