I enjoyed chronicling the community’s effort to “Save the Yuba” last February, including this report that “Deal to save the Yuba River State Park open could come as early as Wednesday.” And it happened, as my son and I witnessed and reported in real-time from Sacramento.
It was a good learning experience for him and all the elementary-school children who participated.
As a result, our family was excited to see the “world premiere” of a movie about the effort called “How the Kids Saved the Parks.” It premiered Friday night at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. (Our magazine is a sponsor).
As Roger Hicks, a SYRCL founder, observed at a film festival reception at his home afterward: “SYRCL has had a film festival for 11 years but never a movie about it.”
This was a fun “premier” at The Center for the Arts. Dai Meagher was collecting tickets as a volunteer, and SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick and former SYRCL ED and a champion of the “Save the Yuba” effort Shawn Garvey spoke. Shawn was the MC.
Regular reader Michael Anderson’s son “starred” in the move, and it was good to seem him there with his children.
“You know those movies where the kids get together and do something awesome? When they unite to overcome insurmountable odds? Maybe win the championship from the favored bad guys,” the movie said.
“Maybe embark on an epic quest to stop the grown ups from doing something stupid. This is one of those movies, except this one really happened.
“This is the story of a group of great kids that worked day and night to save the California State Parks that they love – this is ‘How The Kids Saved The Parks’.
We enjoyed the movie, along with the others that we saw. We hope you get out to see a film or two. The festival also brings thousands of people to down.
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