Outdoor Auntie and Utah Film Center’s Black Bold & Brilliant program are partnering with Tracy Aviary to present the Wild & Scenic Film Festival as a fundraising event. Together, we are hosting a night of adventure and exploration under the stars unlike any other programming currently offered in the state.
Join us on Friday, June 9th, for a pre-Juneteenth celebration to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ communities engaging with outdoor sports, public lands, and environmental activism with outdoor films and local vendors on the lawn.
All tickets include admission to Tracy Aviary and will be donated to Outdoor Afro National and Black, Bold & Brilliant. We’ll have food and refreshments for purchase at The Bird Feeder Cafe so bring your blanket and chairs. Arrive early for the birds and stay for the movie!
Can’t attend the in-person event? The films will also be available online!
Doors at 7:30pm, the screening will begin at dusk (approx. 9:15 PM).
Event is 21+ only.
ABOUT THE FILMS
SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival inspires environmental activism and a love for nature–through film. Wild & Scenic shares an urgent call to action, encouraging festival-goers to learn more about what they can do to save our threatened planet.
Diverse We Run
3 min | USA
A daughter of immigrant parents, Carolyn Su, gained confidence through running. But she noticed runners like her were rarely represented. She asked herself, why? To combat racism, Su amplifies BIPOC voices to show the next generation what is possible on her platform “Diverse We Run”.
10 min | USA
Eeland Stribling is many things: fly fisherman, wildlife biologist, Colorado native – but most notably, he is an avid stand-up comedian. Born and raised in Colorado, Eeland is doing his part by exposing the outdoors world to those who have historically not grown up with it. As a man of color himself, he is redefining what it means to be an outdoorsman in America – but more importantly, an advocate for preserving the world’s natural wonders.
13 min | USA
For time immemorial, climbing has been a traditional activity for Kanaka Maoli. While history shows Native Hawaiians climbed over mountains and scrambled rocks to trade goods and information with their neighbors, today few Indigenous members of the tropical islands practice climbing actively. For Skye Kolealani Razon-Olds, climbing is a way to connect with her ancestors.
Miles to Go
8 min | USA
In 2022 alone there have been over 300 anti LGBTQ+ bills proposed in various states across the country. Refusing to sit idly by, trans trail runner Perry Cohen (he/him) formed a team of fellow runners who identify as trans men with an aim to compete in races in states proposing and passing hateful legislation. Miles to Go follows their journey into the world of trail running and the freedom to be themselves on the trail.
Black Like Plastic
10 min | USA
Black Like Plastic draws parallels between Black people in nature and plastic in the environment, and touches on the Black experience outdoors.
14 min | USA
Ripples is a short film about finding community in the uplands, and the profound difference one person can make, just by putting positivity into the world. When Douglas Spale, a Black man adopted into a mixed-race family from Nebraska, hears a request for more diverse role models in the upland hunting world, he answers the call. The film follows Spale as he shares his passion for hunting, and what it means to be a positive role model to others.
What’s In A Name?
13 min | USA
Brazilian immigrant and professional climber Maiza Lima confronts the history of racism and misogyny in American culture while developing her own new sport climbing area in rural Montana that celebrates the true diversity of the sport and our world.
16 min | USA
Trust is the foundation of our backcountry relationships: with ourselves, each other, and even the land, these are the spaces that define us. Yet in this process of becoming—alpinists, ski partners, Latinas, ourselves—snowboarder Dani Reyes-Acosta and skier Lani Bruntz learn that the journey isn’t just the destination.
30 min | USA
Emily Ford sets out with Diggins, a borrowed sled dog, to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers and discover they’ve become figureheads in the movement to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone.
Black, Bold & Brilliant is proudly presented by Utah Film Center with support from KRCL.
BBB, as part of our free film programming, is supported by the Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation.
BBB is also supported by the Salt Lake Arts Council, Utah Humanities (UH), and the National Endowment for the Arts.