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JUMBO WILD highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and ever-increasing development interests in wild places, bringing to life the passionate fight to protect British Columbia’s iconic Jumbo Valley.

"A thoughtful and provocative film."
Zoe Loftus-Farren,
Earth Island Journal

At the headwaters of the Columbia River, Jumbo Creek cascades out of deep snowpack, past crumbling glacial ice, wildflowers, and grizzly tracks. The Jumbo Valley has long been revered for its beauty; and to the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qat’muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit. Part of an important international wildlife corridor, the Jumbo Valley is one of only two areas in North America where grizzly bears can freely roam between Canada and the U.S.

But, for nearly 25 years, local people — First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers — have fought a large-scale ski resort in Jumbo. Developers face environmental assessments, political roadblocks, and local outcry.

JUMBO WILD highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and ever-increasing development interests in wild places, while bringing to life the passionate fight to protect the Jumbo Valley. Set against a backdrop of incredible backcountry beauty, JUMBO WILD documents all sides of a divisive issue.

60 minutes
SDH Captioning for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Presented by Patagonia
A film by Sweetgrass Productions
Directed by Nick Waggoner
Produced by Laura Yale and Zac Ramras
Executive Producer: Josh Nielsen, Alex Lowther
Editor: Jordan Manley, Nick Waggoner, Nicolas Teichrob
Principle Cinematography: Nick Waggoner, Jason Mannings, Darcy Turenne, Nicolas Teichrob


Screening options:

COMMUNITY SCREENINGS (single events with license to charge admission)

$100 Small Community Screening (1-50 people)
$200 Medium Community Screening (51-100 people)
$350 Large Community Screening (100+ people)

"The balanced portrayal of strongly held and divergent viewpoints will grip your intellect and your emotions — a pinnacle of environmental reporting."
Stephen Cunha, Professor of Geography, Humboldt State University

"JUMBO WILD transports the cathedral heights and purity of the Canadian Rockies. Destined to win awards, this film educates the audience powerfully and fairly about a threat to wilderness. It provides perspectives from the natives, the newcomers, and nature's ways, eliciting the viewer's involvement in protecting mountain beauty for future generations."
Randy Hayes, Founder of Rainforest Action Network, Director of Foundation Earth

"A wonderful film for opening a discussion on how our personal values intersect with how we treat our planet."
Joan Maloof, Executive Director, Old-Growth Forest Network, Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences, Salisbury University


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