The feature films that will be screened are films that have been asked to participate in the festival due to their importance and significance to Sauk County and the overall theme of Conserve Sauk Film Festival. These films are not part of the competition but we could not host this festival without a few of these standout productions!
The Biggest Little Farm
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature's call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
Decoding the Driftless
A film of science exploration and adventure!
Join us for a wild ride of adventure above, on, and below the amazing Driftless Region! Emmy-winning filmmakers George How, Tim Jacobson, Rob Nelson, and Neil Rettig have teamed up with Jonas Stenstrom of Untamed Science, to capture fantastic footage of the Driftless Region, and weave it into a compelling story, in a way never done before. You'll soar over ancient rugged bluffs, skim the surface of primordial rivers, venture deep underground to mysterious secret worlds, marvel at sacred archaeological treasures, and hang perilously over massive rock cliffs. One thing for sure, you'll never forget this film, and you'll want to share it with everyone you know!
A path to soil health and food independence
Farmer's Footprint is a coalition of farmers, educators, doctors, scientists, and business leaders aiming to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary conservation thinker Aldo Leopold, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time explores Leopold's extraordinary career and his enduring influence, tracing how he shaped the modern conservation movement and continues to inspire projects all over the country that connect people to the land.
Journey of the Whooping Crane
At five feet tall, and with a wingspan of over seven feet, the whooping crane has the distinction of being North America’s tallest bird and, sadly, also one of its rarest. Habitat loss caused by European settlers reduced the population to just 15 birds by the 1940s. Since then, in an intense effort to protect and restore the species, a broad coalition of NGOs, private interests, and government agencies has worked collectively and tirelessly to nurture the remaining wild flock to its current population of about eight hundred
Community Conservation: Living in the Park
This one-hour production travels from the Central American rain forest to the hidden valleys of western Wisconsin's Driftless area. From Caribbean beaches to crane marshes along the Russian/Chinese border, we learn how communities and private landowners are taking responsibility for their local flora and fauna. Community conservation is at the core of the current debate on environmental policy. Former secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt addresses this idea while visiting ecologist Aldo Leopold's legendary "shack" along the Wisconsin River. Leopold's daughter, Nina Leopold Bradley, and his biographer, Curt Meine, tell how his 1948 book, "A Sand County Almanac," provides a context for Community Conservation.