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Ausable River Association hosts virtual film fest

WILMINGTON — The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host the virtual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

This event is inspired by the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, which is curated by the South Yuba River Citizens League and held during the third week of January.

For Dec. 5, AsRA has chosen 12 films from that festival that will be shown on a virtual platform. AsRA’s Executive Director Kelley Tucker and Donor Outreach Associate Tyler Merriam will introduce the films and their connection to the local natural world.

“The festival is a natural extension of AsRA’s work to inspire the public to get more involved in conservation efforts in their local communities,” Tucker said. “This year’s theme is hope, and each film is a visual gem that celebrates the planet and the tireless work being done to protect it.”

Ticket revenues and donations will support the Ausable River Association and its year-round programs in the northern Adirondacks. AsRA is a local, science-based, solution-oriented non-profit organization that helps communities protect streams and lakes.

Feature films include:

¯ “(RE)CONNECTING WILD,” a story of the decade-long effort by the Nevada Department of Transportation and its partners to improve human safety by reconnecting a historic mule deer migration that crosses over U.S. highways

¯ “Sniper,” a close look into the world of a conservation dogs and how they’re helping New Zealand scientists protect the critically endangered yellow-eyed penguins

¯ “A Living River,” an exploration of how organizations like Riverkeeper and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation use lessons learned from its past to protect the recovering ecosystem of New York’s Hudson River.

Trailers can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dee0_-x5AB0.

The virtual lobby doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. The films are being hosted on www.qudio.com. Tickets cost $10 for students, $25 for general admission and $40 for a household, and can be purchased online at https://qudio.com/event/AusableRiverNY/register.

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