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Environmental and adventure film festival celebrates 10 years

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Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee and Patagonia Lake Tahoe host Lake Tahoe's Premier Environmental & Adventure Film Festival benefitting the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership.

The 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival South Lake Tahoe combines award-winning environmental and adventure films with the energy of local activism.

"Our film festival fulfills a unique niche in the Tahoe area with our focus on outdoor adventure, environmental activism and local films," Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Program Director Lynn Baumgartner said.

Featured films will include outdoor adventures, environmental battles and inspirational stories of people making a difference.

The film festival is Thursday at the MontBleu Showroom, 55 Highway 50 Lake Tahoe.

"This year we've chosen adventure films with a message and inspiring environmental stories to encourage the audience to take action on issues that impact our environment, ourselves and our world," Baumgartner said. "The films highlight the beauty of our natural world, the awe of outdoor adventure, and the determination of people making a difference. This festival is unique."

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Featured films are "The Little Things" by Darcy Tureene and Marie-France Roy, and "Sufferfest 2" by Cedar Wright.

Eight other films ranging from 2-45 minutes will also be shown.

"The Wild & Scenic Film Festival in South Lake Tahoe brings the town together every year to celebrate all the things we love about living in the mountains," South Lake Tahoe resident Katie Riley said. "I always leave feeling inspired to do more to help my local community and the planet. I never miss it."​

The 10th annual film festival will feature a VIP backstage reception, a silent auction, giveaways and beer and wine.

The film festival will also include an activism area where festivalgoers can learn more from Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership members about the issues affecting the Sierra Nevada.

It will be a zero waste event, with recycling and composting available at the venue.

"As a visitor, my favorites are the films about local issues," Dan Haeger of Fremont, Calif., said. "I like learning about what I can do to protect the place I come to bike and ski."

Advance tickets are $12 for Sierra Nevada Alliance members, $15 for nonmembers and $10 for students.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org/events and at Patagonia South Lake Tahoe.

Tickets will be available at MontBleu the night of the show for $20.

Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

For more information about the festival, contact Baumgartner at 530-542-4546 or Lynn@sierranevadaalliance.org.