Kristi Pursell, CRWP Community Engagement Coordinator

With so many talented artists in Northfield including filmmakers, the Cannon River Watershed Partnership has decided to host another film event in 2017, but this time it’s one with “local” stamped all over it.   I’m proud to introduce the first annual Downstream Film Series that will have national feature-length films, locally-made and produced shorts along with community conversation led by community members willing to share their expertise.

Since what we do affects others downstream, CRWP has decided to create our own series of events to facilitate thoughtful discussion surrounding issues that impact and are important to residents in the Cannon River Watershed: environmental justice, using film as a tool for activism, and examining the place of dams in healthy waterways.  Each event will have a different theme and feature film(s) while still holding fast to the stories told from area residents.

We are suggesting individuals make a donation of $10-$20 and the money raised will go towards funding the work CRWP does to “engage people in protecting and improving the water quality and natural systems of the Cannon River Watershed” as per our mission.  Be part of the conversation and hear from folks you know as well as others whose stories you don’t know yet and come out to show your support for CRWP!

EVENT DETAILS: All events are suggested donation to CRWP and each evening will have refreshments provided by Just Food Co-op.  After each film program local leaders will be speaking to the topics raised by the films in order to better frame our local conversation and perspective.  The final evening will also have a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

Saturday February 11th, 2017: Tomson Hall room 280, St. Olaf College, Northfield Minnesota. 4:30pm doors open at 4:00. This film program theme is Environmental Justice.  Featuring the film “This Changes Everything” by Avi Lewis. Conversation includes representatives from the Young People’s Action Coalition.

Saturday February 18th, 2017: Weitz Cinema, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota. 4:30pm doors open at 4:00.  This film program theme is Video and Activism.  Featuring the films “Bear Witness” by Nate Ptacek & Matty Van Biene and “The Fisherman’s Son: The Spirit of Ramón Navarro” by Chris Malloy.  This event is co-sponsored by Take Back the Tap, student organization at Carleton College and is one of the events as part of 2017’s Climate Action Week! Conversation includes representatives from Patagonia and Save the Boundary Waters

Saturday February 25th, 2017: Northfield High School Auditorium, Northfield Minnesota.  4:30pm doors open at 4:00.  This film program theme is Dams and Healthy Waterways.  Featuring the film “DamNation” Travis Rummel & Ben Knight. Silent auction and light meal to follow in lower cafeteria. Conversation includes a representative from the Minnesota DNR.
More information available at www.DownstreamFilmSeries.com

Written by Kristi Pursell, CRWP Community Engagement Coordinator