A scene from the film A Baffin Vacation. Photo by Sarah McNair-Landry.

Inspiration on Screen

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Bay and its tributaries, is bringing together guests from across the watershed to celebrate the work of filmmakers and documentarians. The organization’s annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival has been held since 2019 and returns to in-person events this year after a brief hiatus. The festival is a fundraiser for the group, screening 10 to 15 short films, plus raffle prizes and speakers. The event will be held at venues across the watershed in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. On March 16, see the films at Stage & Screen Studios in Millersville or The Miracle Theater in Washington, D.C. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The timing of the festival is meant to provide warmth, inspire action, and raise hope during a time of growth and rebirth. Organizers choose films that they hope will inform, inspire, and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation. Festival-goers can expect to see award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is designed to inspire a love for nature and activate audiences to take action in their communities through film and art.

Ticket prices start at $15 and include in-person and virtual options; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Ticket packages include access to the live Wild & Scenic Film Festival program, presentations by guest speakers and sponsor videos. Virtual packages include five days of on-demand playback of all Wild & Scenic films. All packages include an option to purchase raffle tickets; in years past, prizes have included items from MiiR Peak Design, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., EarthJustice, and more.

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