The Wild and Scenic Film Festival presented by the South Yuba River Citizen’s League drew over 5,000 people to the area over the past weekend. Some 100 films were shown and the Best of Festival Award goes to the documentary -All the Time in the World- about a family who leaves the comforts of home to live for 9 months with their three young children in the remote wilderness of the Canadian North, with no road access, no electricity, no running water and no internet and not a single watch or clock. The documentary explores the theme of disconnecting in order to reconnect.
One film that was a favorite among locals at SYRCL’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival was River Music, Directed by local videographer Michael Bloebaum.. (BLAY-bomb) that tells the story of what happens when science and art collide. Musicians with Music in the Mountains Young Composers program spent a year studying music composition and at the same time were exposed to the wonders of the Yuba River each weekend. Cristine Kelly is Executive Director of Music in the Mountains.*
The young composers were ages 14 to 20 and through the Sierra Streams Institute they had a guided tour of the scientific wonder of the Yuba River and the salmon who live there.*
The Documentary was funded by a grant and Sierra Streams Institute helped develop the curriculum.*
The documentary River Music has already been shown on KVIE public television in Sacramento and at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and is about to go on a national tour of showings on public television across the country.