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Waterways Film Tour – Historic New Harmony Atheneum

March 31, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We invite you to come enjoy a selection of original short films about Indiana waterways created by six Hoosier filmmakers!
Indiana Humanities is hosting a 9-city film tour featuring six short documentary films about Indiana’s waterways. These films, developed in conjunction with Indiana Humanities’ environmental humanities theme, Unearthed, tell stories from across the state of Hoosiers and their diverse relationships with water. From the efforts to reintroduce the hellbender salamander, to the fading art of netmaking, the films explore issues of access and conservation, as well as the unique cultures that spring up around Indiana’s waterways.
See the trailer here:
5:30 PM Doors open (Please note: early entry will not be permitted)
6:00 PM Film screenings begin
8:00 PM Film screenings conclude
This screening will also include a Q&A with the filmmakers.
This event is free and open to the public. This event will include a brief intermission. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be offered.
Please note: Though advance registration is requested, a ticket does not guarantee you a seat. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis and we will oversell this event. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time. Please check our website and Facebook page (@INhumanities) for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 safety protocols at this and other locations.
These films are recommended for viewers over the age of 12.
About the Film: In rural Southern Indiana, two men carry on the tradition of crafting hoopnets and commercially fishing in the White and Wabash Rivers. Despite the threat of invasive species, climate change impacts and the shifting dynamics of commercial fishing and social norms, Larry and Danny spend countless hours hand-tying thousands of knots to create the intricate hoopnets that have been used in the area since the Great Depression. While they take their own approaches to crafting their nets, both recognize the precarious state of this tradition, and hope that the culture of hoopnet making will be picked up by future generations before it becomes lost to time.
About the Filmmaker: Hannah Lindgren is a documentary filmmaker and video content creator with more than a decade of visual storytelling experience. A native of Indianapolis and graduate of Ball State University, she owned her own video production company and later worked for Time, Inc. (now Meredith). Her most recent documentary short, 50 Little Birds, was produced in partnership with Tilt23 Studios where she works as a video editor and producer in addition to continuing freelance work.
About the Film: From New York to Appalachia, the two-foot-long Eastern hellbender salamander is an indicator species of our river health. The population has declined noticeably since the early 1980s. Taking place in the Blue River watershed of Southern Indiana, the short film Hellbender in the Blue shares the story of a state-wide effort of improving the environment for our slimy friend and the water for us all.
About the Filmmaker: As a documentary filmmaker and owner of Teardrop Pictures, Katelyn Calhoun highlights stories that spark empathy towards people and the planet. In the past few years, Katelyn directed three short documentaries about Indiana residents’ connection with the natural world, Hellbender in the Blue (2021), Snag in the Plan (2019), and Braided with the Current (2018). Her goal is to represent Indiana on a national and international level as she creates non-fiction films about communities all over the world.
About the Film: Land Val · ues artfully weaves the beauty of the land, a cast of memorable characters, and a community that honors tradition, values hard work, and respects the land. Showcasing the collective efforts of farmers, landowners, and stakeholders in the community, the film illustrates smart farming practices and smart environmental practices working together for the greater good of the community at large–cultivating continued economic and environmental success in the region and building a lasting legacy of stewardship of the land for generations to come.
About the Filmmakers: Johnny Klemme grew up on a farm in West Central Indiana. From a young age, his parents taught him the value of our connection to water, earth, and agriculture. Through countless outdoor adventures, camping excursions, and river trips, he developed a strong kinship with mother nature. Johnny is a graduate of Purdue University and continues to pursue his passion for the great outdoors, land management, and agriculture within his professional career. When not in the office, he can typically be found on the creek or in the woods with his loved ones and four-legged friends.
Ben Massie is a life-long resident of West Central Indiana. Spending time outdoors has been a large part of his life since early childhood. As a young boy, Ben would venture afield with his dad who would instill the importance of and appreciation for our natural resources. This passion continued to grow over the years through countless adventures in nature. Today, Ben enjoys telling stories of these beautiful natural places through the art of filmmaking via his business, Flatland Films. When Ben is not behind a camera enjoying nature, he loves to spend time outdoors with his three young boys, sharing the same passion for these wild places that his father instilled in him over 30 years ago.
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.
Indiana Humanities will make reasonable modifications to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs. If you need an accommodation, please email Sam Opsahl at
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Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Richard Meier, the Atheneum has received numerous design awards, including the Progressive Architecture Award for 1979, the American Institute of Architects Award in 1982, and the Twenty-five Year Award in 2008. The stunning building, which serves as the Visitors Center for New Harmony, houses exhibits on the communal history of New Harmony, a recently upgraded theater and the Museum Shop.


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