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Free ‘River Films’ summer series announced by Oneota Film Festival
Monday, June 09, 2014 10:15 AM
Oneota Film Festival and Decorah Hatchery have joined forces to present a gripping adventure film and an environmental documentary this summer.
The return engagement of Hunter Weeks’ celebrated “Where the Yellow Stone Goes” kick’s off the two-film series. It will be shown Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at T-Bock’s Upstairs.
‘Where the Yellowstone Goes’
“Where the Yellowstone Goes” follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest “undammed” river in the lower 48 states.
Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River, illustrate the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed leading to questions about its future.
From the Gateway to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana to the confluence of the Missouri River at historic Fort Buford, N.D., two boats drifted north on the freestone waters of the Yellowstone River.
Led by fly fishing guide and 4th generation Montanan, Robert Hawkins, the small crew experiences a soul searching and inspirational journey down the longest free flowing river in the contiguous United States. The crew eases into life amongst the peaceful sounds of a massive water flow, flanked on each side by rugged mountains, plains full of big game and an unending sky showcasing bald eagles and osprey.
Director Hunter Weeks (10 MPH, Ride the Divide) presents a thoughtful exploration of life on America’s great undammed river, the Yellowstone.
With Montana’s captivating scenery at the forefront, Where the Yellowstone Goes takes a closer look at the impact people have on each other and on our environment.
Second in the series is a powerful film odyssey across America explores the growing awareness that the nation’s future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
The award-winning film, “DamNation,” explores the removal of obsolete dams, restoring the life of rivers and 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.
“DamNation” will be shown on Wed., July 16 ,at 7 p.m. at T-Bock’s Upstairs.
All films are free of charge and open to the public. No tickets are required. Seating will be on a first come basis.
“These are two great films that outdoor enthusiasts -- and anyone interested in beautiful documentary films -- will enjoy,” Maria Jones of Decorah Hatchery said. “We wanted to team with Oneota Film Festival to bring fascinating films this summer free to our customers and the people in the region.”
Decorah’s nonprofit Oneota Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of sponsors and donors across the regional community. Besides special film showings in summer and fall, the Festival holds its major three-day event in March.