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Coming to a river, -er, location near you!

For eons, a one-of-a-kind population of killer whales has hunted chinook salmon along the Pacific Coast. For the last 40 years, renowned whale scientist Ken Balcomb has closely observed them. He’s familiar with a deadly pattern: Salmon numbers plummet and orcas starve. The downward spiral compelled him to realize that studying whales is no longer enough. He needed to act. The orcas need roughly a million salmon a year, where to find a million fish? The solution says Balcomb, is getting rid of four fish-killing dams 500 miles away, on the largest tributary to what was, until it was dammed nearly to death in the last century, the largest chinook producing river on earth. Studying whales is science. Removing dams is politics. Defiantly mixing the two, says Balcomb, has become the most important work of his storied career.

Click here to see the preview and visit the Dammed to Extinction website.

Join the filmmakers and SOS and friends at a screening near you! Learn how four deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River choke off access to thousands of miles of high, wild, pristine river and stream habitat upstream. Restoring this river in southeast Washington State by removing its costly dams will save money, restore declining salmon populations, and feed starving orcas.

Help promote these screenings by visiting and sharing the events on the SOS Facebook Page!

Upcoming Screenings:

Seattle, WA. Friday, October 4th. 7 PM. Meaningful Movies Wallingford. Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N. In association with Save Our wild Salmon. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Eugene Environmental Film Festival. October 4th - 6th. For more information, visit

Portland, OR. Tuesday, October 8th. 7 PM. Patagonia, 1106 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209. For more information, click here.

Poulsbo, WA. Tuesday, October 17th. 7 PM Vibe Coworks, 19225 8th Ave NE, Suite 201. In partnership with Grounds for Change. Tickets available here.

New York, NY. October 17th - 27th. Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. For more information, visit

Friday Harbor Film Festival. More details coming soon. Visit

Portland, OR. Tuesday, November 12th. 6:30 PM. OMSI Empirical Theater. 1945 SE Water Ave Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214. Screening hosted by Columbia River Keeper.

Walla Walla, WA. November 14th. More information coming soon.

Past Screenings:

Olympia, WA. Thursday, September 12th. Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501. Visit the FaceBook page for more information or contact Tickets available at here.

Anderson Island Washington. September 13th - 15th. Johnson Farm Archival Building. For more information, visit

Tacoma, WA. Thursday, September 26th. 6:30 PM. The Grand Theater, 606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402. Tickets available here.

Gig Harbor, WA. September 26-29th. Gig Harbor Film Festival. For more information, visit

Portland EcoFilm Festival. September 26th - 29th. For more information, visit

Boise, ID. Tuesday, October 1st. 7 PM. The Flicks, 646 W. Fulton St. Tickets $10 at the door. Post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Steven Hawley and Michael Peterson.

Moscow, ID. Friday, September 9th. 7 PM. Kenworthy Theater, 308 Main St, Moscow, ID 83843. Admission free, donations appreciated. For more information, contact

Issaquah, WA. Tuesday, August 20th. 7 PM. Gibson Hall 105 Newport Way SW, Issaquah, WA 98027. For more information, visit the Facebook event or contact SOLD OUT!

Seattle, WA. Thursday, August 8th. 7 PM. Patagonia 2100 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. For more information, visit the Facebook event or contact

Langley, WA. Saturday, July 20th. 2 PM. The Clyde Theater. Post screening Q&A with filmmaker Steven Hawley and Orca Network's Howard Garrett.

Bellingham, WA. Tuesday, July 2nd, Doors at 5:30 PM, film at 6:00 PM. Pickford Theater, 1318 Bay St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Michael Peterson. Tickets available here. For more information, contact

Vashon, WA. Tuesday, June 11th, 6 PM. Vashon Theater, 17723 Vashon Highway SW Vashon, WA. Hosted by Meaningful Movies Vashon. For more information see the Facebook event or contact

Seattle, WA. Friday, June 7th, Pre-reception at 5:30, general doors at 6:30. The Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Access to pre-reception with food and drinks with minimum $10 donation ticket. Reserve your spot here. After-screening Q&A with filmmaker Michael Peterson and orca experts. For more information see the Facebook event or contact

Spokane, WA. Thursday, May 16th, 7 PM. The Garland Theater, 924 W Garland Ave, Spokane, WA 99205. After-screening Q&A with producers Steve Hawley and Michael Peterson. For more information see the Facebook event or contact

Seattle, WA. Thursday, May 9th, 7 PM. SIFF Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. After-screening Q&A with producers Steve Hawley and Michael Peterson. 

TAKE ACTIONTell the governors its high-time we had an honest cost/benefit analysis for the four lower Snake River dams.

VISIT the Dammed to Extinction website.

SOS' Northwest Dammed to Extinction film tour is brought to you with the partnership and/or sponsorship from Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Whale Scout, Wild Orca, Environment Washington, Backbone Campaign, Wild Orca, and National Wildlife Federation. We are deeply grateful for their support.


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