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Wilder than Wild Documentary Screening & Discussion


The Livermore Public Library invites the public to a screening of Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future at the Civic Center Library located at 1188 South Livermore Avenue.  The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Four years in the making, Wilder than Wild:  Fire, Forests, and the Future, released in 2018, is a one-hour documentary that reveals how fire suppression and climate change have exposed western forests to large, high-severity wildfires. Greenhouse gases released from these wild fires contribute to global warming. This vicious cycle jeopardizes forests and affects the population with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas.

Highlighting these issues with personal experience, filmmaker Kevin White takes the audience on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013 to the wine country wildfires of 2017.  Learn how the proactive use of prescribed burns can reduce the need for fire suppression, see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands. “We need to rethink how we’re living with wildfire,” said White.

Wilder than Wild won the award for Best San Francisco Bay Area Environmental Feature film at the 2018 Green Film Festival.   Following the documentary, filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most, along with City of Livermore Emergency Manager Herbert Cole, will answer audience questions and provide helpful information.  Admission is free and no registration is required.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Livermore Library as part of the library’s Authors & Arts Series.  For more information about this and other events, visit the online Events Calendar or call (925) 373-5500.