In a small Pennsylvania rural town, the Little Mahoning Creek, a refuge of the rare hellbender salamander and only source of clean drinking water for 700 people, is threatened by the installation of a fracking waste injection well, prompting community members to band together and fight for the rights of their people and nature.


  • 2pm Saturday, March 11
  • 2:30pm Sunday, March 12

Filmmakers: Justin Grubb, Annie Roth

Running Time: 18:59

Language: English

Type: Short

ACFF Audience Choice Award
Hellbent - Justin Grubb

Justin Grubb is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, naturalist, and co-founder of Running Wild Media. Justin earned his B.Sc. in Biology at Bowling Green State University and his Masters of Biology at Miami University. With years of international wildlife field research and formal/informal teaching experience, Justin combines these two fields with media to enhance science communication. Justin’s love for nature and passion for the outdoors has brought him to some of the most extreme habitats on earth to film critically endangered wildlife.

Hellbent - Annie Roth

Annie Roth is a freelance science journalist living in Santa Cruz, California. She enjoys telling stories about animals and the people who study them. Directing Hellbent alongside Justin Grubb was the highlight of the pandemic for her.