Festival films speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. The festival is a natural extension of Sierra Club Connecticut's work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a California watershed advocacy group. The South Yuba River received "Wild & Scenic" status for 39 miles of the river in 1999, and SYRCL celebrates the landmark victory with the film festival now in its 18th year.
Featured films in Bridgeport include "Blind Sushi" about a blind travel writer who goes foraging and diving in Connecticut with the world's first sustainable sushi chef, Bun Lai of Miya's Sushi in New Haven; "Water Warriors" the story of a Canadian community's successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry, and "Climbing Out of Disaster" about a group of local climbers in the immediate aftermath of Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria, using their skills and knowledge for the greater good of the community.
The Bridgeport event is supported by local sponsors City & State Public Affairs and Envest Asset Management LLC and national partners: Peak Design, Clif, EarthJustice, Klean Kanteen, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.