Matilija Dam, Ventura County, California. Photo: DAMNATION Collection

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This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

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Upcoming screenings

Date Venue
Apr 24 7:00 PM Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 26 2:00 PM 5Point Film Festival Carbondale, CO Buy Tickets
Apr 27 2:00 PM Reel Pizza Cinerama Bar Harbor, ME
Apr 27 7:00 PM Sheldon Community Arts Hangar Talkeetna, AK
Apr 30 5:30 PM Nevins Theater Alfred, NY
Apr 30 7:00 PM Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre Moscow, ID
May 1 6:00 PM Snowy Owl Theatre Leavenworth, WA
May 2 7:00 PM Star Hall Theater Moab, UT
May 2 8:00 PM Muhlenberg College's Sustainabilty House Allentown, PA
May 3 9:15 PM DOXA Documentary Film Festival Vancouver, BC Buy Tickets
May 7 7:00 PM Camden Opera House Camden, ME Buy Tickets
May 8 12:30 PM DOXA Documentary Film Festival Vancouver, BC Buy Tickets
May 8 7:30 PM SPACE Gallery Portland, ME Buy Tickets
Opening   May 9 IFC Center New York, NY
Opening   May 9 The Hollywood Theatre Portland, OR
Opening   May 9 The Roxy Theater Missoula, MT
May 10 7:00 PM Colorado State University Lory Student Center Theater Fort Collins, CO
May 12 6:30 PM Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library Steamboat Springs, CO
May 14 7:30 PM The Mayan Denver, CO
May 15 7:00 PM Oregon State University, Wiegand Hall Room 115 Corvallis, OR
May 15 7:30 PM Bear Tooth Theatre Anchorage, AK Buy Tickets
Opening   May 16 NoHo Laemmle #7 Los Angeles, CA
May 16 7:15 PM The Historic Old High Auditorium Bentonville, AR
May 21 7:30 PM The Lobero Theater Santa Barbara, CA Buy Tickets
May 22 7:00 PM Art Center at the Old Library La Grande, OR
Opening   May 23 Tin Pan Theater Bend, OR
May 31 8:30 PM Buffalo Point Amphitheater Yellville, AR
Jun 1 8:00 PM River Rally 2014 Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel
Jun 7 10:00 AM Ojai Playhouse Ojai, CA
Jun 7 7:00 PM Columbus Kayak Columbus, OH
Jun 8 6:00 PM Coonan's Irish Hub Bay City, MI
Jun 8 7:00 PM Wheeler Opera House Aspen, CO
Jun 9 7:00 PM Southern Oregon University's Music Recital Hall Ashland, OR
Jun 14 6:00 PM Reel Water Film Festival Bethesda, MD
Jun 19 7:00 PM David Brower Center Berkeley, CA
Jun 20 7:00 PM St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Jun 20 7:00 PM The Ellen Theatre Bozeman, MT
Jun 28 8:30 PM Buffalo Point Amphitheater Yellville, AR
Jul 2 7:30 PM Warren Miller Performing Arts Center Big Sky, MT
Jul 5 7:00 PM Olympic Raft & Kayak Port Angeles, WA
Jul 10 7:00 PM Oakwood Center Selma, IN
Jul 16 7:00 PM Lyric Theatre Harrison, AR
Jul 22 5:00 PM Boone County Library Harrison, AR
Jul 26 5:00 PM Newton County Library Jasper, AR
Aug 2 8:30 PM Buffalo Point Amphitheater Yellville, AR
Aug 9 2:00 PM Dulcie Theater - Shane Lalani Center for the Arts Livingston, MT
Sep 6 8:30 PM Steel Creek Campground Marble Falls, AR
Sep 16 7:00 PM Severson Dells Nature Center Rockford, IL
Sep 20 7:30 PM New Vic Theatre Santa Barbara, CA

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