5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Posted on Nov 10, 2012

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Date(s) - Saturday, November 10, 2012
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine


See films to change your world – from Bhutan to Baffin Island to Casco Bay. View amusing “shorts”, entertaining films, and inspiring documentaries. This year the film festival will include 15 films for a total viewing time of about two hours. They will be shown in two sets with a short intermission in between.

4 p.m. Doors open

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Cash bar, free popcorn and more

5 p.m. Films begin

Free parking for this event is available in the USM parking garage.




2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival Films:


A Liter of Light

A local man becomes a beacon of hope in a poor neighborhood when he installs hundreds of solar-powered “light bulbs” in his neighbor’s houses.


A Skier’s Journey: Baffin Island

Five friends ski across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic as spring changes a landscape dominated by frozen fjords, sheer cliffs, seals, and polar bears.


Bhutan: Land of the Black-necked Crane

See how a benevolent king of this small Buddhist kingdom high in the Himalayans promotes Gross Domestic Happiness for his citizens while fostering respect for the environment and its natural resources.


Brower Youth Awards — Rhiannon Tomtishen & Madison Vorva

Girl Scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva create Project ORANG (Orangutans Really Appreciate and Need Girls Scouts) and learn that a common food ingredient is threatening the homeland of these endangered animals.


Chasing Water

Photographer Pete McBride follows the Colorado River from source to sea, discovering many surprises along his 1500-mile journey across seven states.


The Craziest Idea

Two dam removal projects on the Elwha and White Salmon Riversin Washington that began as “crazy ideas” 30 years ago finally recreate free-flowing rivers to sustain salmon, recreation, and native culture.


Dark Side of the Lens

Irish surf photographer Mickey Smith showcases the beauty and danger of the Irish coast as he explains what is happening behind the camera, the place no audience sees, the “dark side of the lens.”


Artist and author James Prosek is the last man on the East Coast who still fishes for eels using an ancient stone weir.

Friends of Casco Bay

Learn about what folks in your community are doing to improve and protect the health of this beautiful Bay.



Told like a Brothers Grimm fable, “Gloop” offers a poignant and lasting message about the price we pay for the convenience of plastic.



An out-of-the-box environmental thriller keeps the audience guessing until the very end.


Into Darkness

Journey along with a group of cavers who push through impossibly small passages to access some of the final frontiers on earth.


One Plastic Beach

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang make exquisite art from plastic debris collected from one beach in northern California.


Tuned In

From a young age, Steve McGreevy was fascinated by the natural world and by amateur radio. It led him to capture the sounds of Earth’s own radio signals.



A creative filmmaker makes a shave and a haircut an allegory for protecting our natural resources.


Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors:



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