Chatham Hickory Cinema

2 Screenings Only!

Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00pm

Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00pm

Tickets Available Now!

Celebrate Earth Day on a cinematic journey down the Passaic River! See the award-winning documentary AMERICAN RIVER at the newly re-opened theater in Chatham, New Jersey, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. We hope you can join us for this special event!

AMERICAN RIVER comes to Chatham!

Purchase Tickets Here

2 Screenings Only!

Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00pm

Sunday, April 23rd at 4:00pm

Followed by a conversation with the filmmaker

Moderated by Margaret Holzer, PhD

Adult: $13.50 - Senior: $11.50 - Children: $11.00

Please invite friends and family!

Chatham Hickory Cinema

641 Shunpike Rd

Hickory Square Shopping 

Chatham, NJ 07928

Phone: (973) 822-1550


“A fantastic voyage through America’s past and present, from its breathtaking, unspoiled beginnings to its growth as a global industrial power, all along a frequently overlooked river." Bill Westhoven, Reporter, USA Today

“Rich informational content, engaging interviews and a balanced yet optimistic outlook. American River is an expertly crafted film. We loved the focus on such a neglected river and believe it's an important story to share with our audience.” - Sam Fiebel, Environmental Film Festival at Yale 

"I loved the movie - very moving and compelling. Great visuals and connections to the area's fascinating history. Most rivers have a great story and you all did the Passaic proud!" Edgar Miller, Yadkin Riverkeeper, North Carolina

Scene from AMERICAN RIVER - Crossing the Passaic at Great Falls.


AMERICAN RIVER is a feature documentary about a 4-day, 80-mile kayak journey down New Jersey's Passaic River. The central character is Mary Bruno, who spent her childhood afraid of the polluted stretch of the Passaic near her home. Decades later, she returns to explore the river of her youth and tell its story.

AMERICAN RIVER follows Ms. Bruno and River Guide Carl Alderson as they kayak from the Passaic's pristine headwaters to its toxic mouth in Newark Bay. Along the way, candid conversations with residents, experts and advocates reveal the river's extraordinary history, geology and ecology: How did this powerful and once-celebrated river become one of the most contaminated in the nation? Can it be saved?

Three years in the making, the 86-minute documentary was directed by seasoned filmmaker Scott Morris and based on Mary Bruno's 2012 book, An American River; From Paradise to Superfund. The filmmaking team includes Producer Kelly Sheehan, Director of Photography Roger Grange, Consulting Editor Keith Reamer, Composer Ben Morris and Executive Producer S. Dillard Kirby.

Visit for detailed info about the film, cast and crew, press materials and screenings. And be sure to join the film's mailing list for updates and to send questions and comments.

More than 1500 attended our screening at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on January 20th.

Below: Q&A with Carl Alderson, Mary Bruno, Scott Morris and moderator Neil Maher.

Photos: Juan Giraldo


  • January 2023 - New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) – Special screening and Q&A with the filmmaking team. 1550 tickets sold! For info click here.

  • September 2022 - Global Peace Film Festival, Winter Park, FL (Orlando) – In-person screenings and Q&A with filmmaker. For info click here.

  • October 2022 - Clean Water Celebration in Lewisburg, PA. AMERICAN RIVER was the centerpiece of the event with an in-person screening and panel at the historic Campus Cinema. Check out their blog about the film and event.

  • June 2022 - Waterkeeper Alliance Global Conference in Washington DC.  Scott Morris presented Film As Advocacy Tool, a training session for non-profits about how to use AMERICAN RIVER for fundraising and community awareness.

  • May 2022 – The Nature Conservancy – Private in-person screening and fundraising event hosted by Montclair Film.

  • April 2022 - Yale and Princeton Environmental Film Festivals – official selection for both in-person and virtual events.

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