From Left to Right - Anthony Emmolo, Ezekiel Roa Baumler, Sofia Nelson, & Trinity Campbell star In Wonder Plant Woman vs The Invasive Plant Monster
A film created by Yuba Environmental Science (YES) Charter Academy staff and students will be featured at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Wonder Plant Woman vs the Invasive Plant Monster is an imaginative retelling of Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy’s 3rd and 4th grade students' study of native plants. In the course of their class project, developing a native plant trail around their 10-acre campus, they studied the plants of the Oak Woodland habitat, added native plants to the trail, encountered invasive blackberry, and started the removal process. They aspire to bring awareness and appreciation of native plants to their audience through education and humor. They issue a call to action to remove invasive plants and to preserve and plant native plants.
The film was written and produced by Louise Miller, YES Charter Academy principal, and filmed and edited by Radu Sava, YES Charter Academy photography/videography teacher. Actors in the film are current and former YES Charter Academy students. “It’s an honor to have a film selected for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. It’s the largest one of its type,” said Radu Sava. “I’m proud of the work our staff and students have done,” said Louise Miller. “We empower students to become leaders through project based learning.”
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival partners with schools to screen high quality films for Kindergarten through High School age students. The festival offers engaging, age-appropriate film sessions alongside extension curriculum packets for teachers wanting to integrate festival content into their lesson plans before and after the program. Wonder Plant Woman vs the Invasive Plant Monster will be screened at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley in the K-4 program on Jan 16-17, 2019. Over 2,000 schoolchildren will view the film making it a tool to educate the next generation of environmental stewards. Advance reservations are required. For more information call (530) 265-5961 or go to www.WildandScenicFilmFestival.org