Siskiyou FilmFest preview show hits Ashland tomorrow

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Black Wave is one two documentaries showing in downtown Ashland in preparation for the annual Siskiyou FilmFest in Grants Pass. (Courtesy of siskiyoufilmfest.org)

A preview event for the annual Siskiyou FilmFest in Grants Pass will be held in downtown Ashland on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., in the Headwaters Building on 4th Street, during which two films will be screened, Black Wave and Africa Revolutions.

The popular Siskiyou FilmFest has been featuring environmental films in the Southern Oregon area for 11 years. The festival is a major inspirational source for the area’s sustainability and other environmental issues, and has been a major part of Southern Oregon’s activist culture over the years.

Black Wave, directed by Robert Cornellier, tells the story of the residents of Cordova, a coastal community in Alaska, whose lives were soiled by an Exxon Valdez oil supertanker that ran aground on Mar. 24, 1989. It is one of the largest environmental catastrophes in North American history, and has become the longest legal battle in U.S. history. The film goes into greater detail of the town’s battle with the world’s most powerful oil company.

Africa Revolutions is an inspiring documentary by filmmakers Tyler Bradt and Rush Sturges. It follows the journey of seven good friends as they explore the white water rivers of Southern Africa. During their time in Africa they also work with the Sun Catchers Project, and help bring solar ovens and water purification to communities in Africa.

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