Thanks to the Bernstein Family Foundation for their support of this two-part program and reception.
THE ANACOSTIA RIVER: MAKING CONNECTIONS (USA, 2014, 11 min.) For decades, heavy industrial pollution has infiltrated the waters of the Anacostia River, which cuts right through the heart of Washington, D.C. A broad coalition of city and federal officials, nonprofits and corporations are working hard to reverse those effects. This issue is seen by many as one of environmental justice as the river not only divides the city geographically but socioeconomically and culturally as well. This film takes a hard look at the issues, the progress thus far and the stakes involved in making the river fishable and swimmable for future generations. Directed by Liz Norton. Produced by Stone Soup Films with support by the Summit Fund of Washington.
TOWPATH JOE (USA, 2014, 8 min.) World Premiere Musician, naturalist and Potomac River advocate Joe Hage moves to a small island “inside the beltway” of Washington, D.C. A nascent island caretaker, Joe rediscovers himself as a diplomat for the river. Directed by Emily Wathen and Susanne Coates. Produced by Emily Wathen.
POTOMAC: THE RIVER RUNS THROUGH US (USA, 2013, 27 min.) Each of us is connected to rivers in our everyday lives. Most of the six million people living in the Potomac River watershed do not realize that their drinking water comes from the Potomac. This film follows the flow of the Potomac water from its origin, into our homes and businesses and back into the river. We become aware of the need to protect this essential resource and its connection to our wellbeing and that of future generations. Directed by Peggy Fleming. Produced and written by Sean Furmage.