The Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP) is proud to again host an engaging selection of award-winning films from the International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) of Missoula, Montana. The first screenings begin the evening of Friday, Feb. 21 at the Ukiah Civic Center, 300 Seminary Ave. The series will continue at the same venue for four more Friday evenings, ending on March 20.
All are invited to join RVOEP in a spirit of stewardship and celebration as together we honor excellence in filmmaking while learning about unique wildlife species and the natural ecosystems upon which they depend. Most films are appropriate for older children, but parental discretion is recommended.
IWFF is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected wildlife film festivals. Each year the organizers select some of the most noteworthy films for a Post-Festival Tour. RVOEP has organized these films into a theme for each Friday evening of the festival.
Opening night viewers will be inspired by films on the theme of “The Amazing American West from a Different Perspective.” This Feb. 21 event includes the documentary “Epic Yellowstone: Life on the Wing,” which received the IWFF Award for Best Broadcast Film.
On Friday, Feb. 28, the theme “Saving Water” will be featured, with an award-winning documentary that introduces us to an extraordinary group of high school students working to bring back the health of New York City waterways.
Friday, March 6 brings the theme “Ocean Stories,” with the documentary “Humpback Whales – A Detective Story.” Also featured are two shorter films about a young cuttlefish and an amazing island that is home to 5,200 breeding pairs of albatross.
“Nature’s Weird and Wonderful,” the family-friendly theme for Friday, March 13, will feature an Audience Award Winner film about pigs along with a film about thousands of bugs and the scientist who loves them. The film festival culminates on March 20 with films from Kenya and Nepal that give us an intimate look at the theme “Stewardship of the Land.”
Participants are invited to enjoy live music and snacks starting at 6:15 p.m., with films beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. A series ticket for all five evenings is $45.
Purchasing a series ticket is a great way to save money and support the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project. The RVOEP is a special program of the Ukiah Unified School District that provides outdoor environmental education field trips and classroom programs to over 2,000 students a year. For a full program of the films and more information about the RVOEP, visit its website, www.rvoep.org. For further information contact Maureen Taylor, RVOEP education coordinator, at 707-489-0227.