Movies That Matter Presents DamNation

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. We learn of examples where diverse interests have come together to remove obsolete dams and find more cost-effective options to meet power, shipping, irrigation, and other needs, while helping to restore rivers, preserve tribal customs, recover fish stocks, revitalize waterfronts, improve recreational opportunities and render watersheds more resilient to climate change.

Some call it a movement with a rallying cry from John Muir, “Free the rivers”; others call it a generational shift in values. DamNation documents both — and the undeniable momentum behind river restoration that has begun to take hold in our country. The good news is that when obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access.

With majestic cinematography that takes the viewers through rivers and landscapes altered by dams,

DamNation, garnered Audience Choice awards at both the SXSW Film Festival and Mountain Film in Telluride. Don’t miss this documentary on Tuesday, March 17, 4:30 pm at UUFDC. (2014, 87 minutes)

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The Fine Art of Rocks, Trees and Flowing Water

Laszlo Szakala

Laszlo Szakala

The next exhibit in the UU Gallery features landscape photography by Laszlo A. Szakala from March 1 through April 28.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo came to the United States in 1991.  After learning English, he pursued his lifelong dream by earning a degree in Fine Art Photography, with an emphasis on black and white printing, in 1997. He resides in Baileys Harbor with his wife and three children.

Laszlo specializes in black and white and color landscape photography, with a focus on rock formations, trees and flowing water. He has found his subjects throughout the United States, in California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin. He uses a 4 x 5 large-format film camera and prints by hand. He does not use digital equipment or techniques. Influences on his work include Ansel Adams, John Sexton and Howard Bond, under whom he studied.

Photo by Laszlo Szakala
His work is a part of the permanent collection at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay and is held in many private collections. Although Fine Art Photography is not a career for him, it remains his passion and a joy that draws him back time and time again.

The UU Gallery is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. Gallery hours are 1-3 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11am-12:30 pm Sunday, and by appointment at 854-7559.

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Timm Reads for March Dickinson

Henry C Timm

Henry C Timm

Henry C. Timm is the featured reader for the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 pm.

Timm is an actor, director, poet, playwright and publisher. His degrees (from Hamline University and the University of Minnesota, and from post graduate studies at Brandeis University and the University of Oslo) reflect his involvement with poetry, dramatic writing and the literatures of England, America, France, Germany and Scandinavia – particularly Norway.  His own work has been performed in California, New York (City and State), Wisconsin, New England, and abroad.

Timm’s collection of poems, Minimal Screeds and Transcendental Scrawls, is currently available from Caravaggio Press. A second collection, Learning How To See – Art as Vision: meditations on poetry and painting, is scheduled for release this fall. For further information, one may contact Henry by regular mail c/o MIThA, Inc., PO Box 41, Ellison Bay, WI 54210 or by email at

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Dickinson Poetry Series Features Student Poets from Gibraltar High School

UUFDCIn the first year of the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series, 2009-2010, a Gibraltar student was a featured reader. The reading was such a success that we knew we should encourage more student readers. We established one reading each year just for students and the successes have continued. The audiences have been moved by the depth and poignancy of the student poems.

Lauren Bremer, an English teacher at Gibraltar, teaches, coaches, and inspires the students’ poetry. This year, the sixth in the series, twelve students have already asked to read and Mrs. Bremer says there might be more. Students are still coming to her asking if there is still time to be included. Those already scheduled are: Seniors – Chris Anderson, Makenna Ash, Evan Board, Ben Bruns, Kendra Geitner, Libby Glade, Kailey House, and Lillian McDonald and Juniors – Madalyn Gray, Connor MacDonald, Olivia Potter, and Anna Snell. Several of the seniors have read previously in the series and the juniors insure that the tradition will continue.

So, mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 11 to join in a stimulating evening. The featured readers begin at 7 pm followed by an open mic. A post-reading reception provides an opportunity to discuss the poetry.

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