Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020


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Your purchase of a ticket to Program 3 includes 7 films/extras.

Program co-sponsored by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Green Philly.

American shad were once so abundant in the Potomac River, that people said the river would "run silver" each spring when they returned to spawn. The anadromous fish is native to the coastal rivers of the eastern United States and is now threatened by overfishing, pollution and a loss of habitat.

The people who restored American shad to the Potomoc, after years of decline, illustrate what it means to care about your corner of the world

Director's Statement:

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Shad Run is a story of place, possibility, and determination. We genuinely hope you find inspiration in their story-- that they serve as an example for others who notice a problem and find the power to do something about it.

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  • Runtime
    25 minutes
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  • Premiere
    February 28, 2018
  • Note
    Director Biography - Ben Dorger, Becky Harlan: Ben Dorger is a filmmaker, photographer and journalist based in Ogden, Utah. He is currently a multimedia journalist at the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Northern Utah. Ben graduated with a master’s in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and has a BFA in Media Art from the University of Tennessee. Before moving to Utah, Ben started his career in Washington, D.C. He was the Senior Editor at Stone Soup Films and has interned for the video teams at USA Today and The Washington Post. He has had multiple independent short documentary films screen in several film festivals. Becky Harlan is a video producer and photographer based on a house barge in the District of Columbia's Washington Channel. She has been obsessed with documenting Washington's waterways since 2012. Currently, she works on the video team at NPR. Before that, she was a photo editor and writer for National Geographic's photography blog. She earned her master's in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2013, and she has a BA in Art History from Furman University.
  • Director
    Ben Dorger, Becky Harlan
  • Producer
    Ben Dorger, Becky Harlan