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Return of the River

Thursday, Jan 8, 7:30 pm
Running Time: 70 minutes

Return of the River tells the story of a remarkable campaign to set a river free, culminating in the largest dam removal in history. Co-director John Gussman will be on hand to introduce the film and take questions after the screening.

Return of the River is brought to you in part by the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group.

Return of the River follows a group of strong-minded committed people as they attempt the impossible: to change the public opinion of a town and eventually the nation to bring a dam down. The community comes to a consensus, setting the Elwha River free and showing the way to more sustainable future. Amid grim environmental news, Return of the River is a film infused with hope. 

 
The power of the Elwha River's story is described on screen by former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley: 
 
 "Here, in the success of our collective action on the Elwha, is a template for success on climate change, energy policy, ocean conservation… and hundreds of other issues.  It will be the great gift of the Elwha: Hope."  
 
Early Reviews 
 
"With its stunning photography, in-depth historical background, and deeply-imbued tribal perspective, "Return of the River" is the documentary film that lives up to the grandeur of the Elwha, its renewal, and its promise.”
 
- Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times
 
"Return of the River vividly portrays the epic story of the freeing of Olympic National Park's mighty Elwha River from two salmon-blocking dams. The Elwha Klallam people, scientists, fishermen, politicians, enviros, and townsfolk all add their voices to a film that is visually dazzling, lyrically evocative, and fluid as mountain snowmelt."
 
- Tim McNulty, author
 
Co-Directors Gussman and Plumb live on the Olympic Peninsula. The film reflects their connection to place, offering a spectacular and intimate view of a wild and remote region, with respect for the diverse communities that call it home. The film’s ensemble cast is tied together by a river; the river itself has a voice as narrator, weaving the story together with a wise, resilient and powerful presence. 
 
This is a film about possibility, for people and the planet. In the words of Senator Bill Bradley onscreen: "Here, in the success of our collective action on the Elwha, is a template for success on climate change... and hundreds of other issues. It will be the great gift of the Elwha: Hope."   
 

Co-directors: Jessica Plumb & John Gussman

Producer: Jessica Plumb 
Executive Producer: Sarah Hart 
Writer: Jessica Plumb 
Director of Photography: John Gussman 
Editors: Jessica Plumb & Earthen Watson 
Original Music by: Jonathan Haidle 
Historical Voiceover: Tom Skerritt 
Narration: Debbe Hirata 
Animation: Drew Christie 
 
 
Admission Prices:
General: $10.00
Seniors, Students and Active Military: $9.00
Members: $8.00
Children 12 and under: $7.00
Your membership with the Lincoln Theatre saves you $2.00 per film ticket.
*All prices include a $1.50 Preservation Fee that goes directly into our capital account for preservation of the Lincoln Theatre and its programs. Film tickets are only available at the door beginning 45 minutes before the first screening of the day. This saves you, the ticket buyer the fees associated with purchasing online. Never fear – there are plenty of seats!
 
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