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Date Thursday  7/10/2014
Group State CMC
Event Title CMC Presents: DamNation - Plenty of tickets available at the door!
Start Time 12:00 AM
End Time 12:00 AM
Status Approved
Member Price $12.00
Non-member Price $12.00
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Public Events


American Mountaineering Center - Foss Auditorium - 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401

Doors open at 6:30pm, the film starts at 7pm. The show should end around 8:45pm.



For more info Contact

Membership Services or 303-279-3080 ext. 2.

Office Hours are M-Th 9am-6pm and Friday 9am-3pm


The CMC is thrilled to host the award winning documentary, DamNation on Thursday, July 10th at 7pm.


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 meta-morphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.


DamNation opens big, on a birth, with the stirring words of Franklin D. Roosevelt at the dedication of Hoover Dam, and on a death, as the engineer at Elwha Dam powers down the turbine on its last day. DamNation stints neither the history nor the science of dams, and above all conveys experiences known so far to only a few, including the awe of watching a 30-pound salmon hurtling 20 feet into the air in a vain attempt to reach the spawning grounds that lie barricaded upriver. We witness the seismic power of a dam breaking apart and, once the river breaks free, the elation in a watching wild salmon — after a century of denied access — swimming their way home.



DamNation’s filmmakers have done their documentary homework. Rediscovered archival footage and pristine vintage photography reveals the young archaeological “salvage” team working against time to recover priceless Anasazi artifacts before the flooding of Glen Canyon in 1958. We meet singer Katie Lee, who was among the last to experience the canyon and, at the age of 94, still recalls the vivid beauty of its walls. Her nemesis, Floyd Dominy, the long-time Bureau of Reclamation czar who dammed Glen Canyon, exudes pride in his power to alter a landscape. We also hear from dam defender Congressman Tom McClintock and dam critic, ex-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Most of the voices in DamNation ring far from the lobbied halls of our capitols, and closer to the heart of a river. We hear the smoldering outrage of a NezPerce elder recalling from his youth the flooding of his people’s sacred falls and fishing ground along the Columbia, and the quiet testimony of a riverkeeper who has manned his post 12 hours a day for 13 years to count, observe and protect an Umpqua River steelhead run. And DamNation is not without its action heroes, including the activist/artist who two decades ago painted under moonlight a giant crack down the face of Hetch Hetchy dam.

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