Film festival returns to Columbia to benefit Missouri River Relief

Saturday, February 8, 2014 | 5:14 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Missouri River Relief is partnering once again with The Wild & Scenic Film Festival to raise money for cleanup projects. This year's film festival will be held Sunday at The Blue Note.

This is Missouri River Relief's fourth year working with the traveling film festival, said Steve Schnarr, program manager for Missouri River Relief.  He said last year the event raised about $3,000. The money goes toward local cleanup projects.

Missouri River Relief is an organization that sponsors Missouri River cleanup projects and educational events, according to its website. The organization relies on donations and sponsors to carry out its mission, as well as events such as the film festival to help fund cleanup projects. 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is an environmental film festival that began in 2003. It starts every January in Nevada City, Calif., and then travels to other cities, according to the festival's website.

Schnarr said Missouri River Relief first partnered with Wild & Scenic in 2011 when a volunteer had a film being screened in the festival.

The 13 short films that will be screened at this year's event are:

Doors open at 1 p.m. and the film screenings start at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10 and $6 for students. Children ages 8 and younger get in for free. Tickets can be purchased online or at The Blue Note box office.

In addition to the film screenings, there will be live music by Dave Dearnley and Sam Shin at 1 p.m. when doors open and again at 5 p.m.

Also at 5 p.m. there will be a silent auction and a raffle. There will be a bake sale throughout the evening. All proceeds will go to the Missouri River Relief, Schnarr said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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