Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub

Release date:March 14, 2008
(NY; LA release: Mar. 28)

Studio:First Run Features

Director:Dean Budnick

MPAA Rating:N/A


Starring:Bob Weir, Dave Matthews, Mike Gordon, Nick Hexum, Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, Mike Doughty, Hanson , John Medeski, Darius Rucker


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Plot Summary:

Wetlands. For many the name evokes a spirit, a community, an ethos. People still rave about the time they first encountered The Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Phish or Pearl Jam at the legendary New York City rock club. Others never visited, but have seen the signature Wetlands bus in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or have listened to the celebrated live recordings that originated from the club’s intimate stage. Still others participated in Wetlands’ working groups for social and environmental advocacy and remain tethered to its influential Activism Center. With the opening of "Wetlands Preserve" in February 1989 as a self-styled "Eco-Saloon," the nightclub was already an anomaly. By the time it had closed in September 2001, it had become an archetype as well. Yet while the Wetlands legend and legacy endures, a full account of its rich history remains untold. Even those who have a familiarity with the venue know only a fraction of the story. Vintage footage, original recordings and new digital animation tell the story of the celebrated nightclub in Tribeca New York. It traces the history of this venue and its denizens as they find their way, ultimately thriving as an independent nightclub that supports new music and providing a nurturing proving ground for talent, many of whom appear in the film. Wetlands Preserved presents the many facets of this unique, influential and progressive New York institution.