Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water

26 Minutes
Filmmakers: Sam Sheline, Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath and Kent Wagner

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More than 6 million people live in the Potomac Watershed. Some of the very infrastructure that supports their modern lifestyles is poisoning the Potomac.  This film follows the Riverkeepers whose mission is to protect clean water for drinking, swimming, and boating.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th in Block 8
which begins at 7:30 PM at the Frank Center AND on Sunday, Block 19 beginning at 3:00 PM at the Frank Center.

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Guarding Our Water

6 Minutes
Filmmaker: Sam Dean

A short film detailing water quality monitoring efforts on public lands in West Virginia and Virginia.

David Lillard of the WV Rivers Coalitions will be joining us to talk about recent efforts to protect WV water. This short is a joint project between WV Rivers and Trout Unlimited.

Screens on Saturday, October 14th during Block 8, which begins at 7:30 PM at the Frank Center.

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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



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.


9 min.
Filmmakers:  Ethan Oser, Gabriel Felder, Paul Blake
The Northern Snakehead is a monster and it has invaded the Potomac River, but Maryland and Virginia have very different ways of dealing with this invasive species. Do we leave them be or eat them until they are all gone?
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