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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

April 15, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Save the Date!

Saturday, April 15th 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

or Virtually On-Demand anytime April 15 – 19!

Event Description: The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmental groups across the globe to host the film festival to reach into their communities and bring together a diverse audience. The goal is to use film to inspire activism. Landmark Conservancy hosts the festival to increase community understanding of our connection with the planet and role as stewards to protect it for future generations.

Location: Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University in Hayward, WI

Tickets available at the door! $20, cash or check only.


3:00 p.m. Welcome Ceremony
             Dennis White, Tribal Elder and Landmark Staff
3:20 p.m. Film Program Begins
4:20 p.m. Intermission
4:30 p.m. Guest Speaker, Paul DeMain
              Land Back – Time for Reconciliation and Self-Sufficiency
5:00 p.m. Film Program Resumes
5:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
6 – 8 p.m. Optional Post-Event Gathering
               Join us for pizza at Big Fish Golf Club

Guest Speaker, Paul DeMain

Presentation: Land Back – Time for Reconciliation and Self-Sufficiency

This presentation will be available at the in-person event only.
Paul Demain Headshot
Paul DeMain

Paul DeMain also known as Skabewis, (Oneida/Ojibwe) is a Bear Clan Citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. A former news editor, DeMain is currently the Chairman of Honor The Earth, and a Board member of Akiing 8th Fire, both organizations involved in community organizing,  land back programs with Indigenous based projects involved with hemp, thermal solar and agricultural farming programs.

DeMain will briefly discuss several of the projects he is currently involved with on Madeline Island and the region that involve land back acquisitions and potential future conservation of important bogs, rivers and forested lands that have produced food and medicines for Native people for thousands of years.

Check out the Film Festival Trailer!

Learn more about our featured films below!

Featured Film: Breaking Trail

Emily Ford sets out with Diggins, a borrowed sled dog, to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers and discover they’ve become figureheads in the movement to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone.

Featured Film: sym-bee-osis

In sym-bee-o-sis, scientists discover that the alliance between bees and plants depends on an unexpected third partner: microbes! But the chemicals we use in agriculture are putting this ancient partnership at risk.

Featured Film: Kumu Niu

The island of O'ahu is covered with coconut palms, but for fear of liability, the vast majority of these sacred trees have been stripped of coconuts. The grassroots movement "Niu Now" is on a mission to restore the "niu," or coconut, as a fundamental food crop in Hawai'i and spread the Indigenous wisdom of "aloha 'āina:" loving land and serving people.

Thank you to our Silver Sponsor!

We Energies Foundation Logo

Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors!

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital
Wild Rivers Trout Unlimited
WOJB Radio
Courte Oreilles Lake Association (COLA)


April 15, 2023
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm