Host your own "A Sound River" screening

Environmental, Sound Rivers

Posted on April 14th, 2022

Did you miss Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary documentary when it premiered Nov. 30, 2021? We had an estimated 500 people attend the virtual premiere, and if you weren’t one of them, you can see it now by hosting your own “A Sound River” screening.  Email us for the link at, then:

Pick a date & time!

The event can be hosted at your home, local brewery, church or any place with the electricity to run the TV or a projector!

Pick a version!

We have two different versions of “A Sound River.” One is the recording of the entire premiere event, which includes a moderated panel discussion with filmmaker Rain Bennett, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences Professor Hans Paerl and Down East Coal Ash Environmental and Social Justice Coalition President Bobby Jones. This version is 1 hour, 6 minutes long, with an introduction by Sound Rivers Executive Director Heather Deck and then-board president JoSeth Bocook. A second version consists solely of the documentary. This version is 16 minutes, 20 seconds long.

Invite Your Guests!

Invite enough people to have a good discussion — about 5-10 people. People typically like 3-4 weeks’ notice to save the date for your event. Email invitations work very well for most people! — sample invite email is below

Plan for Fun!

The documentary is about some serious issues, but that doesn’t mean your gathering can be fun. Here are some ideas:

  • Host a local beer tasting — good beer needs clean water!
  • Share farm to table appetizers — farmers all benefit from clean water.
  • Show the documentary before an outdoor outing — You can share the documentary on a laptop before a hike or paddle.
  • Hold a gear swap — people are always looking to trade up on new-to-me outdoor gear.

Watch the Trailer!

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