Madison: join us for the 15th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Feb 13, 2024 | Citizen Advocacy

On March 21, River Alliance of Wisconsin and the Barrymore Theatre will host the 15th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival. In partnership with the South Yuba River Citizens League, the festival aims to inspire people to paddle, explore, learn and take action to defend our priceless water.


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Thursday, March 21

Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave. Madison, WI 

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Program begins at 7 p.m.

Buy tickets now online through or at Barrymore Theatre outlets in Madison. The evening includes the chance to win door prizes from Fontana Sports and national sponsors and enter a raffle contest to win a beautiful wooden Langford Canoe courtesy Rutabaga Paddlesports.

This year’s films have strong themes of people who connect their love of paddling with art and advocacy. Films include stories of the transformative power of paddling in the lives of tribal teens and Chilean women. Other films focus on the importance of dam removal, building resilience to climate change, and representation of people of color in outdoor recreation. 

“We are excited to share these inspiring films that connect our rivers and art,” said River Alliance of Wisconsin Executive Director Allison Werner. “We particularly invite people to join us to view “INWARD,” a film by Chris Brown about artist and angler Michi Meko, and “Finding the Line” about artist Alexandra “Chachi” Riesco and her connection to nature.”

Featured films

Artist Michi Meko poses in front of his paintingsINWARD

Michi Meko is a postmodern cartographer and artist who lives within the parallels and meridians of two distinct worlds . . . the Urban world and the Rural world. Michi is highly influenced by his surrounding urbanization and the disposability of humanity, culture, injustice and waste. He’s influenced by nature and wilderness and its ability to heal and inspire. As a fly fisherman and outdoor enthusiast, Michi found his place and voice in nature. His journey inspires a new mindset and possibilities for everyone, especially African Americans. Dir. Chad Brown.

Artist Alexandra “Chachi” Riesco admires her artwork that is inspired by waterFinding the Line

From slicing through rapids in a whitewater kayak to carving into a plate while printmaking, Alexandra “Chachi” Riesco draws lines between geologic forces and her work and play — but following her own line isn’t always easy. As Chachi navigates challenges, her art highlights the importance of our connections to nature.


Thanks to sponsors: Rutabaga Paddlesports, Deer Creek Cheese, Fontana Sports, Delta Beer Lab, Sitka Seafood Market, Community Shares of Wisconsin, Econoprint, Numbers 4 Nonprofits, Lauer Realty Group, Park Bank, and Spencer Real Estate Group.

– Stacy Harbaugh, Communications Director


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