All great epics depict the struggle of good versus evil, death and rebirth, in a plot line that stretches across generations — and the documentary movie The Return of the Cuyahoga — which premiered at Kent’s Who’s Your Mama film fest certainly qualifies as an epic. Since we consistently rank the Cuyahoga river as one of our greatest assets, it’s great to see the river story get told for a national audience. Everyone remembers the burning river images from decades ago, now we have a chance to show a new ending to that story. So get your popcorn and pull up a chair to watch the movie that will be airing 5 times on WVIZ/PBS between now and Sunday night. Read on to see the times and dates of the movie.
Watch a Trailer Clip from the movie.
Here’s the dates you can watch or TIVO the movie on our local PBS affiliate:
This is a short pitch for the film, premiered at the “Who’s Your Mama” Film Fest, called “The Return of the Cuyahoga”, which will also have several showings on WVIZ this week. You may have seen Matt Fredmonsky’s article in the paper yesterday. I think it is really well done, and broadens the message of the continuing clean up beyond the banks of the Cuyahoga to a larger message for other rivers.
It is very positive and hopeful. In fact, one of the thoughts I had while seeing it was to send some copies to environmental agencies in India and China as a cautionary tale. Industrial processes need to be scrutinized for environmental and health sustainability everywhere, not just the U.S. We are exporting our pollution and importing our consumer goods. It’s an equation out of balance for all.
Anyway, I hope you will consider promoting it on your blog. It deserves as wide a local audience as possible, especially with the proposed water park. My Kent boosterism is a little sorry it did not stress more of Kent’s accomplishments, particularly with the compromise achieved on the dam removal, but that is just a minor quibble. It does have a little archival footage of Walt Adams from KEC’s days of cleaning up the river, from the era when some member of Council called the group “a bunch of commies”. It also lists KEC member Edith Chase in the credits. I was inspired by what a group in Parma is doing to bring attention to a Cuyahoga tributary in their area, which is along the lines of what KEC did in the seventies, when the activists were a bit younger! The task before us is to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders, when the issue is so much less obvious in the immediate area.
And here’s a movie review by a local fan: