The Pop-Up Culture Club of Ukiah presents this award-winning documentary from 2017. Filmmaker Shane Anderson explores his fascination with the Eel River and the ecological threats brought on by over-fishing, the systemic logging of ancient redwoods in its basin, and the diversion of its waters to irrigate wine grapes and marijuana farms. Anderson describes the hour-long documentary as a cautionary tale rooted in repeated cycles of booms and busts. The film also covers the Eel’s inspiring comeback story. According the Anderson, the river is now one of the best hopes for wild salmon recovery on the West Coast, with one of the last genetic salmon species free from hatchery influence.
A River’s Last Chance has screened at numerous film festivals around the world, has aired on five PBS stations, and has been shown in many school classrooms. Following the screening a Q&A will take place. Free with Museum admission.