ESCALANTE – The Escalante Canyons Arts Festival is expanding its programming this year by partnering with Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the Glen Canyon Natural History Association to incorporate film into this year’s festival for the first time. Join us for the film festival at the Escalante High School, 800 E. UT-12, Escalante on Friday, September 22nd. Films will be shown outside on the track & field with programming from 7pm to 11pm, films will start at dusk. This event is family friendly, and don’t forget the blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be provided by the Escalante High School volleyball team as a fundraiser. In the event of rain, films will be shown in the Escalante High School auditorium.
Glen Canyon Natural History Association (NHA) in partnership with Escalante Canyons Art Festival will open this year’s plein air week with films drawn from love of landscape. Attendees are invited to find their own inspiration through the collection of films chosen by art festival organizers and volunteers. This event will be free to the community through sponsorships by Glen Canyon NHA, the Boulder Arts Council, Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners, and the Escalante High School. This event provides a welcome stage for collaboration between organizations supporting the arts and those who support public lands. For partnering organizations, this opportunity provides the perfect balance between education, awareness and appreciation of public lands through art and storytelling.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a nonprofit river conservation organization located in Nevada City, CA in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The organization was formed in 1983 when a small group of concerned citizens banded together to fight against several proposed dams. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of achieving Wild & Scenic status on 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The flagship festival kicks off each January in Nevada City, CA with 100+ films, art, music, activist workshops, and more. Once the curtain closes in Nevada City, SYRCL shares their success with other organizations by taking the film festival On Tour to 150+ communities worldwide. The tour is building a grassroots network of organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism.
For more information and a list of films to be shown in Escalante on Sept. 22nd, visit: escalantecanyonsartfestival.org/film-fest/.
—Escalante Canyons Art Festival