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Summit Land Conservancy gets wild with scenic films

Mikey Schaefer's "Moonwalk" is one of the nine films that will be screened during The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, presented by the Summit Land Conservancy. (Image courtesy of the Summit Land Conservancy)

The Summit Land Conservancy was established in 2003, with an idea of working in partnership with local landowners to "permanently protect the remaining agricultural lands, view sheds, animal habitats, waterways, and rangelands in Park City and Summit County," according to its mission statement.

It also raises awareness of preservation and sustainability.

That’s why the conservancy joined the Wild and Scenic Film Festival five years ago.

The festival, organized by the South Yuba River Citizen’s League, a group of concerned citizens who banded together in 1983 to oppose the construction of two dams on the South Yuba River, debuted 11 years ago with a mission to inspire people and unite communities to heal the earth, said Erin Bragg, conservation director at Summit Land Conservancy.

"The title for this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival that will take place at the Jim Santy Auditorium on Thursday, April 11, is called "9 Films to Change Your World," and will feature films that are designed to inspire the local population to stand up for conservationism," Bragg said.

The nine films are as follows:


  • "Moonwalk" by Mikey Shaefer


  • "Murder Mouth" by Madeleine Parry and Daniel Joyce


  • "Quest for Energy" by Andrew Satter. Jessica Goad and Christy Goldfuss


  • "Stories of Trust: Colorado" by the iMatter Campaign


  • "Song of the Spindle" by Drew Christie


  • "Travelers Between Two Worlds" by Andress Pineda


  • "One Beach by Jason Baffa and the Farm League


  • "Two Laps" by Lanky Boy


    "The Wild and Scenic Film Festival organization has hundreds of films, so we went through and picked the ones that we thought would be good for our organization to present to our community," Bragg explained. "Some of the films, such as ‘Public Lands, Private Profits: Boom or Bust,’ directly address issues we are experiencing in Utah with mining on public lands. And others, like ‘Murder Mouth,’ address more general topics such as sustainable eating.

    "That film follows a woman who reexamines the way she gets food," Bragg explained. "She has never killed anything bigger than a spider and wants to reconnect the meat she eats with the animal that is killed."

    "Murder Mouth" documents how the progresses from picking her own broccoli to catching her own fish to killing and eating a chicken and finally to killing and eating a lamb.

    "This film is the one that may be a little hard for the squeamish to watch, but it shows how people can relate to their food," Bragg said. "It ties in with our community because we have some local food providers such as Summit County Beef that offer fresh food to locals."

    Setting the tone for the evening will be "Moonwalk."

    "It’s a short and silent film about slacklining, which is like tightrope walking on a between two red-rock peaks in Southern Utah," Bragg said.

    The film’s title comes from a scene where a full moon highlights one of the scenes, she said.

    In addition, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival screenings will feature two films about whales — "Song of the Spindle" and "Traveler’s Between Two Worlds."

    "Song of the Spindle" is an animated film in which a man and a sperm whale have a conversation to see which of the two is smarter, Bragg said.

    "The other, ‘Traveler’s Between Two Worlds,’ on the other hand, is a live-action piece filmed in Spanish, but has subtitles," she said. "It reminded me of the times when I was in school in Alaska, and we learned about whales. I thought this film would be interesting for kids in Utah and the Park City population, because they don’t get to experience something like this in a land-locked state."

    The evening will also feature opportunity drawings for prizes, Bragg said.

    "Those will take place during intermission," she explained.

    This year marks Bragg’s first Wild and Scenic Film Festival as an employee with the Summit Land Conservancy, she said.

    Bragg, who joined the staff as an intern last September, before being hired on fulltime in January, moved to Utah nearly 15 years ago and recently graduated from the University of Utah with a masters degree in environmental humanities.

    "I work on the more science-based projects, and do a lot of the base-line documents for our conservation properties in Park City and Summit County," she said. "After I graduated, I thought the Summit Land Conservancy would be great place to start, and so far it is.

    "I’m looking forward to the film festival and know it will be fun and informative," she said.

    The Summit Land Conservancy and the Park City Film Series will present the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, April 11, in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library and Education Center, 1255 Park Ave., at 7 p.m. This year’s festival, which is rated PG, will feature nine environmental films ranging in length from four minutes to 25 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Summit Land Conservancy, which works in partnership with local landowners to permanently protect the remaining agricultural lands, view sheds, animal habitats, waterways and rangelands in Park City and Summit County. Tickets are available by visiting .


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