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For Immediate Release, November 5, 2007

Contact: Keri Dixon, Membership Director, Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 396-1134

Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Tucson: Tickets on Sale Now!

TUCSON, Ariz.– The largest environmental film festival on the West Coast is sharing its magic with southern Arizona for a second year. Join the Center for Biological Diversity when it hosts the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour at the Loft Cinema on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 6:45 p.m. There will be a follow-up Q & A session with a filmmaker at Raging Sage Coffee Roasters on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival on Tour brings together award-winning environmental and adventure films in a spirit of inspiration and education and stands apart from other film festivals. It will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in your community and around the world. The second year brings fresh features spanning topics from whitewater rafting and public health to ocean conservation efforts and sustainable urban farming.

The films for this Tucson screening were chosen from among the favorites at the annual film festival held in Nevada City, California each January. The festival has grown to receive local, regional, and national plaudits for celebrating the spirit of environmental activism and has become the largest traveling festival of its kind in North America.

This year the Tucson program includes a short film about the impact of sonar in the world’s oceans and another about indigenous people of the Amazon. Filmmaker Erin Kiley said of Lethal Sound, “This powerful movie illustrates what sonar does to whales caught within its range, and explains how whales, dolphins and other marine animals can be protected.” Larry Lansburgh, creator of Dream People of the Amazon, said, “The connections between us and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest are profound. I am delighted that the Center for Biological Diversity has selected my documentary as part of the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival.”

“We’re excited to celebrate the films and share inspiration to learn more and do more,” said Keri Dixon, membership director at the Center. “New this year is a follow-up Q & A session with one of the filmmakers. I’m thrilled that we can offer our audience the opportunity to come back with questions, discuss the films, and exchange ideas.”

Since its founding 18 years ago in the Southwest, the Center for Biological Diversity has become the nation’s leading nonprofit advocacy group for endangered plants and animals, winning protection for more than 350 species and 70 million acres of habitat. Headquartered in Tucson, the Center also has offices in New Mexico, California, Oregon, and Washington, DC, and is supported by more than 35,000 members nationwide.

A benefit for the Center’s work, this event will be an entertaining and moving experience not to be missed. Special thanks go out to the event’s major sponsors, Patagonia and Summit Hut.

Event Details:
Wednesday, November 14, 2007: Doors open for ticket sales at 6:00 and show starts at 6:45 p.m.
Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance with cash or check at Tucson Summit Hut and Bookman’s locations. Or buy online at

Follow-up with a filmmaker:
Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Raging Sage Coffee Roasters, 2458 N Campbell Avenue, Tucson
Free admission

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