Testimony: Remembering Glen Canyon

9 Minutes
Filmmaker: Kent Wagner

More than fifty years after the construction of the Glen Canyon dam, the dam’s existence remains a sensitive subject especially to those fortunate enough to have seen the canyon before it was inundated. Today, pressures on the dwindling water supply in the Colorado River are encouraging renewed discussions about how water is being allocated and whether storing it in Lake Powell still makes sense.

Screens on Sunday, October 23 during Block 8, which begins at 3:30 pm at Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University Campus.

Thirty Million

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Filmmakers: Daniel Price and Adrien Taylor

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A statistic. But this statistic is made up of individuals. Bangladesh is often described as the most vulnerable country on the planet in the face of a changing climate, as its people are already at risk from rising seas. Filmmakers Daniel Price and Adrien Taylor were fueled by the urgency of the impending displacement of these people who did relatively little to contribute to a problem that may bring unprecedented human suffering.

Two Screenings!  Screens on Saturday, October 22 during BLOCK 4, which begins at 2:15 pm at the National Conservation Training Center.  Encore screening on Friday, Oct 28th during Block 11, which begins at 6:30 pm at Reynolds Hall.

Co2ld Waters

11 min

Filmmaker: Jeremy Roberts

At the end of the 2014 fishing season, five respected fly fishermen came together to celebrate the joy and passion of fly fishing and to discuss the biggest threat anglers face: a changing climate and warming trout waters.

4:15 pm at the Opera House – Block 8



Elk River Blues

58 min

Filmmaker: Mike Youngren

This story of systematic failure centers on the chemical spill in January 2014 into the Elk River near Charleston, WV. A coal-cleaning chemical fouled the area water system and closed the tap on 300,000 residents. The documentary asks, “Where were the agencies that are supposed to protect us from ourselves?” It discusses “Appalachian Fatalism”- the public tendency to accept hardship and disaster as a way of life. ERB also takes us to the watershed, the glorious headwaters where West Virginia’s abundant water resource emerges clean and pure.

7:50 pm on Friday at the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies – Block 1



European Lake Trout

12 min

Filmmaker: Daniel Göz

Each fall the highly endangered European lake trout returns to its birthplace high in the Swiss Alps to reproduce. Driven by their instincts and guided by remarkable senses, the trout mate, displaying a complex spawning ritual in this harsh environment.

4:22 pm Sunday at the Opera House – Block 13



The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders

10 min

Filmmakers: Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk

The Last Dragons features North America’s Eastern Hellbender, an ancient salamander that lives as much in myth as in reality. In many waters, myths are all that remain of these sentinel stream-dwellers.

3:53 pm Sunday at the Opera House – Block 13


Hellbender in Tellico River.

Hellbender in Tellico River.


6 min

Filmmaker: Ryan Peterson

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines, at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska, has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks that threaten multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries.

3:45 pm Sunday at the Opera House – Block 13

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America’s Amazon

58 min.
Filmmakers:  Ben Raines, Lynn Rabren
The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is the most bio-diverse area in North America. This film provides a visually stunning look at the region, covering everything from the ancient climactic forces that shaped its evolution to its remarkable biological richness to current issues putting increased pressure on its fragile ecosystems.

Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale

52 min.
Filmmaker:  Charlotte Engel
North America is under attack by a relentless aquatic invader. Accidentally released into the Mississippi River 30 years ago, the Asian Carp have been heading north ever since. Famous for their insatiable hunger and their jumping, Asian Carp are now only 100 kilometers south of Lake Michigan. Can they be stopped?


94 min.
Filmmakers:  Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, Matt Stoecker
Dam removal has gone beyond the Monkey Wrench Gang and gone mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other fish the right to return to spawning grounds. DamNation’s majestic cinematography moves through rivers and landscapes altered by dams. It also captures a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.