You’re Invited to this Free Community Event

Enjoy 80 minutes of short, inspiring films featuring diverse voices in the outdoors and meet your local community organizations!

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust, Latino Outdoors, Grassroots Ecology, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and Bay Area Ridge Trail as we host the Representation Matters: Voices of Adventure Film Festival at Camino Brewing Company in San Jose on Saturday, September 30th, from 6 – 9 P.M.

The films are selected from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival library, and highlight stories about people with diverse experiences and identities in the outdoors. Film themes include recreation, activism, community, accessibility, finding belonging, and more! You can find a list of the films below.

Enjoy these inspiring films and discuss them with other passionate local people and environmental groups during intermission.

The event is free and in person, but please register by ordering tickets below! Kids and pets are welcome. There will be a no host bar and food available for purchase. We will also be providing a Video on Demand option to watch virtually from Sept 30 – Oct 8.

The event will be hosted outdoors in the beer garden. Please stay home if you feel sick.

Agenda

  • 6:00 P.M.  Arrive early to order food and drinks and check out the booths of our sponsors and local environmental groups
  • 7:00 P.M.  Film begins
  • 7:00 – 7:40 P.M.  First half of film program
  • 7:40 – 8:10  P.M.  Intermission: Mingle with other guests and learn about our event partners
  • 8:10 – 8:50  P.M.  Second half of film program
  • 8:50 P.M. Closing
  • 9:00 P.M.  Event conclusion

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About the Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Considered one of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic features award-winning short films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, Native American and indigenous cultures.

Film Selection List

Our film selections from the Wild and Scenic Library focus on themes related to recreation, activism, community, indigenous culture, finding belonging, and more! These stories highlight diverse voices in the outdoors.

Diverse We Run

A daughter of immigrant parents, Carolyn Su, gained confidence through running. But she noticed runners like her were rarely represented. She asked herself, why? To combat racism, Su amplifies BIPOC voices to show the next generation what is possible on her platform “Diverse We Run”. This short film is part of the Limitless series with Outside.

Wading for Change

For conservationist and angler Jr Rodriguez to become “like the pictures he saw in magazines,” he had to leave behind what he loved the most. By juxtaposing Jr’s origins in Houston, Texas, and his current home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we share his journey of learning to love the outdoors and what it can be like to participate in outdoor sports in Western mountain towns as a person of color.

Black Like Plastic-Nature, Culture, and People

Black like Plastic highlights some of the inequities that exist in the Black commun ity in relation to the environment. locally produced and created, the story is shot on Cal ifornia’s Central Coast. Chris Ragland, founder of The Sea league, nal’rates the film bringing to light the connection between access, outdoor recreation, and advocacy. Featured in the film are youth, parents, and environmental advocates.

Elevated

In an effort to make the outdoor and rock climbing industry more inclusive, Deaf climber Sonya Wilson shares her testimony in overcoming barriers and gaining acceptance while hosting climbing retreats with both hearing and Deaf outdoor enthusiasts. Through the trials and traumas of her childhood, Wilson has become elevated — embodying the belief that being Deaf is a gift that does not make you less than.

Uncharted Waters

What is it like to be surrounded by gang activity then suddenly experience an overnight adventure on the river? In fall or 2021, we got to follow along as Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention organization in the world, took 50 of their members on an overnight whitewater rafting trip with All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting. Most of the individuals had never been camping before, let alone rafting, and some had never left Los Angeles County. It was such an impactful experience that Homeboy Industries has made it an annual tradition, and they reunited on the river this past September.

High Road

High Road celebrates the unbreakable bond between Paralympian Meg Fisher and Jack Berry, a young para-athlete who’s cycling career is just beginning to unfold. Together, the two navigate life’s obstacles with grace and integrity- creating space for the next generation of para cyclists.

From My Window

From her bedroom window, Melissa Simpson looks out at the highest peaks in Colorado. Despite being so close, the mountains have always been worlds away for Melissa, who was born with cerebral palsy. With the help of her friend and mentor, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, Melissa sets out to conquer something far greater than a summit. Through humility and grace, Melissa proves that what is within us, is stronger than what’s in our way.

About the Host

Peninsula Open Space Trust protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in the Peninsula and South Bay. Since 1977, POST has protected over 86,000 acres in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties.

About our Event Partners

You’ll have the chance to meet representatives of these groups before the start of our films as well as during the film festival intermission:

Latino Outdoors is a unique, Latinx-led organization working in support of a national community of leaders in outdoor recreation, conservation and environmental education. They inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.

Grassroots Ecology leverages the power of volunteers to create healthy lands across Silicon Valley. They restore native plants to open spaces and neighborhoods, steward creeks and watersheds and provide hands-on nature education. POST and Grassroots Ecology partner to lead LGBTQ+, Women, nonbinary, Spanish-speaking, and POC affinity group events.

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society promotes the enjoyment, understanding, and protection of birds and other wildlife by engaging people of all ages in birding, education, and conservation. POST and SCVAS partner on the quarterly Queers of a Feather LGBTQ+ birding affinity group event.

Bay Area Ridge Trail plans, promotes and sustains a connected hiking, cycling, and equestrian trail on the ridgelines around San Francisco Bay—linking people, parks and open space for today and future generations.

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Address

Camino Brewing Co. and Beer Garden is located at 718 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113

Parking

There’s street parking available and under the 280 overpass.

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