A Watershed Moment
Two free film screenings at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor
Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries for two free showings of “A Watershed Moment,” on Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm.
The short film that tells the story of many groups coming together over multiple years to restore fish passage throughout the entire Bagaduce River Watershed here in Maine.
A Q&A panel discussion will take place after the 7:00 pm showing.
About the Film
The first successful full restoration of a Maine river for fish passage is receiving national attention—and “A Watershed Moment,” the 40-minute movie created by Tate Yoder, Media Specialist at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, is helping to get the word out. The film will appear in film festivals throughout the remainder of the year, including the Maine Outdoor Film Festival.
With funding and other support from MCCF and MCHT, Yoder began documenting the project in 2020. As much as it is about fish, this film is about the different people and organizations that came to make this happen—and how critical each person and perspective was to the overall success.
“The key part of this film project was interweaving those perspectives and voices throughout the film. There are numerous interests in these restoration and collaborative management efforts, and finding overlaps and connections between those interests was critical,” says Yoder.
MCCF’s Collaborative Management Specialist Mike Thalhauser shares, “The grassroots work that has happened on the Bagaduce truly is restoration done the right way…. From the bottom up, with local communities and fishermen taking the lead and community partner organizations adding capacity and work where they fit in. This was really an all-hands effort that is an example for any kind of restoration work going on anywhere and MCCF was proud to play a role.”