DamNation documentary to be broadcast on Floodwall

April 18, 2014 · 1 minute read

Local paddler Patrick Griffin clued me in to this event, and it sounds really cool. On Thursday, May 22nd the James River Outdoor Coalition will be hosting the RVA premier of Patagonia’s documentary DamNation. The film will be projected on the side of the Floodwall at Floodwall Park in Manchester. Viewers are encouraged to come around 8:30 p.m. to mingle and grab a bite to eat from a local food truck and grab spot on the lawn.  The film will start promptly at 9 p.m. in order for it to be dark enough for the projection.

Ben Knight films the former Elwha Dam before its removal. Photo: Travis Rummel

Ben Knight films the former Elwha Dam before its removal. Photo: Travis Rummel

Griffin said he and local filmmaker Melissa Lesh saw the film at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital about three weeks ago.

“After being blown away, we talked about the possibility of bringing the film to Richmond,” Griffin said.

“Joey Parent of the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program had recently suggested that JROC do more regular fundraisers in order to always have funds to help the park when necessary,” Griffin added. “This combined with Hunter Davis’ success with showing paddling and biking films in the city led me to the idea of hosting a DamNation premier as a JROC benefit.

The event is made possible through JROC, VCU OAP, Home on the James, and Aviva Rentals.  A donation of $5 recommended to help defray the cost of the show. Any extra money will be given to JROC.

Here a little more information on DamNation from the film’s website: 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.