Film fest Sunday celebrates water protection

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Ashland on Sunday, Nov. 13, as Rogue Riverkeeper hosts the festival tour at the Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall. Rogue Riverkeeper is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore clean water and fish across the Rogue Basin through advocacy, accountability and community engagement. 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of short films selected from an annual festival held in Nevada City, California. Now in its 14th year, the festival brings together films and community members to celebrate the environment and shine a spotlight on key issues. 

“Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says tour Associate Director Amelia Workman. “When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we start making a difference. Come get inspired!” 

Featured films in Ashland include 12 films focused on water, self-discovery and a sense of adventure. Selected films include “62 Years,” the story of Kenneth Brower’s return to the river his father helped to save and “36 Inches,” a recovering millennial’s understanding of proposed southern Oregon natural gas pipeline exports. 

The festival is an extension of Rogue Riverkeeper’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of rivers, streams and fish in the Rogue watershed.

“We’re excited to share these river stories with our local community for the fourth year of the festival here in the Rogue Basin,” says Robyn Janssen with Rogue Riverkeeper. “Share your love of rivers on Sunday and help us protect and restore clean water in the Rogue.” 

Doors open at 5 p.m. at 405 S. Mountain St., Ashland. Tickets ($15 general admission, $10 students) can be purchased at the Ashland Outdoor Store at 37 N. 3rd St. or at Mountain Provisions on the Plaza in Ashland or online at

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