Water surrounds sharp volcanic looking green covered hills, a person stands in the foreground on top of one of the hills.

Join us tonight for the Wild & Scenic Film Fest!

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We are excited to present the Wild & Scenic Film Festival! While we are not able to enjoy each other’s company in person this year, we have simulated as much of the in-person event as we possibly can. If you still need to get your tickets, use discount code ADVENTURE25 to save 25%.

About the festival

Tune in live on Thursday, or watch at your leisure through March 18

Join the live event on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30pm Pacific (films start at 7:00pm), or watch anytime March 11–18 (your ticket includes unlimited viewing through March 18).

This Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by the Mono Lake Committee is a fundraiser for our beloved Outdoor Education Center (OEC) program which has connected youth, environmental and social justice groups, and other residents of Los Angeles to a source of their water in the Mono Basin for over 25 years. We’re excited to share the films we have selected for this year’s festival, many of which celebrate themes and messages that are often experienced during OEC participants’ week long stays in the Mono Basin. During the festival, you will also learn more about the OEC program from staff and special guests. All event proceeds directly support the OEC.

Film program

This year, we are featuring nine short, inspiring environmental films, with a ten-minute intermission. Learn more about each film in the carousel below

Tonight’s event

6:30pm – “Doors” open – get your film-watching set up dialed and grab a snack or mix up a themed cocktail

6:50pm – Slideshow to music with photos from the Outdoor Education Programs and scenic shots from the Mono Basin for you to enjoy

Act I (7:00pm)

Geoff McQuilkin, Executive Director
Santiago Escruceria, Outdoor Education Center Manager
Milton Hernandez Nimatuj, Southern California Program Director, Communities for a Better Environment

Matagi Mālohi: Strong Winds (3 min)

Water Flows Together (11 min)

Cracked (5 min)

Remarks by Nora Livingston, Lead Naturalist Guide

The Bird Nerds of Mono Lake (6 min)

From Kurils with Love (24 min)

Remarks by Andrew Youssef, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Intermission (~8:00pm)

Join in the chat and we’ll announce the lucky raffle winners. Make a donation during the live event and be entered into a special raffle for a camp chair.

Act II (~8:10pm)

Remarks by Bree Salazar, Mono Lake Intern

Maneuvers (4min)

If I Tell Them (12 min)

Remarks by Rose Nelson, Education Director

Transcending (9 min)

Becoming Ruby (19 min)

Remarks by Sally Gaines, Co-founder and Board of Directors

Silent auction

We’ve added a silent auction to the festivities this year! Bid on a variety of outdoor clothing, gear, and fun prize packages to benefit Outdoor Education Center programs.

Auction items include binoculars, backpacks, Patagonia apparel, bike bags, art supplies, artwork, and goods from some of our favorite Black-owned and Indigenous businesses as well as popular items from our own independent bookstore right here at Mono Lake. 

The auction is open through Friday, March 18, which is also the end of the on-demand festival viewing window.

Raffle prizes

Check out all the raffle prize packages you can win this year! Every ticket to the festival includes at least one free raffle ticket. Winners will be announced below each prize after the raffle.

Cocktail recipes

During intermission, you can make one of Robbie’s signature cocktail recipes. Robbie is the Committee’s Restoration Field Technician.

Tufa Tower
Whiskey Sour

  • 2 oz whiskey 
  • 1 oz orange liquor  
  • 1 oz lemon juice 
  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled class.
  3. Garnish with a lemon peel. 

Between the Scenes

  • 1½ oz gin 
  • ½ oz orange liquor 
  • ½ oz lime juice 
  • 2 dashes bitters  
  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled class.
  3. Garnish with a lime peel. 

Film Festive

  • 6 blackberries (plus additional for garnish) 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 1 oz lemon juice 
  • 1 rosemary stem (plus additional for garnish) 
  • 3-6 oz sparkling water 
  1. Combine blackberries, maple syrup, and rosemary in a container and muddle.
  2. Mix in lemon juice and strain syrup into a glass.
  3. Add crushed ice and sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with additional blackberries and a fresh rosemary stem.  

Technical support

Watching the festival on your computer

  1. For optimal viewing, please make sure that you are using the most up-to-date version of your web browser prior to logging in to Qudio. Qudio’s preferred browser is Google Chrome. Here are links to up-to-date versions of web browsers supported by Qudio: Google ChromeMozilla FirefoxApple SafariMicrosoft Edge
  1. Log into Qudio.com with the user name (hint: your username is your email address) and password you created when you purchased your ticket, or click this link.  
  1. Once you’re logged in, find and click on the event in ‘My Events.’ Press the ‘play’ button and the program will begin automatically at 7:00pm. If for some reason the films do not start at the set show time, please refresh the page. 
Watching the festival on other devices (including smart TVs)
Possible technical issues

Scenario 1: You already logged on, then clicked the registration link again around the time of the event and are presented with a screen that says ‘you are already registered.

  • There should be a link on the page to sign in. If so, click that link and enter the credentials you used to initially purchase your ticket. You should then see the Film Festival under ‘My Events.’

Scenario 2: You are logged on, then clicked the direct link to the stream around the time of the event. Now you’re presented with a screen with two options ‘Log Out’ and ‘Your Account.’

Other Issues: 

  • If the stream is lagging or stalled, or if you seeing the ‘spinning circle,’ please try refreshing the page. This may be a bandwidth issue.
  • If you encounter a message that reads ‘quota exceeded,’ you may have used your allotted bandwidth and might have to find a new internet connection.

Still need help?

If you are still having technical problems, use the yellow question mark (bottom right corner of Qudio.com) to chat with Qudio support or email info@qudio.com. If you have general festival questions, please email filmfestival@monolake.org.

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