Film Screening of A River Speaks by Steve Hamm

The Branford Land Trust and the Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance join forces to present the film A River Speaks by Steve Hamm on Tuesday, May 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. The film will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

A River Speaks is an exploration of the Mill River, a small river in south-central Connecticut. But, more broadly, it is an examination of humanity’s complex relationship with the rest of nature. We love our rivers, but we treat them terribly. We poison them with sewage, industrial waste, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. And when we poison our rivers, we poison ourselves. The film is an inspiration, a warning, and a call to action.

Steve Hamm, director, is a freelance writer, book author, and documentary filmmaker based in New Haven, CT. He has made a series of community-building documentaries in collaboration with Scott N. Amore, including The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy and Fentanyl Madness. His latest book, The Pivot: Addressing Global Problems Through Local Action, was published by Columbia University Press in 2021. He is currently one of the leaders in a grassroots climate action initiative, Reimagining New Haven in the Era of Climate Change.

Scott N. Amore, editor, is a media producer born and raised in greater New Haven, CT. Editing documentary films, television commercials and educational videos has been his vocation for 25 years. Music recording, production, and performance are other creative outlets he enjoys greatly. Scott is the founder of InnerSpace Sound Labs, recording and mixing all genres of music, currently located in Durham, CT. His path in life is to help other people make their art and he enjoys collaborating with artists and helping the creative process.

The film screening is free and open to the public, and will be held in the auditorium of the Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St, Branford. For more information on this and other upcoming events — Mother’s Day Bird Walks (May 13-14), a Saturday Work Party at Johnson Point (May 21), and the Mountain Laurel Walk with Dr. Joseph Inguanti (May 27) — please visit

The Branford Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accredited by the Land Trust Alliance, established in 1967 to protect Branford’s open space and natural resources. Run by volunteers and supported by member families and businesses, the Land Trust manages and protects over 1,000 acres in more than 130 parcels and holds conservation easements on another 400 acres in Branford.