Film Fest Celebrates the Clean Water Act

The Peconic Baykeeper presents the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, on tour to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act on Sunday, July 10 at the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m, with the Mattitaco Food Truck and Dos Ositos Paletas providing fruit ice pops, both for purchase with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Peconic Baykeeper.

The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a conversation about our water between journalist Alexandra Talty and Baykeeper Pete Topping, followed by a series of short films that celebrate and call for action to protect and restore our precious waterways.

The films include “Finding Salmon,” about Oregon’s Salmon Watch; “Bodies of Water” about Bahamians’ relationship with the sea around them;”Community: Not On Our Soil — A Climate Justice Reality,” about the marginalized communities of Cape Town, South Africa; “Guardians of the River,” about the work of Klamath River Indigenous leaders and youth; “Land of the Yakamas” about the ancestral lands surrounding the Columbia River, and “The Voice of a River,” about one man’s act of sacrifice for a river.

The festival also includes “Wastewater: A Tale of Two Cities,” about wastewater infrastructure in Alabama; “Cracked,” about a little girl who tries her best to help nature in a drought-stricken village, and “A River Reborn,” about the Little Conemaugh River’s rebirth after generations of coal mining.

The films will be held outdoors — blankets and lawn chairs are recommended, and picnics are welcome.

Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Southampton Arts Center members. 

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Beth Young

Beth Young built her first boat out of driftwood tied together with phragmites behind her family’s apartment above the old Mill Creek Inn in Southold. Nowadays, she spends most of her time kayaking, learning about shellfish, writing newspaper stories, trying to sail a Sunfish, and watching the way the bay changes from day to day. You can send her a message at

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