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Wildlife Film Fest, March 20

Ireland's Shannon River featured in Wildlife Film Fest

Uganda's vanishing glaciers profiled in short

On Friday, March 20th , the award-winning "On a River in Ireland" will be featured at the International Wildlife Film Festival, playing at the Ukiah Civic Center at 101 Seminary Avenue. The evening starts at 6:15 pm with mellow bluesy rock by Kim Monroe. Films begin at 7 pm. Winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the IWFF in Missoula, Montana and the grand prize at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, "On a River in Ireland" (60 min.) follows Colin Stafford Johnson on a journey along the River Shannon, Ireland's greatest geographical landmark and the longest river in Ireland and Britain. For 340 kilometers, the river carves its way through the heart of the country, almost splitting it in two. On its journey, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where little-known backwater wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else in Ireland. The film follows the river from dawn to dusk over four seasons, capturing its ever-changing moors and exploring the countless waterways, islands, and lakes that make up the entire river system. Also playing: "Snows of the Nile" (20 min.). Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains rise 5000 meters from the heart of Africa. At their summits are some of Earth's only equatorial glaciers. But these "Mountains of the Moon," whose existence caused a sensation in Europe when they were first climbed in 1906, are changing fast. "Snows of the Nile" follows two scientist/photographers on an ambitious expedition to recapture historical glacier imagery taken by Vittorio Sella on the legendary 1906 expedition led by the Duke of Abruzzi in order to visualize the impacts of a century of climate change. The Wildlife Film Festival will play on consecutive Fridays through March 27. Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds from the film festival are an important funding source for the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP), a special program of the Ukiah Unified School District that provides outdoor environmental education program to over 2,000 students a year. For a full program of the film series and more information about the RVOEP visit its website, To find out more about RVOEP, contact Maureen Taylor, Education Coordinator, at 489-0227.

Roberta Werdinger

Writer, Publicist, Editor

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