When actor Leonardo DiCaprio accepted his first Academy Award on Feb. 28, he took that moment to discuss the issue of climate change.
The topic of global warming is nothing new. It is an issue in the upcoming presidential election, and sustainability is a present force on ETSU’s campus. To raise awareness of the plight facing the environment, the ETSU Department of Sustainability, along with several other campus departments, is hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the D.P. Culp University Center Auditorium.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is originally held in Nevada City, California, every January.
The festival then tours the United States. This is the second time the tour has stopped at ETSU.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Change of Course.”
Filmmakers were asked to create films that raise awareness about the conservation of waterways.
The films can take place anywhere in the world as long as they follow the theme.
One location of a film for this year’s festival takes place in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and another in the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Films may also be animated. Viewers can expect a film to be anywhere from 3 to 45 minutes long.
A call for local students from middle school to college age to submit films for ETSU’s own festival went out a few months ago. Students were asked to make a short film that followed a similar theme to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. That theme is “Water and the Environment.”
The winning films will be shown alongside other movies at the Wild and Scenic Festival. Local nonprofit organizations and other campus organizations and departments will have informational booths set up as a part of an “Enviro-Fair” in addition to the festival.
The event is free and open to the public, but the department of sustainability urges that people arrive early since seating is limited.
For more information on the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, visit wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.