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Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017

Friday, February 24, 7pm
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

Love rivers? Fishing? Both? Our friends at Schultz Outfitters are hosting this year’s Fly Fishing Film Tour. The spectacular locations, notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in this year’s line up of films are guaranteed to lead you on an adventure around the globe! Check out the Tour’s Stoke Reel for a taste. Tickets available at the shop.

The Ozernaya River, Russia. Credit: Rolf Nylinder.

The Ozernaya River, Russia. Credit: Rolf Nylinder.

Need convincing? Just take a look at the photo and description for “At the End of a Rainbow” which features the Ozernaya River in a remote corner of Kamchatka in Far East Russia.

In one of the most intact eco-systems left in the Northern Pacific, rainbow trout eat mice for breakfast, and the salmon run in the hundreds of thousands. This bounty attracts two kinds of people; those who want to protect, and those who want to exploit. Rampant salmon poaching is big business on Kamchatka, and once the salmon are gone, entire eco-systems collapse. “At the End of a Rainbow” explores how fly fishing can help protect the wilderness, and celebrates the beauty and wonder of one of the most vibrant places on Earth.

When you get to the F3T, stop by the HRWC booth to learn about efforts to protect our home waters and our river’s well-known bass fishery!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Comes to Ann Arbor, April 21

Celebrate Earth Day! Watch inspiring award-winning films like “eXXpedition” and meet local non-profits working together to protect the environment.


“eXXpedition” follows the journey of 14 women who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean on a scientific research mission to make the unseen seen – from the plastics and toxics in our oceans to those in our bodies. A story of sailing, science, female leadership, exploration, citizen engagement and the vital interconnections between human and environmental health – it aims to inspire hope for a healthier future.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Date:  Thursday, April 21, 2016
Location:  Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
Time:  Doors open at 6pm; films start at 6:30pm

Tickets are available online through the Michigan Theater.
$10—general admission
$8—students and seniors and donors to any of the presenting organizations
$7.50—Michigan Theater members (Gold members will not be admitted for free) and host organization members

Featured films include eXXpedition, Monarchs and Milkweed, I Heard, Soil Carbon Cowboys and HRWC’s own Osprey Return to the Huron, produced by local film makers 7 Cylinders Studio.

Motivation to take on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges often stems from a personal connection to nature and the resources involved. Wild & Scenic films speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet telling stories about the environment and outdoor adventure.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour is a collection of films specially chosen by local hosts from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, California. Now in its 14th year, the 5-day event features over 150 award-winning films, guest speakers, celebrities, and activists. The home festival kicks-off an international tour to over 150 communities around the globe.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Ann Arbor is hosted by a unique partnership of six locally based environment and nature organizations – The Ecology Center, Huron River Watershed Council, Legacy Land Conservancy, Leslie Science & Nature Center, School of Natural Resources and Environment through the University of Michigan, and The Stewardship Network.

Videos That Make a Difference

PSAs, PSAs and more PSAs . . .A Hero Rises

In addition to HRWC’s own PSA,  “A Hero Rises”  produced by our Saving Water Saves Energy project with Detroit Public Television and funded by the Masco Corporation Foundation, we are happy to report that several local college students have been bitten by the film arts bug! I am currently working with a terrific group of Washtenaw Community College students and their instructor Matt Zacharias to review and debut a bevy of Huron-related PSAs (coming in January).

And this is just in from the University of Michigan!

Ever wonder how people understand and make sense of climate change? Ever wanted to convince people that the issue is important? Well now is your chance.

The Erb Institute, in collaboration with the department of Screen Arts & Cultures, has sponsored a competition to create the best student-produced video aimed at engaging the public in climate change.

Public voting for student-produced videos for the Climate Change Communication Challenge is now open!

They challenged U-M students to create a public service announcement that would inspire positive action on climate change. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. Now is your chance to weigh in on the best video!

The video receiving the most votes will receive the $1,500 Popular Vote Award. The poll closes at 12 PM EST onThursday, November 21.

Spread the word! Encourage your friends, family, students, and colleagues to vote!


Fly Fishing Film Tour

Friday, February 22, 6pm
Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor

Support HRWC by watching films!fall-run-ss1

The  2013 Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Ann Arbor to share stunning films from places as diverse as the jungles of Thailand, northern California, Alaska, the Potomac River and even the “trophy waters” of Michigan’s own Au Sable River. These films are guaranteed to deepen your love of fly fishing or inspire you to learn the sport.

Take a look at the F3T Trailers, then get your tickets. If you’ve ever spent time fishing or paddling the Huron River or even helping HRWC look for stoneflies or other macroinvertebrates at one of our Roundups, you won’t want to miss this!

Discount tickets are available for HRWC members — $13 each (regularly $15).

Buy two tickets and F3T will donate half the proceeds back to HRWC.

Discount tickets available at:

Schultz Outfitters
4 East Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI

HRWC Offices
1100 North Main Street, Suite 210-A
Ann Arbor, MI
734-769-5123 x 602 (Pam Labadie)

HRWC Partners with AAFF for Psychohydrography

Art meets environment at the Ann Arbor Film Festival — stunning video on water makes the festival line-up!

HRWC is a community partner of the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival for Psychohydrography, patient Sunday, March 27, 1:30pm, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor which features an analysis of the flow of water from mountain to aqueduct, ailment city to sea.

The video by Peter Bo Rappmund, recorded on HD video and constructed entirely from single frame photography, was shot at and around the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Owens Valley, the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the Los Angeles River and at the Pacific Ocean. The program also includes several short, beautiful 16mm films by Rose Lowder.

HRWC members, please utilize the special HRWC code (AAFF49HRWC) and get $4 off the advance ticket price ($9 standard).

DCO features HRWC river protection films March 6

Environment and art connect!

The Dexter Community Orchestra will hold a special screening of films from HRWC’s Millers Creek Film Festival at its performance, Sunday, March 6, 4pm at the Center for Performing Arts at Dexter High School. Admission is free and open to the public. 

The screening will be a fun introduction to the Orchestra’s performance of Evan Chambers’ beautiful and moving piece entitled “Watershed for Orchestra”.

The  Millers Creek Film Festival is a video contest featuring original short films and public service announcements that convey a connection between people and water and that inspire the protection of the Huron River.

Audience members will see the winning films from the 2010 Festival and a collection of favorites from the past five years, including some that present one of today’s most pressing threats to the Huron and our fresh water supplies, polluted runoff.

HRWC is currently accepting rolling submissions of originally produced videos and nominations of the best of YouTube for the Film Festival. See the Millers Creek Film Festival Website for more details. Come to the March 6 screening for inspiration!

Walking Brutus Captures Hearts of Film Fest Audience

The Bright Futures Film Club takes home the "Millie Award" for best Short Film School-Age category at the Millers Creek Film Fest on March 19. Photo: M. Akemann.

Walking Brutus, a charming silent film captured the hearts of judges and audience alike at the Fifth Annual Millers Creek Film Festival this past Friday winning the Short Film School-Age category.  The film about “a little bit of poop” was produced by the Bright Futures Film Club at Wayne Memorial High School, a team consisting of filmmakers Jessica Denny, Hope Kaminiski, Margaret Van Dyke, Korie-Lynn Whitlark, and Michael Wright.  Bright Futures is an after-school program funded by an Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and  facilitated by Marty Stano, a 2009 Millers Creek Film Festival winner for his work Runoff Lemonade.

Other winners included Our Environment:  Through the Eyes of a Child, by Ron Merritt of the Woods Creek Friends, winner of the  Short Film-Adult Filmmakers category; and Huron River, by Blair Neighbors, winner of the 30-second Public Service Announcement category.

CLICK HERE to see ALL the winning films at our Millers Creek Film Festival page and details about the event or go to the Festival’s YouTube Channel at to see winners from 2008-2010.

Bake a Batch for the Huron

Donate your favorite cookies to the Millers Creek Film Festival!

HRWC is seeking cookie donations for the reception that follows our Millers Creek Film Festival, sickness
Friday, March 19, 2010,
at the Michigan Theater,
603 East Liberty, Ann Arbor.

From the humble oatmeal raisin to the most decadent chocolate chip and everything in between, clinic we traditionally get some of the best homemade cookies around — something the crowd looks forward to every year!

Bakers planning to come to the festival, look which starts at 4:30 and runs until 6pm, can bring cookies with them.

Those who aren’t able to stay should plan to deliver cookies anytime between 3:30 and 4:30pm.  We’ll have a volunteer standing by at the theater entrance to receive your cookies.

Make sure you label your cookies with your name, the kind of cookie, and whether they have nuts.  The crowd will need this information in order to rave about how good they are!  And we’ll want to be able to thank you.

E-mail or call Pam at, (734) 769-5123 x 602 if you will donate cookies.

Make a short video for the Millers Creek Film Festival

Entries are due Tuesday, February 2, 2010.

Here’s one to inspire you.  Submitted by filmmaker Marty Stano, “Runoff Lemonade” was the winner of the 30-second public service announcement category at the 2009 festival.  The judges especially appreciated Marty’s clever approach in showing that indeed everything we put into our stormdrains or on our lawns winds up in the river. 

Go to the Festival website at for details on how to enter.

See more inspiring videos at the festival’s YouTube Channel

E-mail us at  if you have already started to make a film and plan to enter it for the 2010 festival!

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