Screening and Discussion: Hidden Rivers

Screening and discussion: Hidden Rivers
Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 PM
Cine, 234 W. Hancock Ave.


Hidden Rivers is a new feature-length film that explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of this aquatic life and how many people are finding ways to protect it.

Presented with a light hors d’œuvre reception catered by The National, gallery viewing of photos from Freshwaters Illustrated, and a panel discussion following the screening with the filmmaker, southeastern aquatic conservation professionals, and local interdisciplinary arts researchers. The event is being held in conjunction with the biennial Georgia Water Resources Conference.

The film was produced and directed by Jeremy Monroe of Freshwaters Illustrated, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about aquatic ecosystems through photography, video and film.

“We worked for nearly ten years to make an immersive film that would give audiences a deep dive into the river ecosystems of Southern Appalachia, along with a glimpse of the species and habitat conservation work that is happening throughout the region,” said Monroe. “Our hope is that this film will inspire more conversations about river and water conservation in the Southeast, and that river conservation groups will use the film as a way to enlighten and broaden their own communities.”

The program will begin in the Cine Lab at 6:30 with a reception and gallery viewing of Freshwaters Illustrated photographs. Hidden Rivers will be shown at 7:30, followed by a Q&A session featuring Monroe, southeastern aquatic conservation professionals and local interdisciplinary arts researchers. Confirmed panelists include Bernard Kuhajda, science program manager for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute; Bud Freeman, director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History; Alex Lamle, aquatic biologist with The Nature Conservancy and Abigail West, a student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art and intern with the UGA office of Sustainability.

Support for the event was provided by the Johnson Family Foundation and co-sponsored by the Georgia Water Resources Conference and the University of Georgia’s River Basin Center, Office of Sustainability, and Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Tickets are $5 per person and are available at the Ciné box office or online at: