Five African-American anglers wearing waders and holding fishing gear while standing in a knee-deep stream

Tales from Planet Earth – Blackwaters: Brotherhood in the Wild

“Where do I, as a Black man, fit in nature?” “How do we hold space in nature for our next generation of young men?” These are some of the questions posed by the new documentary Blackwaters: Brotherhood in the Wild, which follows five men with five unique perspectives as they embark on a fly-fishing adventure in the Gates of the Arctic Circle National Park. For each of the men, nature has been a source of healing, and self-fulfillment and inspiration, particularly around the topic of representation in the outdoors.

The Nelson Institute’s Tales from Planet Earth film series is thrilled to host the cast of Blackwaters as they engage with the Madison campus and community, share their experiences, and offer free film screenings.

View the trailer

Join us on September 16, 17, or 18 for a free screening of the film and a chance meet the cast, including:

  • Chad Brown, director and creative director, adventure photographer, cinematographer, and founder of Love is King
  • James Edward Mills, producer and founder of the Joy Trip Project
  • Jahmicah Dawes, owner and CEO of Slim Pickins Outfitters
  • Nic Brooks, founder and CEO of Outdoor Gear and Beer, LLC
  • Alex Bailey, founder and executive director of Black Outsince, Inc.


Attendance is free for all events; secure your spot as seats are limited. Questions? Contact us at

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023
6:30–8 p.m.

UW South Madison Partnership
2238 S. Park Street

Join us for a screening of Blackwaters: Brotherhood in the Wild, followed by a Q & A with the cast.

This event is hosted by the UW Odyssey Project and the UW South Madison Partnership.

Register for Sept. 16


Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023
5–8 p.m.

Lussier Family Heritage Center
3101 Lake Farm Road

Join us from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for fly fishing demonstrations, a fishing gear display from the DNR Fishmobile, and more! Free pizza will be served. Afterward, catch the screening of Blackwaters: Brotherhood in the Wild and Q & A with the cast from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This event is hosted by Dane County Parks and the Foundation for Dane County Parks.

 Want to fly fish? Dane County Parks is hosting a morning of fly fishing instruction before the movie screening.

Register for Sept. 17


Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
6:30–8 p.m.

Marquee Cinema at Union South
1308 W. Dayton Street

Join us for a screening of Blackwaters: Brotherhood in the Wild, followed by Q & A with the cast.

Register for Sept. 18

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About Tales from Planet Earth

Tales from Planet Earth is a film series hosted by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. These free viewings are selected to feature compelling narratives to the work of scholars and community organizations who advocate for environmental and social justice. Originally a film festival, Tales from Planet Earth has evolved into a community based, interactive engagement and learning experience.

Support the Nelson Institute

The Nelson Institute is pleased to offer a variety of free public programs, lectures, and events, demonstrating our commitment and dedication to the Wisconsin Idea: the principle that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

If you would like to support Tales from Planet Earth and the Nelson Institute’s related programming, please make your gift.


Sep 16 - 18 2023


Various locations (see schedule in event details)