The third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, jointly sponsored by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Peninsula Open Space Trust, opened virtually last weekend and runs through Friday.
This year’s free festival is a two-hour program featuring 14 award-winning short films, each running from two to 15 minutes. Centering on the environment, topics range from wildfire management to the culture of local Indigenous peoples.
“The films of the Wild & Scenic Festival this year combine beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling,” said Mark Medeiros, senior manager of community engagement at POST. “For this year’s presentation, we’ve selected works that we believe will inspire Bay Area film and nature fans to find ways to get involved and make a difference.”
Featured films include “In the Land of My Ancestors,” “Fighting Fire with Fire” and “Immolation.”
“Ancestors,” directed by South Asian photojournalist Rucha Chitnis, is about settler colonialism in the Bay Area. It spotlights one Ohlone elder who has devoted her life to preserving the culture of her Indigenous ancestors.
“Fire,” directed by filmmaker and UC Davis alumna Sinead Santich, delves into the Native American cultural tradition of burning. It follows a California tribal leader teaching UC Davis students about preparing the land, igniting the fire and restoring the landscape.
Filmed over several years, “Immolation” – directed by San Francisco-based filmmaker and cinematographer David Elkins – documents the destruction and rebirth of California lands, a cycle caused by wildfires.
Although film viewing is free, advance registration is required.
To register and for more information, visit tinyurl.com/6hjf2rht.