Kenai Watershed Forum to host environmental film festival

Kenai Watershed Forum to host environmental film festival

It will be a night of drinks, mingling and movies — with some environmental awareness thrown in.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Kenai Watershed Forum will host the Wild &Scenic Film Festival at Snug Harbor Seafoods along Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The forum will screen films chosen from this year’s national Wild &Scenic Film Festival, an annual California-based traveling film festival that aims to inform and engage viewers on environmental issues.

Organizers of the Feb. 24 Kenai event worked to choose films from the festival lineup that would meet a variety of interests — from skiing to mountain biking to raising birds, Kenai Watershed Forum Development Director Tami Murray said.

Her favorite film is “Sky Migrations,” which follows scientists working to conserve migrating raptors. Another film, “SHIFT” follows the efforts of indigenous youth as they create mountain-biking trails near Carcross, Yukon. “Wild Owyhee” discusses wilderness conservation efforts in Oregon.

The event, which will feature Kassik’s beer on top and local seafood, will take place in the fish processing area of the Snug Harbor retail location.

Organizers tried to think outside the box when looking for an event venue, Murray said.

“In the summer it’s bustling with business, but it’s now dormant. It’s a nice venue to have a small event like this,” she said.

Nine short films will be screened over the course of the evening, including two set in Alaska.

Attendees should look forward to a fun evening connecting with others on environmental issues, Murray said.

Reach Erin Thompson at erin.thompson@peninsulaclarion.com

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