Sound Rivers’ documentary premieres Nov. 30!

Filmmaker Rain Bennett and crew filmed Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt out on the Trent River in April. Three Sound Rivers’ Riverkeepers appear in the documentary that will be released in

We’re taking Sound Rivers’ story to the big screen!

‘A Sound River’ will premiere at a live, virtual event at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 — Giving Tuesday — to be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Rain Bennett, your Riverkeepers and other stars of the documentary.


‘A Sound River’ tells Sound Rivers’ story visually, from our founding by two separate organizations to its work moving forward, through the voices of our storytellers: founders and partners, those fighting for clean water and the next generations of environmental advocacy. Interweaving the common thread of community activism through the organization’s past, present and future, the documentary will unite viewers of all demographics in a common purpose: to be a part of the change.

Tackling this project is Washington native and filmmaker Rain Bennett, who has a mission to inspire people of all ages.

“I hope to inspire action — specifically from the Millennial and Gen-Z generations. I am aiming at the hearts of younger eastern North Carolina locals to take up the fight Sound Rivers began four decades ago,” Bennett said.

After several months of honing the narrative and recruiting our storytellers and experts to provide background and the science behind issues, Bennett began filming on March 31 with interviews of Dick and Becky Leach (instrumental in founding Pamlico-Tar River Foundation) and Doris Stith (community activist, who experienced the historical flooding of Princeville during Hurricane Floyd in 1999). He wrapped up filming on Aug. 13, with some amazing aerial footage of Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell patrolling the Tar River.

“I honestly had no idea all the work Sound Rivers had done over the past 40 years. In my preliminary research, I’ve become so aware of the challenges they face — and that we all face — and the importance of their mission,” Bennett said. “To create this documentary means I get to do what I love, to help protect a place I love and fight for the people whom I love. I am forever grateful for that.”

This fall, Sound Rivers will premiere the film during a virtual event. Stay tuned for details!

Be on the lookout for a sneak-peek: a trailer for the Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary documentary will be released soon!


Sound Rivers’ Board President JoSeth Bocook waits to be interviewed by Bennett’s crew at The Mills in Rocky Mount.

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell wrapped up the last day of filming with at trip up the Tar River.