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2016 Wine Country Film Festival

Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest

Directed by Joshua Dylan Mellars

EcoCinema, Shorts / USA / 6 mins / English

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Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

Kenwood Depot
September 24, 2016 5:30 pm


The Quarryhill Botanical Garden — located in Glen Ellen, California — has become a base station for international conservation efforts and a living laboratory for scientific researchers and students. A tranquil refuge from our increasingly urban way of life, the garden is a lush cornucopia of Asian plant life grown from wild seed during the past quarter century. This North Bay Bountiful segment highlights the garden’s efforts to conserve the rare and endangered maple Acer Pentaphyllum.


Producers: Joshua Dylan Mellars, Sofia Englund, Darren LaShelle, Nancy Dobbs

Screenplay: Joshua Dylan Mellars, Sofia Englund

Director's Bio

Joshua Dylan Mellars is an award winning film director and producer whose recent work includes Shakespeare in the Shadows, a celebration of the 400th commemoration of the master dramatist’s life and work, and The Land of Nod, a lyrical reimagining of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson poem. He is the recipient of the Wine Country Film Festival Alumni Award.

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  1. Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

    66 mins
    Joshua Dylan Mellars is a multi award winning filmmaker whose films screened to acclaim throughout the world. His award winning music documentary trilogy (Tango Illusions, Heaven’s Mirror and Play Like a Lion) all have played at WCFF and around the world. Joshua received the WCFF “Distinguished Cinema Artist Award” (2011) to a “masterful filmmaker who blends music, imagery, poetry and narrative”. We are thrilled to pay tribute again to this talented individual. His Narratives in this show are produced by Abuela Luna Pictures, and the Documentaries are produced by KRCB North Bay Public Media. There will be a reception before the films and a Q&A after the program concludes.

    In This Program: Down Home on the Zazu Farm, Born to Be Wild: Quarryhill’s Conservation Quest, Land of Nod, Saving Heirlooms: Honey Bees, Seed Banks and Crop Diversity, Shakespeare in the Shadows, Spanish Gardener

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Plays In:
Short Film Program -Joshua Dylan Mellars’ Salute

Kenwood Depot
September 24, 2016 5:30 pm