Documentary About Famous Wandering Wolf to Be Screened at Loft Cinema
TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity on Dec. 3 is hosting the Tucson premiere of the documentary “OR7: The Journey,” an inspiring film about the famous wolf who wandered hundreds of miles from northeast Oregon to become the first documented wolf in California in more than 80 years.
The screening will be held at The Loft Cinema at 3233 E. Speedway in Tucson at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.50 and are available through The Loft Cinema’s website. There is limited seating, and the show is expected to sell out. Wolves were once common along the West Coast but were driven out in the late 1800s and early 1900s after decades of extermination programs. Wolves began returning to Washington and Oregon after wolves were reintroduced to central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s.
Today Oregon is once again home to a fragile, recovering population of gray wolves. All of its wolves were confined to the northeast corner of the state until one male left his pack in 2011 and made history by becoming the first documented wolf west of the Cascades since 1947, and the first in California in nearly a century. In the process he inspired people around the world and has become an ambassador for recovering native wildlife. The wolf was dubbed OR-7 by biologists and was given the name “Journey” by schoolchildren in a naming contest.
“OR7: The Journey” tells the story not just of this individual wolf, but also of his species and its struggle to find acceptance, overcome old hostilities, and settle new homes in the West. The tale is particularly timely in Arizona with last month’s news of a gray wolf spotted on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Come celebrate wolf recovery, wildlife and OR-7's epic journey. A Q&A will follow the movie with wolf advocates to discuss OR-7 and the future of wolves in the West.
What: Documentary film “OR7: The Journey” followed by a Q&A with wolf advocates from the Center for Biological Diversity
Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Tucson, (520) 795-0844
When: Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets: $10.50 at The Loft Cinema box office or online at https://loftcinema.com/film/or7-the-journey/
More info: Center for Biological Diversity, (520) 623-5252
More film info: http://www.or7themovie.com