The United States was built on hydropower. During the early part of the last century over 75,000  of dams large and small were built for irrigation, industry and flood control. Controlling nature was almost a national obsession, with dams planned and erected at a pace never before seen, at times at great consequence to native fish stocks, cultural heritages lost and the people who lived and worked on our rivers turned to lakes.

Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after it was dammed.

Back to the future? A century old I.W. Taber photograph shows the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Valley and Toulumne River before the dam and reservoir buried this national treasure in a scene from DAMNATION. Photo: Matt Stoecker

1501245_794824090545001_6121432756346726835_oFelt Sole Media and Patagonia teamed up to document the efforts to reconcile the aftermath of this legacy of concrete and steel, producing perhaps the most important documentary of the decade; Damnation.  Icicle TV and Icicle Creek Center For The Arts are proud to bring Damnation to Leavenworth this May 1st as part of their Confluence Film Series. Tickets are $10.00 with a portion of proceeds going to charity. Doors open at 6:00 for a meet and greet with local beverages and snacks. The film starts at 7:00 with a Q&A discussion with representatives from across the spectrum of fisheries, recreation and advocacy  to follow.  This film is about here, about us and about the legacy we leave our children. Expect a sold out show, buy your tickets now.