From Man’s Conquest of Nature to River Restoration: “DamNation”

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DamNation Movie Poster

Here’s the thing: We haven’t seen the movie yet (nobody has – it’s not out yet).  But, after watching the trailer for DamNation, we’re pretty confident that it’s going to be…well, damn good.

Here’s what we do know about the film. DamNation, which will have its world premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 10th, takes a close-up look at a topic that OARS. cares a lot about—the devastating impact of dams on wild rivers, and the new focus on returning some of our waterways to their natural states.  Not only that, but the folks behind DamNation include Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard, who has long supported the removal of dams, biologist Matt Stoecker, and filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight from Felt Soul Media, whose previous film Red Gold helped raise awareness for the environmental impacts of a proposed mine in Alaska.

Outside Magazine says DamNation is, “Sure to be a heavy hitter” and we’re guessing the controversial and heated debate over dam removal is about to ramp up.  We’re excited to see how the national conversation unfolds, and you can be sure you’ll hear more from us on this topic. In the meantime, check out the trailer and put this film on your radar.


Not going to SXSW?  Yeah, us either. DamNation will be hitting the film festival circuit this spring, and is also set for a limited theatrical release in April/May, followed by a wider release on various platforms like Vimeo On Demand and iTunes in June. Click here for more details.


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