Film Benefit for Spokane River to Inspire Activism

Next Thursday, April 26, head to Spokane’s historic Garland Theatre for a viewing a several river-themed films in the 4th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The environmental films will revolve around themes ranging from the simple beauty of nature to current environmental issues. Each of the short 4-15 minute-long films are meant to inspire.

Your attendance at the film fest will make it easy to turn inspiration into action: all of the event benefits go the Spokane Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization that will directly advocate for fishable and swimmable Spokane river water for years to come. (Read this past Out There article written by the Spokane Riverkeeper on the cleanliness of the Spokane River.)

While you can feel good about your $15 ticket doing a good deed, you’ll also have the chance to win various outdoor gear or a guided fishing and river rafting trip. These prizes have been donated through wonderful local businesses such as Mountain Gear, Row Adventures and Silver Bow Flyshop.

The event venue will host numerous non-profits and businesses who care about making a better environment in our community. Chat with environmental advocates and grab a pint of Riverkeeper IPA from River City Brewing before the  films.

“The Spokane River is a hub for our community,” said Paul Fish, founder of Mountain Gear, in a recent press release for the event. “Supporting the work of the Spokane Riverkeeper and their protections of the river is good for recreation and good for the quality of life in our community.”

You can purchase your $15 ticket for the event in advance at Event Brite or at Mountain Gear store on 2002 N. Division Street in Spokane. You can also purchase tickets at the door on the night of the event. Event doors will open at 6:00 p.m., and films will start at 7:00 p.m.

Catch a preview of one of this year’s films, “Wild Owyhee,” in the below clip, and check out the 4th Annual Wild & Scenic Facebook Event page for more detail.

The 4th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival of Spokane is sponsored by the following local non-profits and businesses: Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited, Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club, Riverside State Parks Foundation, Fly Fishers International, The Spokane River Forum, Silver Bow Fly Shop, Out There Outdoors, Voltric Electric and Spokane Solar, Eco Depot, Save Our Wild Salmon, Row Adventures, Spokane Parks and Recreation Program, and River City Brewing. National partners include Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Orion Magazine, Kleen Kanteen, Earthjustice, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.

 

Event time: Doors at 6:00 p.m., Film at 7:00 p.m.

Event place: Garland Theatre, 924 W Garland Ave, Spokane, WA 99205 (509-327-1050).

Tickets: $15

 

Read this Out There article written by Jerry White Jr., the Spokane Riverkeeper himself, titled Is Our River Clean?