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Environmental film festival confirmed for July

By Sally High
Special to The PREVIEW

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan is coming to downtown Pagosa Springs on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27.

Proceeds from the Film Festival will benefit Pagosa’s Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership.

Film festival guests will enjoy two days of award-winning documentaries at the historic Liberty Theatre, followed by discussions and receptions at various downtown locations.

More than one of the chosen films concerns our most valuable natural resource — water. “Watershed: Exploring a New Ethic for a New West” won the Best Feature at the 2012 CEFF. Filmed on the Colorado River, the film explores the needs of a growing population in our region as we experience increasing demand, rising temperatures and lower rainfall.

“Remains of a River” follows two kayakers as they navigate the 1,700-mile Colorado River from its headwaters to salt water.  After traveling through wild canyons and massive reservoirs, they’re unable to reach the ocean’and must portage the last leg of their trip.

“The Last One” documents human use of the scenic Yampa River, the last undammed wild river in the state of Colorado.  This short movie dives into 2011’s thousand-year flood of the Yampa and explores conservation and energy issues the Yampa faces today.

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, an educational nonprofit organization, is building a multi-purposed greenhouse garden to enhance the west end of the San Juan River Walk in Pagosa’s Centennial Park. The Golden-based Colorado Environmental Film Festival is already preparing for 2014, its eighth year. Organizers of the week-long CEFF and the GGP’s two-day Caravan event have collaborated this spring to design this inaugural mini-Film Fest for the Four Corners.

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership is fulfilling its educational purpose by bringing the CEFF Caravan to Pagosa, as GGP volunteers pursue funding for construction of the GGP Park. Proceeds from the two-day event are dedicated to construction of infrastructure and greenhouses.

Ticket prices range from $10 per session to $100 or more for a two-day wristband.

Please visit www.pagosagreen.org for more details and links to reserve your seats.

Contact the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership at ggp@pagosagreen.org.

This story was posted on June 13, 2013.