Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wild & Scenic Film Festival: Charlie Sheen not scheduled to appear

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 5:23 PM

When the Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to the Tara Cinemas for its fourth consecutive year this Sunday, it won’t feature any red carpet limo arrivals or other fanfare often associated with many film festivals where “wild” and “scenic” could easily describe those who took part in the films. Even though it's the largest environmentally focused festival in North America, over-the-top grandeur would arguably go against the rootsy environmentalism at the heart of the fest's films.

Scene from Eastern Rises
  • Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
  • Scene from Eastern Rises

This year’s festival features 10 films, including shorts and feature-length movies that strive to inform and inspire viewers about global warming, organic farming, recycling and learning to live off the land. Slow the Flow highlights cheap, easy and natural landscaping techniques, while Eastern Rises follows a group of fly fishermen into the wild waters of Kamchatka, Russia.

Scene from Slow the Flow

Local bonus: This year’s festival concludes with Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision, a documentary about the ongoing battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama about water in the Chattahoochee River basin. Chattahoochee chronicles the past decade's struggles, reveals the origins of the conflict, and offers potential solutions.

Scene from Eastern Rises

Wild & Scenic will feature locally brewed SweetWater, a three-and-a-half hour screening with an intermission and giveaways.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival. 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. March 6. United Artists Tara Cinemas 4, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-634-5661. $15, $12 for students and seniors, $11 each for groups of eight

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