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2014 Audience Choice Award goes to DamNation

By Staff | Nov 7, 2014

The 2014 Festival weekend has wrapped, the audience has voted DamNation its favorite film, and ACFF will be doing a special screening event this Sunday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. at the Opera House in Shepherdstown.

DamNation is a compelling story about dams in America, from their ubiquitous construction over the last 200 years to more recent removal efforts. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other fish the right to return to their spawning grounds. The extraordinary cinematography, dynamic pace and characters, and informative and entertaining content of this film brought in a record number of votes from this year’s festival audience.

This Sunday’s Audience Choice event, sponsored by The Observer newspaper, will open at 5pm with a tale or two from award-winning Appalachian storyteller Adam Booth, followed by a short film from the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, ACFF will show The Meaning of Wild, a cinematic journey through one of the nation’s wildest landscapes, the Tongass National Forest of Alaska. Special guest and Shepherdstown local Ed Zahniser – son of the Howard Zahniser, the primary architect of the Wilderness Act – will be on hand for a discussion following the film.

The evening wraps up with an encore presentation of DamNation. Tickets for the event are available at the door for just $8 dollars. Popcorn, sodas, beer, and wine are available for purchase from the Opera House.

For more information on the evening’s line-up of players, look here:

DamNation – damnationfilm.com

Adam Booth – www.adam-booth.com

The Observer – wvobserver.com

West Virginia Rivers Coalition – www.wvrivers.org

The Wilderness Act – wilderness.org/article/wilderness-act

Howard & Ed Zahniser – www.wilderness.net/nwps/zahnise