Upcoming Screenings, Festivals and News!

2022 has been a great year for AMERICAN RIVER, Scott Morris' feature documentary about a kayak trip down one of the nation's most beautiful and neglected waterways. Since our last email, the film was screened at numerous festivals, theatrical events, conferences and fundraisers with much more coming up. See below for details.
  • Global Peace Film Festival, Winter Park, FL (Orlando) – In-person screenings scheduled for September 23 and 24.  Available online for 5 days starting September 26 (limited to first 150 registrants). For tickets and info click here.
  • Clean Water Celebration in Lewisburg, PA, on October 15th. AMERICAN RIVER is the centerpiece of the event with an in-person screening and panel at the historic Campus Cinema. For details, check out their blog about the film and event.
  • In-person screenings at several New Jersey venues are planned for this fall and winter. Look for our next updates and visit the AMERICAN RIVER website for details, dates and locations.
  • Next year, AMERICAN RIVER will be available on streaming and broadcast platforms, for educational use and on DVD. Non-profits can contact us now to discuss hosting their own private fundraisers this fall and winter.

  • June 2022 - Waterkeeper Alliance Global Conference in Washington DC.  Scott Morris presented Film As Advocacy Tool, a training session for non-profits about how to use AMERICAN RIVER for fundraising and community awareness.

  • May 2022 – The Nature Conservancy – Private in-person screening and fundraising event hosted by Montclair Film.

  • April 2022 - Yale and Princeton Environmental Film Festivals – official selection for both in-person and virtual events.

AMERICAN RIVER outdoor screening at RiverRun Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC. April 27, 2022.
Director Scott Morris introduces AMERICAN RIVER at RiverRun with Program Manager Mary Dossinger.

". . . The filmmakers draw hope out of ecological disaster without preaching, without invoking dreadful end-time scenarios. Writer and ecologist Mary Bruno, with ebullience and genuine curiosity, expresses her love for the river and respect for the voices of the people she meets along its banks. An utterly persuasive argument for preserving the natural world by allowing viewers to have their own -- perhaps newly birthed -- agency in the matter.” - George Esveldt, Port Townsend, Washington

AMERICAN RIVER is a cinematic adventure about a 4-day, 80-mile kayak journey down New Jersey's Passaic River. The central character is Mary Bruno, who spent her childhood afraid of the polluted stretch of the Passaic near her home. Decades later, she returns to explore the river of her youth and tell its story.

AMERICAN RIVER follows Ms. Bruno and River Guide Carl Alderson as they kayak from the Passaic's pristine headwaters to its toxic mouth in Newark Bay. Along the way, candid conversations with residents, experts and advocates reveal the river's extraordinary history, geology and ecology: How did this powerful and once-celebrated river become one of the most contaminated in the nation? Can it be saved?

Three years in the making, the 86-minute documentary was directed by seasoned filmmaker Scott Morris and based on Mary Bruno's 2012 book, An American River; From Paradise to Superfund. The filmmaking team includes Producer Kelly Sheehan, Director of Photography Roger Grange, Consulting Editor Keith Reamer, Composer Ben Morris and Executive Producer S. Dillard Kirby.

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