For a contemplative night out, try the Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The festival features 13 films that show just what our planet is facing and what people like you are doing about it. The stories, originally shown at the annual fesitval in California, visualize what it means to protect our home. The Summit Land Conservancy hopes this festival will remind the community the importance of protecting our environment, particularly the open spaces of Park City and Summit County.

The films, 2–27 minutes each, range from a visual poem about catching fish for the first time to a comic look at the problems with plastic bags. The films will have you laughing, and possibly crying, as they teach, inspire and challenge you.

Backyard, Snows of the Nile, and Ryan's Stories are just some of the films that will be featured. Backyard looks at how environmental costs close to home force a shift in perspective and Snows of the Nile (shown above) shows the drastic changes glaciers at the equator have gone through in the last century. Ryan's Stories, produced locally, follows Ryan Hudson from living on the streets to snowboarding semi-professionally and spreading the transformative nature of the outdoors.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be on April 24 from 6:30–9 p.m. at the Jim Santy Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, proceeds benefiting Summit Land Conservancy and Local Open Space.