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Wild & Scenic Film Festival :: Tempe

Our Wild & Scenic Film Festival tour stop provides an evening of inspiring and educational films that aim to build a groundswell of environmental interest and motivate people to make a difference in our urban community. The theme and purpose for this year’s festival is exploration and stewardship of Arizona’s wild places.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tempe

Saturday, October 6
5:00 - 7:00pm        Mixer, The Handlebar & Grill
6:00 - 7:00pm        Community Reception, courtyard at Galvin Playhouse
7:00 - 10:00pm    Wild & Scenic Film Festival, ASU Galvin Playhouse

ASU Galvin Playhouse
southeast portion of the Nelson Fine Arts Center
51 E 10th St, Tempe 10th St & Mill Ave
directions       parking


We are delighted to screen two local films this year - Viva la Verde! and Last of the Great Unknown. Viva la Verde! explores the Verde River, which provides a ribbon of life through the harsh desert, forming an important and rare ecosystem. Man has made use of the river for hundreds of years but today unrestricted groundwater mining threatens the Verde's future. Will citizens accept their role as stewards of this emerging national treasure before it's too late? Filmmaker Hugh Denno explores this question in Viva la Verde!, a film that will empower the viewer to take action to ensure the Verde River has a long and healthy future.

Our second local film and new feature, The Last of the Great Unknown, is an award-winning documentary that showcases the Grand Canyon’s secret and intimate drainages rarely visited by man and the canyoneers who systematically explored these harrowing slots—often risking their lives to bring to light some of the Canyon's most remarkable features.

Shorter festival films pose complex environmental problems and innovative, community-based solutions through beautiful imagery, uplifting stories, and moving characters.

See additional 2012 film trailers.


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The Handlebar & Grill | 680 South Mill, Tempe
The Handlebar & Grill is a locally owned bicycle-friendly contemporary beer garden with a large selection of local and craft beers along with a small selection excellent of excellent German foods including sausages, fries, and pretzels.

Our pre-festival social mixer will provide special pricing on food & drink, as well as a chance to mingle.


6:00pm at Galvin Playhouse
Join us before the films begin at Galvin Playhouse to explore a variety of educational displays, community organizations, local artists, and more!

LIVE MUSIC! featuring
The Petty Thieves.


Enter to win great prizes from our local and national sponsors.Or, bump it up a notch, and purchase a New Membership (for renewing members, too!) - you'll be entered to win a special raffle package courtesy of McLean Meditation, Geo Savvy Tours, and Elias Butler Photography!

ASU Galvin Playhouse
Nelson Fine Arts Center
51 E 10th St
Tempe AZ 85287
10th St & Mill Ave
directions    parking

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The film festival will help the Arizona Wilderness Coalition build membership, raise much-needed funds, and increase awareness of our efforts to “protect and restore wilderness and other wild lands and waters in Arizona for the enjoyment of all citizens and to ensure that Arizona's native plants and animals have a lasting home in wild nature.”

We always needs lots of volunteers - a great way to meet new people and help a great cause.

DISCLAIMER The Arizona Wilderness Coalition (AWC), Wild & Scenic Film Festival, South Yuba River Citizens Alliance (SYRCL), or other affilliated party to the film festival, are in no way affiliated with ASU or the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.


For more information, to volunteer, become a sponsor of this event, or to reserve a block of tickets, contact:
Carla Olson,, or 480-201-6762


-Arizona Wilderness Coalition mission statement