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A Feature film exploring AMERICA’S RICHEST WATERS

Ten years in the making, Hidden Rivers is Freshwaters Illustrated’s newest feature 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 these ecosystems.


Community Screenings

We’re currently coordinating Premiere presentations of Hidden Rivers, with an emphasis on the Southeastern region. Learn more about hosting an event, and contact us at with questions. Recent and upcoming screenings include:

  • March 22, World Water Day Sneak Preview - Washington DC, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

  • April 4, Chattanooga, TN - Tennessee Aquarium

  • April 17, Athens, GA - Cine Theatre

  • April 28, Asheville, NC - New Belgium Brewery

  • April 30, Knoxville, TN - Central Cinema

  • May 4, Brevard, NC - The Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest

  • May 16, Raleigh, NC - NC Museum of Natural Sciences

  • May 20, Salt Lake City, UT - Society for Freshwater Science

  • Upcoming - Sept 12, Patagonia Store, Toronto, Canada - REGISTER

  • Upcoming - Sept 17, Patagonia Store, Nashville, TN

  • Upcoming - Sept 25, Jackson Wild Film Festival

  • Upcoming - Sept 30, Reno, NV - American Fisheries Society

  • Upcoming - Oct 17, Whiteside Theatre, Corvallis, Oregon - GET TICKETS

Follow our events on facebook and instagram @freshwatersillustrated - #hiddenrivers


We need your help!

Hidden Rivers is a not-for-profit film created to inspire a deeper discussion about biodiversity and conservation needs in river ecosystems. While we share Hidden Rivers with more and more local communities, we are working to version the film for classrooms and conservation audiences. You can help support our effort by purchasing a photo print or t-shirt below, making a donation, and keeping up to date through our mailing list. Your support will help us share the Hidden Rivers message with more communities in the coming years.


Hidden Rivers Photo Gallery

The Hidden Rivers photo gallery (also touring with the film), shares an immersive perspective of the beauty and biodiversity of Southern Appalachian rivers, as seen through the eye of FI Photographer, David Herasimtschuk (2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year). All photos can be ordered as high quality fine art prints, and all proceeds will help the film reach audiences throughout the Southeast and beyond.


give us your FeeDBack

Have you seen Hidden Rivers? Please share your experience through our anonymous online feedback form. Your response will help us gauge the Hidden Rivers impact, and provide us with feedback to further improve this project and future Freshwaters Illustrated efforts.

The Hidden RIvers team

Hidden Rivers is Directed by Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk of Freshwaters Illustrated. Music by Humming House. Narrated by Suzanne Frank.

Produced with support from The Lyndhurst Foundation, Tennessee Valley Authority, The Benwood Foundation, Riverview Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Tallassee Fund, Little Tennessee Native Fish Conservation Area Partners, Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation, Society for Freshwater Science, and the World Wildlife Fund.

Produced in Cooperation with Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, Conservation Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Pisgah National Forest, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Mainspring Conservation Trust, Tennessee River Rescue, Mainspring Conservation Trust, American Rivers, NANPA.

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