There was a culminating moment for me last night at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival where I could have just had an outburst of excitement and joy. It was when the music for the W&SFF intro began. It’s this high note piano melody that if done with a slightly different tone arrangement could have gone into a horror film. I’m thinking Jason and a campsite. But in this instance it was beautifully done and we had listened to this music so many times that when the lights went down and the screen lit up all I could think of is that WE DID IT! YES!
Two years of wanting this to happen and two months of intense learning, arranging and planning have now reached its pinnacle and was being executed. That’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. The Masters of Ceremony, Lyle Estill, Tami Schwerin and Gary Phillips were exceptionally wonderful and we are so glad that they took the time out of their schedules to help us bring this environmental film festival to Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the surrounding area.
It was a great evening of inspiring films that showed how individuals can make a difference and affect positive change in their community.
Spoke ‘n Revolutions Youth Cycling (SnR) and The ReCYCLEry are excited to be the first to bring to Chapel Hill and Carrboro some of the favorite films of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the United States. We are proud to live in two iconic towns that are full of activists and people choosing to make a difference in the world. Spoke ‘n Revolutions and The ReCYCLery choose to make a difference in the everyday lives of individuals by building confidence, grooming future leaders and giving many the means to transport themselves to wherever they desire to go. SnR does this by taking teens on bicycle tours across our state and country so that they may learn about the environment around them, the community they live in and most importantly, themselves. The price of admission: Community Service.
The ReCYCLEry has been doing its thing for 11 years. Teaching the art of bicycle mechanics and self reliance by giving the community the means to have reliable transportation that they themselves earned through their own community service. In addition, The ReCYCLEry refurbishes bikes to be given away during the Christmas season and catastrophic moments when bikes were in need of replacement due to tornado or hurricane.
I’m happy to say that we are just as proud of our accomplishments as we are to have Lyle Estill of Piedmont Biofuels, Tami Schwerin of The Abundance Foundation and Gary Phillips of Weaver Street Realty to have been our Masters of Ceremony for the event. These three local environmental champions are affecting change in a community of change makers. We welcomed their participation in this inaugural environmental film festival.
Of the films featured at the historic Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill was “A Corner Plot”; an inspiring story of what one man can do with a small plot of land in the middle of a bustling city. Also, there was the story of how Jen Slotterback and her husband were “Finding Their Way” in stopping their beloved park from being leased out to an industrial gas drilling company in a story on Fracking. And our personal favorite, the powerful story of the bicycle as a necessary means of transportation and empowerment in “My Own Two Wheels”.
Spoke ʻn Revolutions and The ReCYCLEry perceive cycling not only as a potential solution to many of the problems faced by North Carolina, but as part of a bigger strategy to reduce an environmental footprint. All of our refurbished bikes are built from Triangle area donations and saves useful bikes from entering the waste-stream. We help to empower the community by enabling economical transportation and providing youth an opportunity for some of the best project based learning and leadership training in the area. Empowerment of the people is a very important part of what we do. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a natural extension of SnR and The ReCYCLEry’s work to inspire you to act on behalf of the environment in any way you see fit.
see you next year. stay wild and keep it scenic.
Video montage of festival films. Listen for the piano at 43 seconds in.