Award-winning Documentary Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 To Screen at
The Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Volcan Mountain, May 4-6, 2012
Inspirational film chronicles citizen-hero’s efforts to clean-up of one of America’s most polluted rivers

Julian, CaliforniaMarion Stoddart: The Work of 1000, a film by Susan Edwards and Dorie Clark, will be screening at the 1st Annual Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival hosted by the Volcan Mountain Foundation, Julian California, May 4-6, 2012. The film tells the inspiring story of how Marion Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing environmental remediation of the Nashua River—once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America—which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Stoddart, who has been honored by the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award and National Geographic for her work as a pioneer of environmental activism, is a citizen leader who has spent most of her life in grassroots organizing and coalition building. A native of Nevada, Stoddart graduated from Occidental College near Los Angeles, California and later moved to Groton, Massachusetts. Beginning in the early 1960s, she drove the massive citizen effort to clean up the Nashua River, providing a model for effective leadership and advocacy that we can use to drive positive change in the world today.

“We are thrilled that Marion’s story has been able to touch thousands of people across the globe, and we are honored to bring the film to the west coast, via this highly-respected film festival,” said Susan Edwards, one of the filmmakers. “The Work of 1000 is a compelling look at the universal struggle to find meaning in our lives, and it shows how one person can truly make a big difference in the world.”

Films will be shown at various venues in Julian, including the Town Hall, Julian Elementary School and Julian Junior High. The festival kick-off party will take place Friday, May 4 at Wynola Farms Marketplace and screenings of films will occur on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with live music preceding the showing of films.

Filmmaker Susan Edwards will be in attendance and will speak at one of the environmental education workshops offered as part of the film festival. Guided tours of Volcan Mountain will be given on both Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. A festival party will take place Saturday evening in Town Hall with food, drinks and live music. For more information on the event or to buy tickets, visit the Julian Wild and Scenic Film Festival web site.

Recognition for Stoddart and the Film
In recognition of her work, Marion has received many awards including the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award (1987). She was also profiled in National Geographic (1995) and in an award-winning children’s book, A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry; she was a National Women’s History Project Honoree as “One of the Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” (2009); and has just published an essay in Written In Water by the National Geographic Society (2010).

The documentary film has garnered praise around the world, including Best Short Film at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in New Zealand; Best Documentary Short at the Rivers’ Edge Festival in Paducah, KY; AT&T Award for Environmental Conservation and Stewardship; Projecting Change Award in Vancouver Canada; Speak Out Award at the 44th Annual Humbolt Film Festival, Arcata, CA; Best Call to Action Film at the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Venice, CA

The film has also been named an Official Selection in the following film festivals: 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA; Berkshire International Film Festival; Brattleboro International Women’s Film Festival; Citizen Jane Festival; Cine Montana; Bend Film Fest; Los Angeles International Film Festival; Voices From the Waters International Film Festival, Bangalore, India; POW Fest, Portland, OR; and the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, AZ.

About the Volcan Mountain Foundation
Rising over 5,000 feet, Volcan Mountain is the dominant scenic feature for a significant portion of San Diego's backcountry and visible from the Pacific coastline 60 miles away.  It is one of the last privately-owned and relatively untouched areas of Southern California and is an extraordinary San Diego treasure which must be preserved for future generations. The mission of the Volcan Mountain Foundation (VMF) is to strive with intention to conserve and acquire land and practice respectful stewardship through education, public outreach, and resource management to preserve Volcan Mountain in its natural state for future generations. For more information see http://www.volcanmt.org/.

About The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA which is now in its 10th year. Wild and Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. Films featured at Wild and Scenic give people a sense of place, says Tour Manger, Lori Van Laanen. “In our busy lives, it’s easy to get disconnected from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us we can start making a difference.”

About the Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program
Marion Stoddart’s campaign to clean up the Nashua River shows us that determined individuals can make real and lasting change. The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program shares her compelling story, passion, and process–via film and discussion—to empower others to act. Marion made a difference. So can you.  To learn more about the film and how you can screen it in your school, community, or business, visit http://www.workof1000.org
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