Feb 4
Sunday, February 4, 2024 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm The Blue Note
17 N 9th St.
Columbia, MO 65201

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a national event that has been held every year in Nevada City and Grass Valley, California for the past 22 years. The festival is then made available to go on tour throughout the country for other communities to enjoy the inspirational stories the films convey. The short films cover a variety of topics from preserving natural spaces and addressing climate change to protecting wildlife.

In the past, our friends at Missouri River Relief (MRR) have hosted the festival in Columbia, MO for the people of Missouri to view the films and be inspired by their message. However, MRR has approached MCE and asked us to take over the event going forward, and we gladly accepted!

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of films and community!

  • Doors – 1pm
  • Films Begin – 1:30pm
  • Intermission – 2:45pm
  • Films Conclude – 4:30pm

Ticket Info

  • $50 – VIP (includes reserved seating at a private table, movie snacks, and drink tickets)
  • $20 – General Admission
  • $10 – 16 and Under

MCE Members receive a 20% discount on tickets when their member discount code is entered in the “Unlock” button next to the the section where you choose the amount of tickets to purchase. Contact Carmen Harris to confirm your membership and to receive your code.

Renew or become a member here.


The following films were selected by our team for this year’s On Tour festival. They focus on environmental activism, climate change, and environmental justice.

They say National Parks are America’s greatest idea. Some of the most beautiful and sacred places in all the world. Well, for some people… there’s still room for improvement!

Dave and Callie (6 years old) spent the first three weeks of Covid19 distancing in a make-shift shared studio now called the Quarantine Attic. It’s an original story depicting a critical yet child-like observation of human consumption habits and the social reinforcements that influence it.

Oshkigin – Spirit of Fire shows the ways that traditional fire uses can reconnect us with the land and preserve the natural world.

A small town, like so many, grapples with evolving from a fossil fuel past to a more sustainable future

Natasha didn’t grow up believing that “Black people don’t do that,” was going to be a limiting factor in her life. Not only does she ride dirtbikes, skate and surf, she is passionate about sharing those skills with others. Along with her friends at Ebony Beach Club, Natasha is reclaiming waves, introducing others to the ocean, and spreading a love of surfing through her community. Her joy is palpable on each wave and whether it’s dipping toes into the water, dancing in the waves, or getting on a board, EBC is creating an inclusive space on the beaches of Los Angeles which is making waves in their community. Made in partnership with Claima Stories and Sperry, “Reclaim Your Water” is a three-part short documentary series that poignantly highlights how communities of color can reclaim water as a healing and enjoyable experience for all.

An Iowa farmer reacts swiftly when he hears that radical climate marchers plan to camp in his tiny town and disrupt the peace. What he does after that offers a lesson for would-be peacemakers everywhere on both sides of the political spectrum.

As pastor of the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, the Reverend Rodrick Burton champions many causes — including renewable energy. Meanwhile, St. Louis Sustainability Director Catherine Werner pushes for energy efficiency and solar workforce programs that support underserved communities. Explore how these efforts come together to help a coal-powered city emerge as an environmental leader.

In a not too distant future, the once picturesque city of Lucerne (Switzerland) has become uninhabitable due to the climate crisis. Beginning in an abandoned kitchen, the scope of the change is revealed on an ever-increasing scale, until finally the dried-up Lake Lucerne can be seen. 3,5% is is a hybrid of computer animation and live action. The audio features excerpts from interviews with climate activist Greta Thunberg.

A jet-setting mountain climber confronts his carbon footprint while becoming an activist in the fight against climate change.

From the disappearing wildlife in his hometown Owen Sound to the news stories about the melting of Greenland, psychotherapist Anderson Todd explains how unravelling ecosystems around the world have affected his psyche and his relationships. How do we respond to collapse without collapsing ourselves? A film about civilizational collapse and existential anxiety.

Abandoned for generations amidst in the ruins of coal country, the Little Conemaugh river and the communities it flows through are poised for an unlikely rebirth.

Local Sponsors

We wish to thank the following sponsors for helping bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Missouri this year!

National Sponsors