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ABOVE: BGA students take to the Harpeth River every year for the Tug between the Greers and the Platos, and that’s one reason the school wants to do its part in protecting the river with a series of short films in the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. // File photo by John McBryde

STAFF REPORTS

As part of the upcoming Wild & Scenic Film Festival that’s being hosted by the Harpeth Conservancy at the Franklin Theatre, several students from Battle Ground Academy will be showcasing their talents with a series of short films.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, is part of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour, one of the largest environmental film festivals in North America. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmental groups across the globe to host the film festival to outreach into their communities and bring together a diverse audience.

“This is our fifth Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and we are so excited about the programming this year,” Dorie Bolze, president and CEO of Harpeth Conservancy, said in a press release. “The eight short films are great examples of action being taken in other areas that are very similar to our work on the State Scenic Harpeth, such as nutrient pollution. Others focus on contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan; keeping rivers wild and scenic and more.

“We also love hosting this event in downtown Franklin, around which the Harpeth River flows.”

That’s part of what inspired BGA to get involved. The students’ films will highlight ways that the campus is working with Harpeth Conservancy to better the environment and campus, reduce waste and improve the health of the rivers.

“It has been a true joy watching our students partner with the Harpeth Conservancy this year through BGA’s Institute of Emphasis program,” Tom Evans, BGA’s director of Advancement, said in the release. “The Harpeth River borders our Lower School campus and is an essential component to one of our most treasured Upper School traditions, the Tug (the annual tug-of-war in May between the Greers and the Platos). To help take actionable steps that will make a global impact is a responsibility we are excited to help fulfill. Harpeth Conservancy has been a great Institute of Emphasis for our students and our school this year, and these student-created films are just a small sample of what they have learned and accomplished.”

Visit the Harpeth Conservancy website for more information and tickets.

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