What better way to explore environmental issues and outdoor adventures than to do it outside, with Golden’s mountains as a backdrop.
That is why Wildsight Golden has decided that for their first year holding the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, they will do it outside at Keith King Memorial Park on a giant screen.
“Other branches of Wildsight hosted the film festival last year, and it was really successful,” said Natasha Overduin, outreach co-ordinator for Wildsight Golden. “But Golden will be the first place to host it outdoors, so we’re really excited about that.”
The festival will feature one full-length film, and several shorts covering a wide variety of topics that Overduin says will leave you feeling optimistic, not guilty or worried.
“The films that were chosen are very positive. They won’t leave you feeling guilty, or scared for the future,” she said. “They’re more like, ‘look at all these great things that people are doing in our world.’ They’re very uplifting.”
Wildsight is also hoping that this event gets more people interested in what the organization is doing. Overduin says there is a fantastic, dedicated group of volunteers in Golden, but their workload is getting to be a bit much. The hope is that once people learn about some of the initiatives that Wildsight is working on, some new blood will join in and volunteer their time.
The cost to get into the film festival will be $15, or $20 to also get a lifetime membership to Wildsight.
“We’re hoping that people will pay the extra five dollars, get on our email newsletter list, and get excited about some of the things Wildsight is doing,” said Overduin.
The festival, which features two hours worth of film, will start at 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the ball diamonds. There will also be snacks and refreshments for sale.
“Bring a lawn chair and a blanket, and come out and enjoy some great films,” said Overduin. In the event of rain, the festival will be moved to the Mount 7 Rec Plex.