Join the Spokane Riverkeeper and Mountain Gear at the Garland Theater on Thursday, May 2, as they host Spokane’s 5thannual Wild and Scenic Film Festival. This annual event features films that highlight nature’s beauty, cutting-edge environmental issues, and heart-warming stories. This year’s films focus on women and youth as leaders within the environmental movement.

The film Hear the Call follows the struggle to protect precious runs of salmon; the film My Mom Valatravels to Greenland to experience life as a female fishing guide through an Icelandic lens; and two home-grown films, one highlighting youth in the Spokane area and their efforts at protecting local clean water. 

The film festival benefits the Spokane Riverkeeper, a nonprofit organization that advocates for a fishable and swimmable Spokane River for today and for future generations. Attendees can also enter to win some amazing guided fishing and river rafting trips and outdoor gear donated by Mountain Gear, Row Adventures, and Silver Bow Fly Shop.

“The Spokane is really a hub for our community,” says Paul Fish, founder of Mountain Gear, “and we are proud to support the Spokane Riverkeeper in their work to protect this precious element of our community.” Doors open at 6 p.m. at Spokane’s Garland Theater for refreshments, and the films start at 7. Tickets are $10 in advance at Mountain Gear or $12 online or at the door. Check Facebook for more info.