Wild & Scenic Film Festival with Friends 2017

Join Friends of Black Rock – High Rock for a fun-filled evening with food and drink, watching amazing and inspiring films about nature in the beautiful Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater.


What: SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in Reno — September 22nd
Where: Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater, 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno, NV



  • Gates open @ 5PM. Films start @ 7:15PM. Event ends @ 10PM.


  • We will have the Organic Taste of Chicago food truck on site, as well as adult beverages for purchase from Brewer’s Cabinet.


  • We will have a raffle and silent auction for a variety of prizes.


  • Special ukulele concert by Friends Artist-in-Residence, Elizabeth Cadigan, before the films at 6:50pm.


  • Tickets: $15 – Adult. $12 – Student. Tickets are non-refundable.


  • This is an Outdoor Event & will be held RAIN or SHINE, so be prepared in case of inclement weather. It’s going to be chilly, so bring a jacket and/or blankets.





Or  purchase them at one of our Retail locations:

Melting Pot World Emporium
1049 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502

Phone: (775) 322-9445



Patagonia Outlet Reno 

130 South Center St
Reno, Nevada 89501
Phone: (775) 746-6878





2225 Harvard Way

Reno, NV 89502

Phone: (775) 828-9090


our wonderful natureOur Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon — Lumatic, Tomer Eshed, John Berwick, Michal Krajczok In a world where a single chameleon has no natural enemies, this one of a kind creature is destined to hunt for prey. The feeding habits of the common chameleon as never seen before. (GER, 2017, 3min)


dream dayDream Day — Malcolm Sangster, Eric Crosland, CLIF Bar, Sherpas Cinema  What would it feel like to begin your day in fresh powder and end it in the briny Pacific on the perfect sunset wave? It would probably feel like a dream. Four athletes, Jeremy Jones, Hilaree O’Neil, Matt Hunter and Greg Long, set out to see if they could make that dream a reality – starting out in the Sierra backcountry then rock climbing, cruising down Mt. Tam on mountain bikes, and capping it off with a surf at Stinson Beach. Amazing adventures are possible when you get outside and dream big. (USA, 2016, 10min)

douglas tompkinsDouglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy — James Q Martin, Chris Cresci  Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. The founder of The North Face and cofounder of Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building successful global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world, completing first descents of the world’s toughest rivers. In the early 1990s, Doug sold his part of Esprit and turned his entrepreneurial energies to land and wildlife conservation projects in South America. Over the last 25 years, Tompkins’ efforts have helped secure 4.75 million acres in new protected areas in Chile and Argentina including five new national parks. Best Environmental Film, Adventure FF (USA, 2016, 16min)

the living forest

The Living Forest — Marc Silver  The Kichwa tribe in the Sarayaku region of the Amazon in Ecuador believe in the ‘living forest,’ where humans, animals and plants live in harmony. They are fighting oil companies who want to exploit their ancestral land. A delegation of indigenous people are at the Paris COP21 climate conference to make sure their voices are heard. Can they win their battle? (UK, 2015, 9min)

running wildRunning Wild — Danny Schmidt  In February of 2014, a remotely triggered camera in Utah’s rugged Uinta mountains captured a picture of something no one thought possible in the area: a wolverine. This elusive creature hadn’t been spotted here for nearly 40 years. This one photograph set in motion a massive undertaking to find out if these badasses of the animal kingdom were setting up shop here for good. Ultrarunners took to the mountains setting up and checking camera traps around the ecosystem in search of more photographic evidence. The result? A comprehensive survey of wildlife in the range and a model for citizen science projects everywhere. (USA, 2016, 7min)

water song

Water Song — Will Parrinello, Vicente Franco, Quinn Costello  Máxima Acuña, a subsistence farmer in Peru’s northern highlands, stood up to the giant Newmont Mining Corporation over the development of a gold and copper mine on her property. Her work was recognized in 2016 when she received the Goldman Environmental Prize. This short film, narrated by Robert Redford, shows how an ordinary person can affect extraordinary change. (USA, Peru, 2016, 5min)


the high divideThe High Divide — Eric Bendick, Roshan Patel, Grizzly Creek Films  They say The High Divide is the place where the world is cut in two. Then again, it may be where everything comes together. This place was once called “the big empty.” But it’s bursting at the seams – with deep forests, streams brimming with trout, meadows flush with grizzlies and wildflowers, and peaks so wild and vast they stretch all the way to the horizon. It’s also full of people. People who love the land. Cowboys who love salmon. Range riders who shepherd cattle and carnivores. Woodcutters who fight for forests. Generation after generation stewarding land and water. These are the lost voices of the American West. A new film celebrates the confluence of a wild place and its visionary people. (USA, 2016, 16min)

INTERMISSIONpale blue dot

Pale Blue Dot — Chin Li Zhi  Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos through an eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through music and visuals, seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth. (Singapore, 2014, 4min)

boundariesThink Like a Scientist: Boundaries — Neil Losin, Nathan Dappen, Day’s Edge Productions  Humans construct boundaries — around our homes, our neighborhoods, and our nations — to bring order to a chaotic world. But we rarely consider how these boundaries affect other creatures. Meet conservation photographer Krista Schlyer, who has spent the last seven years documenting the environmental effects of the U.S./Mexico border wall, and biologist Jon Beckmann, who studies how man-made barriers influence the movement of wildlife. Schlyer and Beckmann have seen damaging impacts of the border wall firsthand, but they remain optimistic. Humans probably won’t stop constructing walls and fences any time soon, but planning our boundaries with wildlife in mind can help prevent these structures from causing environmental harm. Winner, Jackson Hole Science Media Awards (USA, 2016, 7min)

ace and the desert dog

Ace and the Desert Dog — Brendan Leonard, Forest Woodward, Stefan Hunt, Joe Peters, Max Lowe  For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out for a 60- day backpacking trip in Utah’s canyon country. The pair tells the story of their trek, friendship, and Genghis records it on his Desert Dawg Adventure Blawg. Inspiring Adventure, DC Adventure FF; Spirit of Adventure, Adventure FF (USA, 2015, 9min

selah, water from stoneSelah: Water from Stone — Ben Masters, John Aldrich, Tito West, Skip Hobbie Fifty years ago David Bamberger devoted his life to restoring a neglected and overgrazed ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The result? Water from Stone. By restoring natural ecological functions, David filled hillside aquifers, brought springs back to life, created riparian habitat, and inspired a landscape movement. (USA, 2016, 8min

100,000 beating hearts

One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts — Peter Byck, Hal Honigsberg, Todd Johnson and FlexiP, Ming Tai, Jim and Paula Crown  Director Peter Byck’s short film One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts tells the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris’s evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer, whilst breathing new life into a community left behind and forgotten due to, as Will says, the industrialization of agriculture. (USA, 2016, 15min)

super salmonThe Super Salmon — Ryan Peterson  Proponents of a plan to construct a $5.2-billion hydroelectric mega-dam on Alaska’s Susitna River say it wouldn’t affect the watershed’s famous salmon runs because of its location – upstream of where fish usually swim. Tell that to the Super Salmon. People’s Choice, Port Townsend FF; Special Jury Mention, Banff Mountain FF (USA, 2016, 25min)


Find out more about Wild & Scenic Film Festival by visiting their website: www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org

For more information, to volunteer, or RSVP for this event please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@blackrockdesert.org

We would like to thank our title sponsors for making this event possible:

Blackstone Development Group logo

Rubicon Design Group logo

We would like to thank The Brewer’s Cabinet for their beer donation:

Brewer's Cabinet logo


We are pleased to announce that Organic Taste of Chicago will be the food truck on site again this year.

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We would also like to thank our other sponsors:

We would like to thank the following businesses for donating items to our raffle and/or silent auction: