Mammoth - Wild & Scenic Film Festival Specifics

Nov 30 2012


Friends of the Inyo will host SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival for a sixth year in the Eastern Sierra in Mammoth Lakes (November 30), Bishop (December 1) and Lone Pine (December 6). There are two exciting film program offerings this year to provide food for thought, and inspire everyone to action and adventure. All programs start at 7 p.m.

In Mammoth, the film festival screens on Friday, November 30, at the Edison Theatre. Tickets will soon be available at the Booky Joint. 

Film topics in Mammoth include a foundation's project to light up a poor neighorhood, rising seas in the South Pacific, fracking, biomimicry, and more. The Skier's Journey chosen for Mammoth is "Friends of Shames" about how a beloved ski hill in British Columbia ran out of money and was bought as a community co-operative.

"I can tell a lot of thought went into selecting the films," said Lori Van Laanen, Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour Manager. "Both programs have a wonderful mix of inspiring stories, adventure, amazing cinematography, and informative films. You have good anchor films and the halves of the programs are well balanced."

"Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle" will be shown in Mammoth as well as Bishop and Lone Pine. Once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. This short film with the spectacular backdrop of the Channel Islands National Park off Santa Barbara shows how a dedicated team has worked for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the islands where they belong.

For more detailed information on the films, please see the complete summaries below. Tickets are $10 per person per program and are now available at Friends of the Inyo, 819 North Barlow Lane in Bishop or by emailing 

New membership or renewal gets you free tickets! 

  • $35 member donation = one free ticket.
  • $50 member donation = two free tickets
  • $100 member donation = four free tickets for both film programs (two for Mammoth and two for either Bishop or Lone Pine) 

There will be beer and wine, cookies and coffee! Your ticket automatically enters you into the raffle for great prizes (additional raffle tickets to increase your chances of a great prize go for $5 a piece).

For more information about the Wild & Scenic Film Festival "where activism gets inspired" please visit their website at


A Liter of Light (2 min)

This film documents a foundation’s project to light up a poor neighborhood through the efforts of a local man who works for them. He becomes a beacon of hope to his community when he installs hundreds of solar-powered light bulbs in his neighbor’s houses. The clever device is made from old plastic soda bottles filled with water and bleach. Many of the homeowners can barely afford electricity and because their houses stand so close to each other, they don’t really get much daylight. With a little bleach, water and good will, their days are now much, much brighter.

A Skier’s Journey: Friends of Shames (9 min)

If your beloved ski hill ran out of money and had no choice but to close, what would you do? With time running out for majestic Shames Mountain in Northern British Columbia, local skiers from Terrace, Prince Rupert, and Kitimat have decided to take matters into their own hands and buy the ski hill as a community co-operative. Friends of Shames: A Skier's Journey is a look into what's at stake for the people who call Shames home, and sheds light onto a different way of owning & operating a ski hill. And of course, there are plenty of deep turns and stunning terrain along the way. -

Finding Their Way (6 min)

Jen Slotterback was hiking in her favorite park when she found signs of surveying for industrial gas drilling, or fracking. She went home and told her husband Jim, and although the two had never been actively involved in the issue of gas drilling, they immediately began a campaign to save the park. The board that controlled the park was set to vote on whether to drill in the park in 11 days. The story of the Slotterback's journey over those 11 days is the subject of this film. 

Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution (24 min)

This film explores biomimicry, the science of emulating nature's best ideas to solve human problems. Set inSouth Africa, the film follows Time magazine "Hero of the Environment" Janine Benyus as she illustrates how organisms in nature can teach us to be more sustainable engineers, chemists, architects, and business leaders. After 3.8 billion years, nature has discovered not only how to survive but also how to thrive as a system. Benyus brings deep affection for the natural world as she guides us toward a vision of a planet in balance between human progress and ecosystem survival.

Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle (14 min)

The bald eagle was once an important avian predator in the Channel Islands, a group of islands just off the coast ofSouthern California. Then in the early 60¹s the bald eagles disappeared due to egg collecting, hunting, and DDT contamination. This inspiring short film chronicles how a dedicated team of biologists and their partners has been working tirelessly for decades to bring the bald eagle back to the Channel Islands, leading to some amazing results.


Seasons: Winter (4 min)

Brian Ward discovers an unexpected and new-found love for water in its frozen and expanded form.

Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Beast (39 min)

What does a beauty pageant in Suva, Fiji have to do with climate change? Quite a lot, as it turns out. 'Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea' is a short documentary film about the 2009-2010 Miss South Pacific Pageant that brought contestants, or Queens, from all the major Pacific Island Nations to compete in a week long pageant for the crown of Miss South Pacific. You'll want to see this one all the way through! Addressing the theme of Climate Change and its impact onPacificIslandcountries, the Queens eloquently and passionately implore judges, spectators, and the world at large to reduce global carbon emission lest their island homes will be lost to rising seas. Is it too late to turn back the tide? Watch Miss South Pacific and see.

Eagle Among the Swarm (3 min)

Thousands of Pacific Dunlin birds spend the winter inBoundary Bay,British Columbia. At the season’s peak, numbers can reach up to 20,000 birds at a time and the packs can be seen flocking in great numbers, while continuously evading hungry falcons. Best Picture, Victoria Seabird Film Festival