Following last year’s success, Julian’s 2nd Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, benefitting Volcan Mountain Foundation, returns May 17 – 19, 2013 with an expanded program with 44 new films, almost twelve hours of unrepeated screening time, broken into 9 sessions from Friday to Sunday and a weekend of entertainment to delight audiences of all ages!
The festival kicks off Friday night @ 5PM with a “Meet the Filmmakers” opening night reception at the lovely Blue Door Winery, 2608 B Street, with wine tasting and scrumptious hors d’oerves, followed by one-time only screenings of “One Beach” and “A Fierce Green Fire’ shown in our new 300 seat venue at Julian High School, 1656 Highway 78. There will be a dessert reception afterwards.
New this year – the only films that will be repeated on Sunday will be the 5 films where the filmmaker will be in attendance to speak – so you’ll want to be sure to purchase a festival pass to see all 44 of the unique films the festival has to offer!
And for the first time, we will be offering a kids program on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – featuring films highlighting extraordinary and inspiring environmental contributions by young people. Following the Saturday morning kids film session, Naturalist and educator, Greg Hill, will host a children’s nature workshop called “Wonders in Nature” at the Elementary School Garden area, right next to the high school. It will begin at 10:30 am and go till 12:00 noon so kids can make a craft and enjoy nature while their parents watch the films next door at the high school.
The film festival program continues on Saturday with films screenings and short talks by filmmakers in sessions lasting between one hour and 15 minutes to two and a half hours, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 18, the sessions start at 9:00 a.m. and finish at 6:15 p.m.
What can you do in addition to viewing amazing environmental and nature films? Enjoy guided hikes on Volcan Mountain on Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 8:30 a.m. with free transportation to the trailhead leaving from Town Hall at 8:15. Attend a local filmmaker workshop with Chris Elisara on Saturday during the lunch break or with Jim Karnik from 4 pm to 5:30 pm – or a filmmaker panel with all 8 filmmakers on Saturday from 6 – 6:30 p.m. There will also be a screening of Threatened, about the California Sea Otter by local filmmaker Bill Wisneski during the lunch break on Sunday. You can enjoy delicious culinary offerings from Julian’s outstanding chef Jeremy Manley, who will have his new Food Truck parked at the High School. Delicious vegan and vegetarian fare will be available onsite as well. Or walk down Main St and sample Julian’s famous pies, eat at some of our great restaurants, and shop in Julian’s unique craft stores.
Be sure to attend the Film Festival Party on Saturday night from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. at Wynola Farms Marketplace! Listen to the mellow blue grass music of Chris Clarke and Plow during the silent auction and dance the night away to Grand Canyon Sundown – both crowd favorites from last year’s festival.
This is a weekend not to be missed!!!
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