DamNation Film to show in Crested Butte

Two local non-profits host Patagonia’s newest environmental film

(CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.) – High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA), the environmental advocacy organization of the Gunnison Country, along with the Crested Butte Film Festival will host DamNation – a film – on Saturday May 31st at the Crested Butte Center for the Arts (606 6th St., Crested Butte, CO 81224).

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. Exploring this issue through the lens of the native fish’s ever interrupted journey to its spawning grounds, gives the film an extraordinary appeal for anyone who appreciates the beauty of a flowing river; from casual recreationalists, to serious anglers and environmentalists alike.

Prevented from migrating any further upstream, a spawning pair of pink salmon flirt over a gravel bed a stone’s throw from the now removed Elwha Dam powerhouse in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker

Prevented from migrating any further upstream, a spawning pair of pink salmon flirt over a gravel bed a stone’s throw from the now removed Elwha Dam powerhouse in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the film starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at www.cbfilmfest.org, Rumor’s Coffee and Tea House in Crested Butte, and at the door. The evening will include a raffle and Q & A with the film’s producer, Beda Calhoun, as well as HCCA’s Water Program Director, Jennifer Bock.

After the film, head to Montanya Distillers (212 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, Colo. 81224) for a reception, featuring complimentary appetizers. Funds raised benefit HCCA and the CB Film Festival. For more information on this screening visit www.cbfilmfest.org/monthly-films or www.hccacb.org.

View the powerful film trailer here and go to www.damnationfilm.com to learn more and to sign the petition telling President Obama to crack down on #deadbeatdams.