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In recent years, San Antonio has turned its attention and resources towards the integration of natural spaces into our built environment. This optimism and vision to lessen a disconnect between people and their environment is evident in the vibrant cultural and recreational experiences available along the San Antonio River through recent enhancements. As community members become reacquainted with their river by biking, paddling, or meandering through public art, they have an opportunity to discover inherent connectivity with the environment.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, the San Antonio River Foundation is energizing that dedication to inspire stewardship by bringing Mountainfilm on Tour to San Antonio, illustrating the vast potential outdoor experiences can have on creating a sustainable community. This film festival will deliver a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival held every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado.,

The films showcase nonfiction stories about environmental sciences, cultural connections, social justice, community building, and legacy preservation. The audience will see a vast variety of films ranging from beekeepers who fight against urban blight in Detroit to whitewater rafters exploring the complexities of Polynesian traditions. A Mountainfilm presenter will be at the film festival with insights on how art and film can bring together world-class athletes, change makers, and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of the indomitable spirit.

The San Antonio River Foundation endeavors to encourage conservation of the San Antonio River Basin’s land and water resources through cultural, scientific, and educational initiatives. Inspiration from the displayed feats of outdoor recreation within the film festival can be activated at the event itself with sponsor REI Co-op on site to demonstrate gear and offer outfitting and training resources.

Held at the award-winning environmental education destination Confluence Park, guests will relish the spectacular vista of where the San Antonio River merges with San Pedro Creek systems. As the sun sets over the Mission Reach, one of the largest ecological restoration projects in the country, guests can witness first-hand how a place can galvanize stewardship and awaken a love of nature. Though San Antonio is not featured in the around-the-world tour within the film festival, people will leave the event with their own stories beginning to form.

Proceeds from Mountainfilm on Tour-San Antonio benefit the River Foundation. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a reception of wine, beer, and refreshments with the show kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each and available for purchase at www.sariverfound.org/filmfest.

Kelley V. Phillips is the Director of Programs and Outreach for the San Antonio River Foundation. She is an avid outdoorswoman who has spent the last six years in San Antonio exploring Texas’ relationship...