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DamNation at the Mountaineers Building in Seattle
The Mountaineers Building
Seattle, WA
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DamNation at the Mountaineers Building in Seattle
DamNation - the first great film on American dam removals!

The Mountaineers Building
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

6:00 pm: reception
7:00 pm: film
8:30 pm: expert panel with Dr. David Montgomery, Jim Waddell, Tom O'Keefe (featured in the film), and

Sponsored by: Save Our wild Salmon, The Mountaineers, American Rivers, American Whitewater, Sierra Club, Susitna River Coalition.

With support from the Mountaineers Foundation, Emerald Water Anglers, and Wild River Fishing Guides.

For further information: Joseph Bogaard, joseph@wildsalmon.org, 206-300-1003

About DamNation:

DamNation was won 11 Film Festival Awards:

"Audience Award" - SXSW Film Festival
"Advocacy Award" - DC Environmental Film Festival
"Best of Festival" - 5Point Film Festival
"Jury" and "Audience Awards" - Environmental Film Festival at Yale
"Conservation Award" - International Wildlife Film Festival
"Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming" - DOXA
"Audience Choice" and "Best of Festival" - Green Film Festival in Seoul
"Audience Choice" - Mountainfilm- Telluride
"Best Feature Film" - San Francisco Green Film Festival"

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in national attitudes 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. 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.

DamNation shows how far and fast things have moved, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Penobscot River in Maine.

Across the country, diverse interests are coming together to remove obsolete dams and find more cost-effective ways to meet power, shipping, irrigation and other needs, while restoring rivers, preserving tribal customs, recovering fish stocks, revitalizing waterfronts, improving recreational opportunities and rendering watersheds more resilient to climate change.

DamNation also explores the circumstances and people of the lower Snake River in eastern Washington State: its four costly dams, their impacts on the Nez Perce Tribe, a waterway in steep decline, and how dam removal will restore a river and its endangered salmon, protect taxpayers, and create opportunities and investments for the local economy and nearby communities.

Dam owners, impacted communities, and politicians are increasingly reevaluating the usefulness of certain dams and often advocating for decommissioning and removal. Some call it a movement, others call it a generational shift in values. DamNation documents both  and the undeniable momentum behind river restoration taking hold in our country.


The Mountaineers Building (View)
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
United States


Film > Movies
Other > Green

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Joseph Bogaard, Save Our wild Salmon
On BPT Since: May 15, 2014
Joseph Bogaard, Save Our wild Salmon Coalition

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