Int'l Wildlife Film Series starts March 2
- International Wildlife Film Series
Coming to Ukiah
Six Friday Evenings of Film and Live Music
Ukiah will soon be hosting its first annual international wildlife film
series, complete with award-winning films, live music, and
refreshments. The handpicked film masterpieces come from Montana�s
prestigious International Wildlife Film Festival�s post festival tour.
The series will open on Friday, March 2 at the Ukiah Civic Center with
the breath-taking film Hokkaido, Garden of the Gods (Best of Festival)
and will continue at the civic center every Friday night through April
6 (see schedule in box). This extraordinary program is a benefit for
Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP), a community supported
project of the Ukiah Unified School District.
Each evening�s multi-media, family-friendly activities will begin at 7
p.m. with 30-40 minutes of live music followed by a feature film and
sometimes an additional short. Refreshments will be for sale at
intermission and the program will end by 9 p.m. Tickets are now
available at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah and Leaves of Grass
Bookstore in Willits for a suggested donation of $50 for the series and
$10 per evening. Tickets will also be available at the door.
This program offers a rare opportunity for Mendocino residents to view
world-class cinema on a full screen in a convivial community atmosphere
� and be filled with awe at the world�s natural wonders in the process.
A good turnout at all six evenings will help ensure the establishment
of this series as an annual event and will also assist RVOEP to
continue its inspiring work with children.
RVOEP provides outdoor environmental education and indoor classroom
follow-up to more than 2,000 school children each year. On a unique
45-acre woodland bordering the Russian River, students spend many
fascinating hours learning about soil formation, forest and stream
ecology, the habits of our local and migratory wildlife, and much more.
RVOEP�s hands-on curriculum is sowing the seeds of stewardship in the
young people who will be the future conservators of our local landscape
and the wildlife within it.
To get to Ukiah Civic Center, take Perkins St. west to North State
Street. Turn left, and then right on Seminary Avenue. Proceed to the
Civic Center parking lot. For more information go to www.rvoep.org.
Film Schedule: (all programs begin at 7 p.m. at the Ukiah Civic Center)
Friday March 2
HOKKAIDO, GARDEN OF THE GODS
Swept by winds from the high Arctic, Hokkaido is a land of towering
volcanoes and fairy tale forests. Brown bears plunge for salmon in icy
streams, fish owls wade for frogs, and courting Japanese cranes perform
ballet in the snow.
SPIRIT MANDALA (short)
A fascinating look at the amusing similarities between human beings and
animals.�Musical Entertainment by Spencer Brewer
Friday March 9
LIFE IN THE UNDERGROWTH: Invasion of the Land
March alongside millipedes, squirm with giant 2-meter worms, and watch
velvet worms use glue - who needs science fiction?�Musical
Entertainment by Steve Hahm
Friday March 16:
ANDES TO AMAZON
Weird and wonderful animals roam across a land full of extremes �
mighty rivers, high plains, rich seas, and dry deserts.�Giant
anteaters, sloths, and red-faced monkeys all seem to have been built
for a very strange and unfamiliar plan. Musical entertainment by Daniel
Friday March 23:
ECHO OF THE ELEPHANTS: The Final Chapter
The true story of a remarkable elephant and her family. Echo is the
wise and gentle matriarch who has successfully led her family through
good times and bad for over 30 years. Musical entertainment by Nick
Friday March 30:
THE QUEEN OF TREES
Queen of Trees details amazing symbiotic relationships between wildlife
and plants in the natural world�set against a backdrop of grand Africa.
Musical entertainment by Chris Gibson, Phyllis Binder, and Dori Kramer
Friday April 6:
BLUE PLANET: The Deep
The sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring.
Chronicling the mysteries of the deep, shore creatures, sea mammals,
tidal and climatic influences, Blue Planet is the definitive
exploration of the marine world.
Peregrine Falcons are the fastest birds on earth. For the first time
ever, you can �look into the eye of a falcon as it dives.� Musical
entertainment by Kim Monroe
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