UM American Fisheries Student Society to Bring ‘DamNation’ Film to Campus

March 10, 2015

Ben Knight films the former Elwha Dam before its removal for the film “DamNation.” Photo by Travis Rummel.MISSOULA – The University of Montana student chapter of the American Fisheries Society is partnering with Save Our Wild Salmon to bring the award-winning documentary “DamNation” to UM. 

“DamNation” will screen at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the University Center Theater. The film is open to the public and admission is free, though filmgoers can donate $5.

Following the film, experts will lead a panel discussion. The panelists are Sam Mace, the Inland Northwest director of Save Our Wild Salmon; Steven Hawley, author of “Recovering a Lost River;” and Jim Waddell, a retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers economist whose recommendation that the lower Snake River dams be removed – for both environmental and economic reasons – was ignored by his higher-ups in the early 2000s.

“This is a beautiful film, and I am so excited that Save Our Wild Salmon has agreed to help UM’s AFS bring it to Missoula again,” said Tracy Wendt, president of UM’s student chapter of the AFS. “I think the film holds value not just on campus, but across our community. Whether folks care about fish, rivers, journalism, the environment or something else entirely, I think there's something here that will touch everyone.”

“DamNation” won the award for Best Conservation Film at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula last spring when it was screened at the Roxy Theater to sold-out audiences. It continues to win awards across the country. Filmmakers Matt Stoecker, TravesRummel and Ben Knight were named 2014-15 Adventurers of the Year by National Geographic. For more information on the film, visit

Contact: Leana Schelvan, director of communications, UM College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-6693,