37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Headwaters Down

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Once considered the most polluted waterway in the United States, the James River is no stranger to the manmade damages inflicted to commoditize natural resources. Told through the lens of five friends, this adventure-filled documentary captures a 250-mile journey down the James River, beginning in the Blue Ridge Mountains and finally arriving at the Fall Line in the group’s hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Throughout the 13-day journey, the crew masterfully captures the river’s troubled past while breathing new life into the body of water, highlighting its innate resilience along the way.

Introduction by Nate Benforado (Southern Environmental Law Center)
Discussion with directors, producers, and subjects Will Gemma, Dietrich Teschner, and Justin Black, moderated by Paul Wagner (UVA)

This film is part of the Environmental Film Series presented by Southern Environmental Law Center.

This film is also part of the Virginia Filmmaking Focus presented by Virginia Film Office.


Sunday, November 6


5:30 PM


Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: Will Gemma, Dietrich Teschner, Justin Black

Runtime: 75 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2022

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Andrew Murray, Stephen Kuester

UVA Office for Sustainability