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For eons, a one-of-a-kind population of killer whales has hunted chinook salmon along the Pacific Coast. For the last 40 years, renowned whale scientist Ken Balcomb has closely observed them. He’s familiar with a deadly pattern: Salmon numbers plummet and orcas starve. The downward spiral compelled him to realize that studying whales is no longer enough. He needed to act. The orcas need roughly a million salmon a year, where to find a million fish? The solution says Balcomb, is getting rid of four fish-killing dams 500 miles away, on the largest tributary to what was, until it was dammed nearly to death in the last century, the largest chinook producing river on earth. Studying whales is science. Removing dams is politics. Defiantly mixing the two, says Balcomb, has become the most important work of his storied career.

Click here to see the preview and visit the Dammed to Extinction website.

Join the filmmakers and SOS and friends at a screening near you! Learn how four deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River choke off access to thousands of miles of high, wild, pristine river and stream habitat upstream. Restoring this river in southeast Washington State by removing its costly dams will save money, restore declining salmon populations, and feed starving orcas.

Help promote these screenings by visiting and sharing the events on the SOS Facebook Page!

Upcoming Screenings:

Langley, WA. Saturday, July 20th. 2 PM. The Clyde Theater. Post screening Q&A with filmmaker Steven Hawley and Orca Network's Howard Garret.

Seattle, WA. Thursday, August 8th. Patagonia 2100 1st Ave, Settle, WA 98121. More details coming soon.

Moscow, ID. Friday, September 9th. 7:00 PM. Kenworthy Theater, 308 Main St, Moscow, ID 83843. Admission free, donations appreciated. For more information, contact

Gig Harbor Film Festival. September 26-29th. More details coming soon. Visit

Eugene Environmental Film Festival. More details coming soon. Visit

Friday Harbor Film Festival. More details coming soon. Visit

Past Screenings:

Bellingham, WA. Tuesday, July 2nd, Doors at 5:30 PM, film at 6:00 PM. Pickford Theater, 1318 Bay St, Bellingham, WA 98225. Post-screening discussion with filmmaker Michael Peterson. Tickets available here. For more information, contact

Vashon, WA. Tuesday, June 11th, 6 PM. Vashon Theater, 17723 Vashon Highway SW Vashon, WA. Hosted by Meaningful Movies Vashon. For more information see the Facebook event or contact

Seattle, WA. Friday, June 7th, Pre-reception at 5:30, general doors at 6:30. The Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Access to pre-reception with food and drinks with minimum $10 donation ticket. Reserve your spot here. After-screening Q&A with filmmaker Michael Peterson and orca experts. For more information see the Facebook event or contact

Spokane, WA. Thursday, May 16th, 7 PM. The Garland Theater, 924 W Garland Ave, Spokane, WA 99205. After-screening Q&A with producers Steve Hawley and Michael Peterson. For more information see the Facebook event or contact

Seattle, WA. Thursday, May 9th, 7 PM. SIFF Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. After-screening Q&A with producers Steve Hawley and Michael Peterson. 

TAKE ACTIONTell the governors its high-time we had an honest cost/benefit analysis for the four lower Snake River dams.

VISIT the Dammed to Extinction website.

SOS' Northwest Dammed to Extinction film tour is brought to you with the partnership and/or sponsorship from Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Whale Scout, Wild Orca, Environment Washington, Backbone Campaign, Wild Orca, and National Wildlife Federation. We are deeply grateful for their support.


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