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Watch some movies this weekend, maybe save the planet
Wild and Scenic Film Festival aims to inspire activism
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Dive into environmental conservation and sustainability during Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s fifth annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, May 11 at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a happy hour including light appetizers, beer from SweetWater Brewing Company and raffle prizes. During this time people will have the chance to mingle and meet with local organizations who share the mission of protecting the environment.

Some of these groups include the Sierra Club, Northeast Georgia Locally Grown and Elachee Nature Science Center.

The films begin at 7 p.m., encompassing a collection meant to illustrate the Earth’s beauty, challenges facing the planet and communities around the world who protect the environment.

Hannah Warner, Gainesville’s headwaters office outreach coordinator, said the films for Saturday’s event were selected from 80 choices sent from the South Yuba River Citizens League.

“We spent two months sifting, voting and arguing over these films,” Warner said. “Our goal is to inspire activism through film.”

The films collectively will last for 120 minutes. Two of the local picks include “A Georgia Climate Story,” made by students from the University of North Georgia and “River Revived,” by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

All of the funds raised during the event will go toward Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Neighborhood Water Watch. The nonprofit has facilitated this program since 2010. Every week volunteers collect water samples from tributaries that flow into Lake Lanier, then test for E.coli, murkiness and other measures of water quality.

Volunteers also give visual surveys, looking for any obvious signs of poor water quality like garbage, dead fish and spills.

The nonprofit currently has 30 sites for the program, each requiring $1,000 a year to stay afloat.

Warner describes the festival as a “celebration of the diversity of groups who are making a difference.”

“We hope that people who come to the festival leave with a better understanding of what we do at Chattahoochee Riverkeeper,” Warner said. “Whether a single person who has made the switch to use reusable grocery bags, or a CEO who has chosen sustainable packaging products — everybody can make a difference in their own way.”

People can purchase tickets for $20 until Friday, May 10 by visiting or at the nonprofit’s headwaters office on 104 Washington St. SE in Gainesville. The price of tickets will increase by $10 at the door. All ticket purchases include an annual membership to Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

For more information email Warner at or call 678-696-8866.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

What: Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s fifth annual fundraiser event

When: 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11

Where: Brenau Downtown Center — 301 Main St., Gainesville

Tickets: $20 before Friday, May 10 evening or $30 at door

More info: or 678-696-8866

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