Film Festival Schedule and Selections
Full Length Films
Ultimate Mars Challenge
PBS NOVA | 2012 | 60 min.
With inside access to the massive team of scientists and engineers responsible for the Curiosity rover's on-the-ground experiments, NOVA will be there for the exhilarating moments after Curiosity's landing on Mars--and for the spectacular discoveries sure to come
The City Dark
Wicked Delicate Films | 2012 | 84 min.
Filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question, do we need the stars? This critically acclaimed film features stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists. The City Dark is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.
Tell it On the Mountain
Shaun Carrigan and Lisa Diener | 2013 | 119 min.
It takes a special kind of person to drop everything and walk through the woods for five months. Follow a half dozen of the 300 or so hikers who attempt a PCT thru-hike every year. Armed with cameras, they give us an insider's view into what it takes to spend half a year living in the wild.
The Great Vacation Squeeze
Bullfrog Films | 2013 | 27 min.
The United States is the only rich country without a law requiring paid vacation time for workers, and American vacations, already among the shortest in the world, are getting shorter. Vacations matter–for health, family bonding, nature appreciation, and many other factors. Beautifully photographed in Yosemite National Park, Europe and Washington State, this film makes the case for more vacation time, using personal stories, humor and expert commentary from Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson, travel writer Rick Steves and cardiologist Sarah Speck, and suggests that Americans would do well to make vacation time a political policy issue.
Glacier Caves: Mt. Hood's Secret World
Oregon Field Guide | 2013 | 31 min.
Mountaineers Brent McGregor and Eddy Cartaya invite the OFG crew on an expedition to film and photograph the largest known glacier cave system in the lower 48 states - located on the northwest face of Mt. Hood.
Ishi the Last Yahi
Snag Films | 1992 | 57 min.
In the early 1900s, Ishi, the last of the Yahi Indian tribe, is discovered nearly 20 years after the Yahi tribe was thought to be wiped out. The curators of a museum agree to look after him, hoping to learn more about him, his tribe, and their beliefs, and to teach him to survive in the modern world.
The Snowflake Man
Chuck Smith | 9 min.
Step back in time and learn about the man who helped to show us that "no two snowflakes are alike." Discover the self educated farmer who tirelesly braved the elements to take the first photographs of snowflakes (still found on many products today). After decades of work, Wilson Bentley became known as the world over as the "Snowflake Man."
Great Basin Astronomy Ranger Minute
Great Basin National Park | 2013 | 4 min.
It has been asked "what do we lose if we lose the night?" Take a journey through Great Basin National Park's brilliant night skies and ask yourself this question: does a solution exist?
Who Rules the Earth
The Social Rules Project | 2014 | 10 min.
Who Rules the Earth? uses animation to bring to life the most important idea to emerge from the social sciences over the past century: how social rules shape our planet and our lives. Combining science, beauty, and activism within a compelling narrative, Who Rules the Earth? brings the audience on a discovery adventure quite unlike any other.
Paul Meyers | 2012 | 15 min.
Bugs are an integral member of our lives; without them we couldn't survive. They maintain vast ecosystems and are present in nearly every type of environment on this planet. Learn more about these amazing and often misunderstood creatures.
I am Red
Pete McBride | 2013 | 4 min.
The Colorado River runs 1450 miles across seven states and two countries supplying water for 36 million people. It flowed to the sea for six million years but has not kissed the ocean since the late 1990s. A video poem to highlight the beauty and challenges of this national icon, American River's Most Endangered River for 2013.
A World on Notice: Women at the Front Lines of Climate Change
Terra Nyssa, Osprey Orielle Lake | 2013 | 9 min.
We are headed toward a potential 4 degrees Celsius rise in global temperature over the next decades that will create unprecedented havoc for our children and future generations. Women are no longer willing to stand by when so much is at stake. Fierce and compassionate women worldwide are committed to making a difference in the urgency of climate change.
Wolf OR-7 Expedition | 2014 | 4 min.
A filmmaker, wolf ecologist, storyteller, conservation adventurer, and Young National Geographic Explorer head out to retrace the tracks of a lone wolf...to promote coexistence with wolves and wildlife.
Hiking Bumpass Hell
Lassen Volcanic National Park | 2014 | 4 min.
Learn more about the trail into Lassen's largest and most popular hydrothermal area, Bumpass Hell.
Earn Your Turns
Lassen Volcanic National Park | 2012 | 14 min.
Explore Lassen's winter playground with Lassen Volcanic Backcountry Ski Patrol. Learn how this group of over 24 dedicated volunteers can help you have a safe and enjoyable winter adventure and experience first hand the beauty and wonder of earning your turns in Lassen's winter backcountry.
Lassen Youth Camping
Lassen Volcanic National Park | 2014 | 4 min.
Hundreds of young people experience camping for the first time through Lassen's Youth Camping program. To further support this successful program, Lassen Volcanic National Park will open Volcano Adventure Camp, a new youth camping facility, in 2016.
The Day the Lights Went Out
Global Explorers and NPS Night Skies | 2013 | 2 min.
Up until about 50 years ago, most people could step outside anywhere and see countless stars at night. This is no longer the case for most Americans due to light pollution;according to a recent study, only 1/3 of the American and European population can see the Milky Way.
Moods of the Wild: Lassen Volcanic Wilderness
National Park Service | 2014 | 4 min.
Guided by the poetic musings of some of our most enlightened thinkers, explore the many moods of California's Lassen Volcanic Wilderness. From serene sunrises and placid lakes to fumaroles and dramatic firestorms, immerse yourself in a landscape unlike any other and experience the full lifecycle of this eruptive wilderness.
National Park Service | 2011 | 3 min.
Experience National Park Service Wilderness from a variety of perspectives, ranging from students on their first overnight camping trip to musicians composing songs inspired by the natural landscape. Together, these short stories celebrate the range and richness of an American Wilderness experience.