Still image from An Island Out of Time film by Tom Horton, Dave Harp and Sandy Canon-Brown. Image: Dave Harp.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Benefits Choptank River

The dreary mid-winter is a perfect time to take in a film festival made up entirely of stunning images of nature. And that’s exactly what you can do this Friday, at the 4th annual Cambridge Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

The festival, at a gallery in downtown Cambridge, will show six short environmental and adventure films that “illustrate the beauty of the Earth and the work that communities are doing to protect our increasingly threatened planet.”

The audience will see the first local preview of the 30-minute film, An Island Out of Time. Filmmakers Tom Horton, Dave Harp, and Sandy Cannon-Brown will introduce the film and answer questions. They’ll also auction off a signed copy of Horton’s book, An Island Out of Time and a framed still image from the film.

ShoreRivers, the waterkeepers’ organization for the mid-Eastern Shore, and Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth are putting on the film festival to raise money for the #SwimmableShoreRivers campaign, a water quality testing program that monitors waterway bacteria levels.

The event will also recognize people and businesses that support a cleaner and healthier Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay, including the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Yacht Maintenance Company, Intercoastal Trading Inc., and more.

The festival is Friday, February 15 at Gallery 447. Doors open at 5 p.m. for a pre-show happy hour that includes local oysters donated by Stoney Cove Charters. The film program begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 ahead of time and $35 at the door, and they include a complimentary drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. To buy tickets, click here.

-Meg Walburn Viviano