California Conservation: Indigenous Rights & the Yurok Tribe

We learned about the cultural conservation efforts of the Yurok Tribe in Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future by Bay Area filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most. Find out more about the latest happenings surrounding this tribal culture.

Encore Screening - Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future

Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future won the 2018 Festival juried Green Fire Award for the best of independent filmmaking in the Bay Area. Directors Kevin White and Stephen Most intend to use the $1K cash prize to continue promoting their film and reaching out to even larger audiences. Don't miss the Oct 25 Encore Screening at Sports Basement! Tickets only $5.

From the Rim Fire of 2013 to the Wine Country wildfires of 2017, Wilder Than Wild reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires. There is much at stake. Landscapes that store water and carbon, produce oxygen, and feed and shelter a diversity of wildlife are at risk.

6pm :: Doors
6:30pm :: Film
7:30pm :: Guest speaker. Meet directors Kevin White & Stephen Most in person at the screening.
8pm :: Raffle! Prize: Film Pass for the 2019 San Francisco Green Film Festival.

Location: Sports Basement

610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129

Movies merely have stars. The San Francisco Green Film Festival displays a whole constellation. I have learned a great deal from the films I’ve seen there over the years, and I've encountered, in person and on screen, inspiring people. This year’s festival was the best of all. I feel proud to have participated in it and encouraged to know the work that others who took part in the festival are doing. - Stephen Most

Watch the Trailer

Watch Again: 2018 Green Film Fest Spotlight on Filmmakers Podcast - Kevin White & Stephen Most

 

Yurok Tribe & the Klamath River

How do we restore and manage the lands we love and depend on?

The proactive use of prescribed fire by tribes like the Yurok can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, and in Wilder Than Wild, we see the California Yurok tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire.

Yet the Yurok also face other conservation obstacles. For the third year in a row, the Yurok had to cancel salmon season and commercial fishing on the Klamath River due to low rivers levels and industrial water allocations

The Klamath water crisis initiated a surge of indigenous activism and conservation efforts - currently being spearheaded by Amy Cordalis, general counsel for the Yurok Tribe, and first enrolled Yurok Tribe member to hold that position.

"The Klamath water crisis and ensuing fish kill marked a pivotal moment for the Yurok Tribe. It shaped a generation of people, many of whom feel a fierce responsibility for a river that not only carries fish and water, but centuries of stories and struggle as well." - High Country News: How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River