NEVADA CITY, CA.  (April 5, 2022) – After having to postpone in-person festivities this January, Wild & Scenic Film Festival is looking forward to returning to theaters to celebrate Earth Day Weekend with several film screenings and special events.

On the morning of Saturday, April 23rd, join for Family-Friendly program of films at the Del Oro theater in Grass Valley.

Down Om Farms
Down Om Farms

Also, on the 23rd, the public is invited to join a field trip to tour Down Om Farms. The event happens in partnership with the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance and will allow participants to learn about regenerative cannabis farming, and gain insights into many of the subjects explored in the 2022 official selection film Lady Buds, which screens Sunday. An early RSVP is recommended as space is limited.

On Sunday, April 24th, events kick off at 10am with a Coffee Talk with local author Shirley DicKard at the Center for the Arts. Join this discussion around her new book “Heart Wood: Four Women, for the Earth, for the Future,” a novel about women, family, and the importance of taking care of nature for next generations.

2022 People’s Choice Award Winner Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective
2022 People’s Choice Award Winner Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective

Several film screenings are slated for the rest of the day at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts. At noon there will be a screening of 2022 People’s Choice Award Winner Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective followed by a panel discussion about indigenous knowledge featuring Nisenan tribal spokesperson Shelly Covert, Washoe Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Darrel Cruz, and ethnohistorian Dr. Tanis C. Thorne.

At 4:30pm the 2022 official selection Lady Buds will screen. After the widely praised decision to legalize cannabis in California, six courageous women come out of the shadows of the underground market to enter the new commercial industry. But with excessive government oversight and regulations that favor well-funded corporations, these trailblazers risk everything to fight for a piece of the American Dream in the very market they helped create.

This film has been getting a lot of attention lately, and it was just announced that a scripted feature adaptation and a non-scripted series spinoff are in the works. See what the buzz is all about and join us for a screening of the film followed by a talk with special guests, including film subject, Chiah Rodriques, and Nevada County Cannabis Alliance Executive Director, Diana Gamzon.

The 2022 theme for Earth Day is “Invest In Our Planet” – because a green future is a prosperous future. When you support SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival you are investing in our planet in a variety of ways. You are helping us to sustain our programming, which reaches tens of thousands of attendees each year, inspiring activism and lifting community organizations. You are also helping to support the work SYRCL does to unite the community to protect and restore the Yuba River watershed.

There is a membership discount for all SYRCL and WSFF members. Please contact SYRCL or (530) 265-5961 ext. 210 to become a member or renew.

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COVID-19 Policy: WSFF is following Nevada County regulations, which are subject to change. At this moment, proof of vax and negative tests are not required. Masks are recommended. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.


One of the nation’s largest environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic Film Festival combines stellar filmmaking, cinematography, and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire, and ignite solutions to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for generations to come. Festival-goers are treated to a wide variety of award winning films, including those about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy, wildlife, and environmental justice. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is hosted and produced by South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL). The flagship festival kicks off a nationwide tour bringing Wild & Scenic films to more than 75,000 people annually.