Local filmmakers Michael Peterson and Steven Hawley will present at Big Sky TEDx in Montana Jan. 28 on the issues raised in their award-winning documentary film, “Dammed to Extinction.”

This film chronicles the trials and tribulations of a Pacific Ocean orca pod whose existence is threatened by a dwindling Chinook salmon population as a result of damming the Snake River. 

 The film was able to raise $5,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to present at BigSky. Being a participant at this event will enable “Dammed to Extinction” to be featured on TEDx’s YouTube Channel, which has over 15.5 million subscribers. 

“Dammed to Extinction” won best feature film award at the Eugene Environmental Film Festival last year A few weeks later, it was awarded best endangered species film at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City.

It also won the audience choice award at the Gig Harbor Film Festival.

“Dammed to Extinction” has also been accepted to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Each year, Wild & Scenic draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to Nevada City and Grass Valley, Calif. 

A local screening in Hood River, is planned on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. This event will be a fundraiser benefiting the HRVHS Theater Department.

The composer for “Dammed to Extinction,” Duncan Krummel, is a Hood River native and graduate of HRVHS. 

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