Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future


Cowell Theatre Sat, Sep 8, 2018 5:30 PM
Film Info
Director:Stephen Most
Kevin White
Year of Production:2018
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Climate Action
Indigenous People
Science & Technology
Wildlife Protection
SF Bay Area Filmmaker
Running Time:57 min.


"We are experiencing now the fires of the future.” - CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott.

Bay Area filmmakers take us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013 to the Wine Country wildfires of 2017, revealing how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires. There is much at stake. Landscapes that store water and carbon, produce oxygen, and feed and shelter a diversity of wildlife are at risk.

Along the way, we learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, we see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and we meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on.

First shown as a work-in-progress screening at Green Film Fest 2015.


Expected guests: Directors Stephen Most and Kevin White; Elizabeth Azzuz, Cultural Fire Management, Council of the Yurok Tribe; Thomas Willson, Yurok Tribe; Mike Shukin, firefighter; Patrick Koepele, Executive Director, Tuolomne River Trust; Jacqueline Wender (discussion emcee), President, Sempervirens

 2018 Green Fire Award Finalist


Program Sponsor:

Wells Fargo

Community Partners: Berkeley Film Foundation; Exploratorium; Friends of the Urban Forest; Tuolomne River Trust;

Stephen MostStephen Most is an author, playwright, and filmmaker. He has writing credits on four Academy Award-nominated and five Emmy-winning documentaries. His works include a book, a film, and three plays about the Klamath Basin. In his 2017 book Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary he shows how subjects in the world can be depicted as stories for the screen.

Kevin WhiteKevin White is an award-winning producer, director. In 1984 he founded Full Frame Productions, and in 1988 he created the non-profit Filmmakers Collaborative SF with Michal Aviad. His work has received multiple awards including Emmys, CINE Golden Eagles, ACE Awards and many others, while also being broadcast on PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, Bravo, and ABC.

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