This is the story of the beautiful, historic American River in the rugged Sierra Foothills above Sacramento, California, and a plan to drown its spectacular canyons with the proposed Auburn Dam.  The dam never came to pass as a result of the many passionate voices who fought to keep the American River wild. 

Length: 12 minutes. Funded by the Compton Foundation and Friends of the River. Released 1998.


Narrated by Deirdre Kennedy

Written and edited by Diane LaMacchia

Camera and music by Doug Prose

Produced and directed by

Doug Prose and Diane LaMacchia

The Wild American