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Damnation Format: DVD video First Published: Published By: Patagonia Books
Language: English ISBN: 9781938340376 Categories: , , ,

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.

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"Exquisitely shot and powerfully told." - The Washington Post "While there's also been a handful of vastly important political documentaries -- see : Damnation (dams, causes and unintended consequences, including loss of water and ecosystems) ... something must be said of the films that manage to teach and entertain at the same time. - Time Magazine "Heartfelt and irreverent tributes to paradises lost along America's beautiful, if unduly encumbered, waterways." - The Austin Chronicle "This film is establishing an outside the box approach to both producing and distributing a film with a strong environmental message." - Huff Post Green

Author Biography

Matt Stoecker is a biologist and photographer focused on restoring rivers and wild fish populations through his company Stoecker Ecological. Matt has produced or provided underwater footage for numerous documentary films. He lives in Ventura, CA. Over the past ten years Travis Rummel has honed his filmmaking craft. In 2007, he and Ben Knight released Red Gold, their first feature documentary, to critical acclaim and helped create awareness of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay. He lives in Denver, CO. Ben Knight, along with Travis Rummel, own a small production company called Felt Soul Media. They produce documentaries about fly fishing, the health of river systems, and dam removal. He lives in Telluride, CO. Beda Calhoun is the founder of brick+mortar productions, a Colorado-based marketing and production company that plans and executes release campaigns in partnership with filmmakers and brands. For the past three years, Beda's focus has been on DamNation and its distribution strategy and marketing. She lives in Denver, CO. Yvon Chouinard, a noted fly fisherman (chosen by Fly, Rod, and Reel as Angler of the Year in 2009) and environmentalist, is the founder and owner of Patagonia, Inc. He co-founded 1 Percent for The Planet, a group of businesses giving back to the environment, as well as World Trout. He lives in Ventura, CA.