If you want to alter your perspective on the world around you, this year’s community WILD Fest provides the perfect opportunity.
A new perspective on the moon, the revelation of unexpected wonders in your backyard, and captivating stories from behind the scenes of one of humanity’s greatest achievements in exploration are all awaiting WILD Fest film-goers.
Jackson Hole WILDis pleased to announce the lineup for this fall’s free community WILD Fest film screenings, which are part of the organization’s annual science fair and film festival over the first weekend in October.
Three of the four WILD Fest films are finalists in Jackson Hole WILD’s 2018 Science Media Awards (Sept. 25-27 in Boston). The film lineup follows:
- “Backyard Wilderness,” will show at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, proving that Wi-Fi isn’t the only connection that matters. The film follows a young girl and her family living next to the woods, and is sure to surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. The film is up for the “Engaging Young Scientists” Award.
- “The Farthest: Voyager in Space”and the short “A New View of the Moon”will highlight WILD Fest Space Night beginning at 7 p.m., also on Saturday, Oct. 6.
A finalist in four Science Media Awards categories, “The Farthest: Voyager in Space”captivatingly tells the tale of NASA’s Voyager mission, which revolutionized planetary science and gave us a new understanding of the outer solar system.
“A New View of the Moon”is a finalist for the Science Media Awards Micro Movie category and will change your perspective of things on Earth in just 3 minutes.
- “Native America,”a premiere of an upcoming PBS series, will kick off the weekend of activities on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The special event is in conjunction with WyomingPBS and will include a live Native American drum and dance group performance by students from the Arapahoe schools on the Wind River Reservation.
“Native America”weaves modern science with living indigenous traditions and oral histories to bring to life the ancient and still-thriving culture whose splendor and ingenuity is only now beginning to be fully understood and appreciated.
All WILD Fest activities – includingan interactive science fair between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6– are free, family-friendly and take place at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.
“These free community events wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of more than 30 science partners, plus a number of organizations who donate time and sponsorships,” said Cindy Harger, Community Partnerships and Events Director for Jackson Hole WILD.
WILD Fest sponsors include: Center of Wonder, Jackson Hole Airport, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, ThinkWY|Wyoming Humanities, Wyoming PBS, WESTAF, Wyoming Arts Council, pARTners and Wyoming Stargazing.
The special film screenings are courtesy of: Crossing the Line Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studies, and Irish Film Board for PBS, Wylie Overstreet, Alex Gorosh and Providence Pictures.