A River's Last Chance

Series: Portland EcoFilm Festival

The Eel River in Northern California is arguably the best opportunity for wild salmon recovery on the entire west coast.  The river and salmon have weathered decades of over-fishing, abusive logging, catastrophic floods, droughts and a hydro power dam that diverts water out of basin. Today the Eel’s recovering wild salmon compete for water with the region’s multi-billion dollar underground cannabis economy and the wine industries of Sonoma and Mendocino, California.

This film is rooted in the belief that we can live symbiotically with our watersheds and encourage both a river’s recovery and economic future. World premiere! Filmmaker Shane Anderson in attendance. Directed by Shane Anderson, North Fork Studios. 2017, US, 68 mins.


SAVING THE DESCHUTES RIVER: The Deschutes River is in trouble and its recovery depends on taking action that will restore stream flows and water quality. Directed by Michelle Alvarado, Wahoo Films. 2016,  5 mins.

NÁIMUNI: CONNECTING OXBOW CONSERVATION AREA: Dredge mining on the Middle Fork John Day River turned the river into a ditch-like channel. From 2011 – 2016, over two miles of salmon-bearing streams were restored to benefit fish and ecological processes. Directed by Michelle Alvarado, Wahoo Films. 2016, 8 mins.

For our patrons of legal drinking age, we'll be sharing a pre-film, free tasting from our Festival Supporting Sponsor, Sombra Mezcal!

Community Partner: Pacific Rivers

Event Sponsor: Sombra Mezcal