The Living River Film Festival: Oct 12-14

This October, the McKenzie River Trust invites you to enjoy a weekend of films and events that focus a lens on the amazing landscapes of Oregon, and beyond. These films cast a whole new light on the rivers in our own backyards, exploring and celebrating our relationship to the lands and rivers that surround us.

Opening Night – Meet the Filmmakers

Friday, October 12 at 6 pm

Wildish Theater in downtown Springfield, Or

The McKenzie River Trust will host an intimate evening with some of the Living River Festival filmmakers, a sneak peek at the new documentary film Willamette Futures (currently in production), and a catered reception by Heidi Tunnell Catering Co. with Sweet Life desserts at the newly remodeled Wildish Theater in downtown Springfield. A no-host cash bar will feature local Oakshire beers and regional wines by Oakdale Cellars. Willamette Futures is a profound portrait of the river in our own backyard and the passionate people working to protect it. The film is produced by Freshwaters Illustrated.

Living River Festival Filmmakers speaking at Opening Night:

The catered reception includes: mushroom ciabattini rolls, sweet potato salad cups, chickpea cakes, chicken salad crackers, dips & spreads, and Sweet Life desserts. Click here for the full savory menu from Heidi Tunnell Catering Company. Thank you toOrganically Grown Company for generously donating all produce for the catered reception.

Opening Night Tickets: $45/person

Tickets available online until 1pm on Friday, Oct 12. Any tickets still available after that time will be sold at the door.


From historic local footage and family-friendly films, to cutting-edge digital time-lapse, documentaries and Hollywood features – the Living River Film Festival has something for everyone. To enhance the screenings, most films are paired with dynamic speakers. Throughout the weekend, you’ll hear from passionate filmmakers, local historians, and land conservationists in our region, all working to bring you the stories of our region’s land and

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