FRWA’s 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival


Location: Live Virtual Event
Tickets starting at $20

FRWA is thrilled to bring the greater Farmington River Watershed community together for our 3rd Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival as a live-stream event that you can watch with family and friends from the comfort of your own couch! Please join us Thursday 7-9 pm on November 19 for an array of environmental films that will leave you inspired. This event is a benefit for FRWA and proceeds support the work we are doing to protect your river.

What are we celebrating? 62 miles of the Farmington River and Salmon Brook are Wild & Scenic! In 1994, a 14-mile stretch of the West Branch Farmington River from Hartland to Canton became a federally-designated. In 2019, the Lower Farmington River from Burlington to Windsor and the Salmon Brook received designation. This is quite the accomplishment – and we are proud of it! Come celebrate with us and learn about FRWA’s work on behalf of the river.

Festival goers will receive a link to watch the live streaming film program with an online chat from the comfort and safety of your own home with your family. If you missed any of the films, you will have the opportunity to watch them as Video on Demand for 5 days after the live event.


  • “Doors” open with live chat at 6:30 PM and shows start at 7 PM
  • Raffle items from local businesses
  • Video on Demand for 5 days after the live event

Get your tickets today!

Sneak peek of the films we will be screening:

Blue Carbon

“Blue carbon” is carbon that’s captured and stored by coastal wetlands, helping to mitigate climate change. This film is about mud and the multiple benefits that estuaries provide for us. “You never go into a wetland and just restore one benefit,” says wetlands ecologist John Rybczyk. It improves water quality, provides salmon habitat, protects our shorelines, and also benefits our climate.

Last Call for the Bayou – Ch. 2

Dr. Alex Kolker is the face of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, better known as LUMCON, one of the premier research institutes working to understand the mechanisms and impacts of coastal land loss. He has spent the last decade studying subsidence and sea-level rise in an effort to understand whether or not restoration will be sufficient to stem the loss of land. In this episode of the 5-part ‘Last Call for the Bayou’ series, Dr. Kolker will walk us through the current restoration projects and whether or not they are having the desired impact, he will show us how New Orleans sinking and the state has a plan to save the coast.

Nature Now

Made with no flights, recycled footage, and zero net carbon. Given away for free. Viewed 53 million times, played to the United Nations. This film is a personal and passionate call to arms from Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot to use nature to heal our broken climate.


Feel of Vision

In 1997, Lonnie Bedwell lost his eyesight in a brutal hunting accident. Lonnie’s faith in most basic abilities was shaken and depression started to weigh heavy on his life. Eventually, Lonnie came across a kayak and fell in love with the challenge of white water. The rest is history as Lonnie set off for the west and became the first blind man to take on the 226 miles of the Colorado River.


Rocky Intertidal Zones

Filmed on the stunning Oregon Coast, this short film follows a 7-year-old boy as he explores rocky intertidal zones. Prehistoric creatures and art materials further inspire musings about ancient and present day life.


Insect Guardian – Butterfly Paradise

82-year-old Willem bought a remote potato farm field back in 1980 and transformed it into a butterfly paradise. For almost 40 years, he has worked the land with shovel and scythe in order to preserve the butterflies. Willem’s paradise has become one of the most important habitats in the region for these fluttering beauties. But Willem has a problem. Due to an overload of nitrogen in the air, Willem’s flower-rich butterfly paradise gets slowly driven away by a monoculture of grass. Butterflies that used to be common just a few decades ago are rare these days or have completely disappeared.

Detroit Hives

East Detroit urban beekeepers Tim Paule and Nicole Lindsey are a young couple working to bring diversity to the field of beekeeping and create opportunities for young Detroit natives to overcome adversity. Detroit ranks fourth in the United States for the most vacant housing lots with well over 90,000 empty lots to date. In an effort to address this issue, Detroit Hives has been purchasing vacant lots and converting them into buzzing bee farms. ‘Detroit Hives’ explores the importance of bringing diversity to beekeeping and rebuilding inner-city communities one hive at a time.

A Few Acres at a Time

Lani Malmberg, a self-identified “gypsy goat lady”, brings life back to the land with her herd of 500 goats.


Plastic Warriors

Kristal Ambrose also known as “Kristal Ocean” battles plastic pollution in The Bahamas.



A Living River

Despite its polluted reputation, the Hudson River is teeming with life. From the tiny Glass Eels to the massive 14 foot long Atlantic Sturgeon, a vital web of life defies decades of oppression. Organizations like Riverkeeper and New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation use lessons learned from its past as a bustling commercial fishery to its present as an ecosystem in recovery in order to protect its future.



Orvis Fly Fishing

– Free Half Day Guided Trip On The Farmington River (value $350) All equipment with the exception of waders will be provided.


LAM Yoga

5 Class Pass New Hartford, CT (value $75) Practice at the LAM Yoga studio in New Hartford (set up with covid safety precautions) Learn more at




2 hour Boating Lesson (value $120) Two hours in your canoe or kayak with a seasoned paddling instructor, David Sinish. Join David as you learn to make your paddling efficient and graceful:  go faster with less effort. Your choice of difficulty from basic “what is this thing called?”,” how do I get in/out” to “what makes the boat move” and  “paddling silently without splashing.


Milkweeds Hair Shop (value $125)

Located in Collinsville Milkweeds Hair Salon gift card – located at 30 Depot St, Collinsville, CT – Gift Bag includes: Milkweeds Hair Shop Hair Cut, Café Moreno Shampoo Bar, Lulu Organics Hair Power, Setspray Hairspray, and a Handmade Mask & Bag. 

CT River Candles

gift bags (2) (value $34.45 ea) CT River Candles was inspired by the beauty of the Connecticut River. Our soy candles are hand poured in the Farmington Valley, using 100% natural soy wax. Family-owned local business.


Rebel Dog Coffee Co.

gift card (value $25) Locations in Plainville and Farmington





gift cards (value $100 and $50)

Klean Kanteen

insulated bottle (value $29.95) Vacuum insulated TKWide bottle was created with versatility, portability and performance to create the best water bottle, coffee mug, sport bottle and insulated cup in one package. The 16oz TKWide comes with the leak proof Café Cap with easy-carry swivel loop and features our TK Closure™ internal thread design. 



FRWA cups & river map (value $27) Two Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel 10 oz cups with FRWA and Wild & Scenic Film Festival Logo and the Quick Waters, Smooth Waters: A Paddlers’ Map to the Farmington River, by David and Carrie Sinish.



FRWA literature & cards (value $40) Literature Gift Bag includes: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold (hardcover), My Healthy Stream – A Handbook for Streamside Owners, A Short History of the Farmington River, and 8 notecards of the Saville Dam by Sharon Farber.

Peak Design

shoulder bag (value $99)

Sierra Nevada

hat & tote bag (value $25)



Kayaking Triple Crown #21 by Photographer Tom Cameron (value $84)

FRWA’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is brought to you by our sponsors:

The Farmington River Coordinating Committee and the Lower Farmington River & Salmon Brook Wild & Scenic