Thursday October 13th, Assateague Coastal Trust and the Assateague COASTKEEPER proudly host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at Seacrets in Ocean City, MD.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is an annual event held in Nevada City, California, now in its ninth year.  The films in the festival all celebrate the planet or bring forth environmental concerns.  They provoke thought, embrace the world in which we live, and have the ability to inspire change.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. SYRCL’s goal is to join a number of grassroots organizations together through film to inspire activism—a natural extension of Assateague COASTKEEPER’s work.

Jim Rapp, ACT’s Outreach Coordinator explained the importance of bringing this festival to the area, and how it relates to the current work being done by the local organization.

“I have watched the films that we are showing next Thursday, and most are truly inspiring. I think we all need to be inspired to continue our work to protect our coastal water, open spaces, and wildlife. Locals will certainly gain inspiration from these films, and will hopefully get involved with the Assateague COASTKEEPER to keep our coastal waters swimmable, fishable, and drinkable.”

After speaking with another regional waterkeeper regarding their partnership with SYRCL, ACT wished to bring the festival to the Ocean City area.  The community and area businesses made this possible.

“We are grateful to local businesses like South Moon Under, Seacrets, and the Maryland Coast Dispatch, as well as the Town of Berlin for helping us bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Seacrets in Ocean City,” said Assateague COASTKEEPER Kathy Phillips.

“Everyone who attends will receive a free membership to the Assateague Coastal Trust. Wild & Scenic will help us reach our goal of 212 new members in 2012, which is the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act,” continued Phillips.

To attend:

  • The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held on Thursday, October 13 in Morley Hall at Seacrets on 49th Street in Ocean City, MD.
  • Doors open at 5:00 p.m., films  begin at 6:00 p.m. Door prizes, including a Patagonia Gear Giveaway, will be awarded at intermission.
  • Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online here.
  • For More Information: please contact Jim Rapp at or by calling 443-614- 0261.