The Wild and Scenic Film Festival returns to Hermosa Beach for the second year when it screens at the Hermosa Beach Community Theater Sunday, Jan. 28, beginning at 4 p.m.

This is the fourth year the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has brought the film festival to the beach cities. It was also screened in San Pedro on Jan. 14.

“We're hoping to inspire people about the importance of the natural world and different ways people can interact and make a positive difference toward the environment,” said PVPLC executive director Andrea Vona. “We also hope it's a fun and enriching experience for people to attend.”

Vona said the festival, which has films ranging from a two-minute look at the pygmy sea horse to nearly a half an hour film on elk migration in Yellowstone, brings exposure to different places around the world and the multitude of conversation challenges globally. The festival also highlights the work the PVPLC does, which is reflected in the 8-minute film “Selah Water from Stone,” which focuses on one man's mission to restore a overgrazed ranch in the Texas Hill Country.

“There was an area that was overgrazed and they went through habitat restoration and they were actually able to bring back aquifers and natural springs and creating a lot of wonderful repairing of habitat through their work,” Vona said. “There's some similarities there to what the Land Conservancy does in restoring habitat on the Peninsula.”

The festival began in 1983 and is now billed as the largest film festival of its kind in the U.S. The festival partners with hosts such as the PVPLC to screen films in a variety of locations, but begins with a three-day presentation near Sacramento.

“Out staff and volunteers screen the options and we pull together a line-up that we hope resonates with our audience,” Vona said.

The Hermosa Beach Community Theater is located at 710 Pier Ave.

Tickets can be bought online for $10, at pvplc.org, or at the door for $15.

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