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‘Sharing Waters’ film chosen for film festival


The film “Sharing Waters” recently has been chosen as an official selection for the 16 th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

The film was a collaborative effort by Discover Your Forest, the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and Deschutes National Forest to produce a video targeted to middle school students about the importance of ‘sharing water’ in Central Oregon’s High Desert ecosystem.

The video includes contributors from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the North Unit Irrigation District, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Central Oregon Visitor Association and the city of Bend, who all spoke to the complexity of river management and its connected resources. Wahoo Films was also instrumental in the production of this film.

The video features a charismatic host played by 8 th grader Craig Chisholm and has been enhanced using curriculum specifically designed for Central Oregon students by the educators at Bend’s Environmental Center. The Environmental Center has since shown the film to over 200 students who are learning about watersheds and the interconnectedness between water users.

Environmental Center Sustainability Educator Jackie Wilson says, “Teachers throughout Central Oregon will have public access to the video and corresponding lesson” and that they’ve “received great feedback on its message and presentation”.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, taking place January 11-15, 2018 in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California, will feature films that educate citizens on pressing environmental issues and inspires the audience to take actions towards protecting the wild and scenic values of the environment. The films will be screened to an audience of more than 5,000 people. “Sharing Waters” will be among other films in the running for awards within different categories including Best in Show, People’s Choice, Spirit of Activism, and many others.

The film is now available on the U.S. Forest Service YouTube channel for all to enjoy. It can be viewed here:

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