Shepherdstown Film Society Continues its Free Film Series with “DamNation”

The Shepherdstown Film Society Continues its Free Film Series for Shepherd University students and faculty and the greater Shepherdstown community with “DamNation” October 9

Our continuing partnership with the Scarborough Society of Shepherd University provides the financial support needed to maintain this commitment.

The remaining three films will be presented, through November 20. All films will be shown on Fridays. All showings are at 7:00 p.m. in Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall. As with all the Society’s films, admission will be free and each showing will be followed by a discussion.  More information on each film can be found on the Society’s website at The remaining film schedule follows:

October 9: “DamNation” (USA, 2014, 94 minutes, directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, co-produced by Matt Stoecker). River dams are great engineering achievements.  They also may be great ecological mistakes. Damming rivers alters their natural flow and the life cycles of the aquatic species.  Dams change the relationship between predator and prey species. Old dams are choked by silt. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other fish the ability to return to spawning grounds.  We are rethinking the value of dams and DamNation’s majestic cinematography moves through rivers and landscapes to explore the evolution in our thinking. DamNation was made with support from Patagonia and was the Audience Choice Award Winner at the 2014 American Conservation Film Festival (ACFF). Not rated. This is a special presentation in conjunction with the ACFF. Post-film discussion led by Jeff Feldman, President of the ACFF Board.

October 30: “Ninotchka” (USA, 1939, 110 minutes, directed by Ernst Lubitsch). Three impoverished Soviet agents arrive in glittering 1930s Paris to negotiate the repatriation of jewels taken out of Russia after the revolution.  What could have been a political thriller is, instead, a gentle comic satire of true-red Marxists facing temptation in the City of Lights. Their yielding to Parisian high life is interrupted by the arrival of a severe commissar (Greta Garbo) who, in turn, finds Paris alluring and soon is caught in a romantic entanglement. Rated PG. Post-film discussion led by Mary Stanley.

November 20: “Mid-August Lunch” (Italy, 2008, 75 minutes, directed by Gianni Di Gregorio). A middle-aged Roman leads a lazy, carefree life until his unpaid condo fees catch up with him. Faced with eviction for himself and his aging mother, he agrees to take care of two elderly relatives of the condo manager in exchange for reduction of his debt. More residents press him take in elderly relative so they too may leave Rome to enjoy the mid-August holiday Ferragosto.  His lazy carefree life comes to an abrupt end. Not rated. Post-film discussion led by Dr. Rachel Krantz, Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages at Shepherd University.

For further information about the Society and its films, visit their website or contact Lisa Welch at 304-876-1837 (email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Mina Goodrich at 304-876-2159.