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AFE Fire Film Festival

New to the Congress Program for Tucson!

The AFE Fire Film Festival is an opportunity for Fire Congress attendees to view and discuss several documentary films focused on wildland fire ecology and management. Join us for these fun and enlightening events throughout the week!


Searching for the Gold Spot: The Wild After Wildfire
Tuesday, 2:30pm, Rincon
Join Maya Kholsa, Biologist and Poet Laureate Sonoma County, to view a short film about the rapid and amazing comeback of the wild in forests after wildfire. The story follows teams of scientists and firefighters through the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades Mountains and beyond, and shows hundreds of living, breathing reasons why our publicly owned forests need to be saved from large-scale logging projects.


Fire Circle: Filmmaking to Educate the Public about Wildfires
Tuesday, 3:40pm to 5:10pm, Rincon
This fire circle will start with filmmakers Stephen Most, Trip Jennings, Maya Kholsa, and Christy Sherr sharing clips and presenting lessons learned from public engagement. Participants will be invited to ask questions, present challenges, offer creative ideas, and explore opportunities for breaking through the dominant, negative cultural norms about fire. This fire circle seeks your ideas on how film and creative media might be deployed to educate the public about the benefits and challenges of living with fire.


Double Feature Screening with Filmmakers
Tuesday, 7pm to 9:30pm, Kiva Ballroom
Come see screenings of two new documentaries and enjoy conversations with the filmmakers!

  • Elemental
    Trip Jennings, Director, National Geographic and Balance Media
    After the most deadly wildfire in modern history, top scientists, community leaders and firefighters must turn society’s understanding of fire on its head to prevent the next disaster in an ever hotter, drier world and learn to co-exist with fire.
  • Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests and the Future
    Stephen Most, Producer and Writer, Filmmakers Collaborative SF
    This one-hour documentary reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and wildland-urban landscapes to large, high-severity wildfires, and explores strategies to mitigate the impact of these fires. http://www.wilderthanwildfilm.org

The Beauty of Blackened Spaces
Thursday, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Kiva Ballroom
Come join Fire Ecologist and Filmmaker Rick Anderson and enjoy an evening free of histograms for an exploration of some of the most innovative and beautiful depictions of fire ecology and the passionate fire keepers of the planet. We will watch four short films selected for you with discussion.