New Feature Documentary by Scott Morris
Montclair Film Festival
Saturday, October 23rd at 8:00pm and Sunday, October 24th at 2:00 pm
The journey will change you...

AMERICAN RIVER is a cinematic adventure about a 4-day, 80-mile kayak journey down one of the most beautiful and neglected rivers in the nation: 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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Saturday, October 23rd At 8:00pm
Sunday, October 24th at 2:00pm

Live, in-person theatrical screenings* followed by Q&A
with Scott Morris, Mary Bruno and Carl Alderson

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*Per the festival: "We are requiring vaccinations and masks for all patrons, staff, volunteers and attending talent, and believe we can create a safe environment for in-person viewing."
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