January 2009

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gary Swick, 847.426.1322

The largest environmental film festival in North America is coming to McHenry & Kane County, IL. Join Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) as they host the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival Tour at McHenry County College on Thursday evening, January 31 from 6:00-9:00pm and Elgin Community College on Saturday afternoon, February 2 from 2:00-5:00pm. Different films will be featured at each venue; consider attending both.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival Tour brings together award-winning environmental films in the spirit of inspiration and education. The films leave people feeling inspired and motivated to go out and make a difference in their communities and around the world. Whether it is the struggle for environmental justice, information on renewable energy, or an educational tale about an endangered species, the films bring awareness to the natural world around us and our role in that delicate balance.

This will be the only stop for the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival in the Chicago area. In partnership with tour sponsor Patagonia, FOFR will use the tour as a community outreach tool to raise awareness of both local and global issues.

This festival is a natural extension of FOFR’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the watershed. The mission of the Friends of the Fox River is to preserve, restore and protect the Fox River Watershed’s natural resources by connecting people with nature through education, research, restoration and advocacy. In 2007, FOFR mobilized hundreds of community members to care for the watershed through the planting of water willow to stabilize stream banks, collected trash by the tons along shorelines, and adult & student citizen scientists monitored the water quality to provide data for decision makers to better protect our watershed.


Thursday, January 31, Doors open at 6:00pm and shows start 6:10pm at McHenry County College Conference Center, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, IL

Saturday, February 2, Doors open at 2:00pm shows start at 2:05pm at the ATC Auditorium, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. FOFR membership deals at the door.