Opening Night: DamNation
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Film Type:Feature
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Celebrate the 4th year of the San Francisco Green Film Festival, with our community of like-minded, eco-savvy, film-lovers while exploring the magic and wonder of the Aquarium of the Bay. Meet guests, filmmakers and aquatic life while enjoying local, sustainable food & beverages.

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Ben Knight, Travis Rummel, and Matt Stoecker | USA | 2014 | 87 min

San Francisco Premiere

Our national attitude towards dams is changing. From pride in big dams as feats of engineering, there is now a growing awareness that we can bring back the life and health of our rivers. In DamNation we see how dam removal moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. We see 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. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 SXSW festival, the film's majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams and the personal stories of people fighting to bring rivers back to their natural state.

"DamNation portrays the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang coming to life as we enter into the mindset of those who can no longer sit back and watch the planet and the rivers be destroyed." ~ Huffington Post

Discussion with: Ben Knight, director/editor; Travis Rummel, director/producer; Matt Stoecker, producer/underwater photographer, Mikal Jakubal, activist.

You might also like to see Chinatown (May 31) or Watermark (June 1)

Ticket includes entrance to the reception, food, beverages, whole aquarium access, and the film premiere in the Bay Theater. You must be over 21 to attend.

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Additional Information
Together Ben Knight and Travis Rummel started the production company Felt Soul Media. Their latest project is DamNation, which was co-produced and filmed with Matt Stoecker of Stoecker Ecological and premiered in March 2014 at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. The documentary, presented by Patagonia, explores dam removal and restoring free-flowing American rivers. The film was conceived by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and Matt Stoecker who have been supporting and spearheading dam removal projects for decades. Felt Soul Media has also created the films Eastern Rises (2010), Red Gold (2008) and Unicorn Sashimi (2012), all of which screened at Mountainfilm.