Hello Friends of the Colorado River!
Grab your popcorn and a hot date — it’s movie night! While we’ve all been busy advocating for the protection and restoration of the Colorado River, documentary filmmakers across the Southwest U.S. have been busy making films. Here’s the four latest films you’ll need to put on your “much watch” list for the Colorado River.
First is “Last Rush For The Wild West” which highlights the Tar Sands threat and other dirty energy projects in Utah and Colorado. Made by Jennifer Eckstrom, the film interviews activists and digs in deep about the likely impacts of tar sands and oil shale on the landscapes and waterways of the West.
The film debuted in September at the Moab International Film Festival. To get a screening of the film in your community, contact Jennifer Ekstrom through the film’s facebook page here.
Second is “Warm Springs” which tells the harrowing tale of one of the last wild rapids on the last wild river in the Southwest U.S., the Warm Springs Rapid on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Park. Directed by Cody Perry and Ben Saheb, the film has some organization heft behind it with support from O.A.R.S. rafting company, Friends of the Yampa, Rig To Flip, American Whitewater, and American Rivers. As such, Warm Springs is a high-quality production.
For screening details, go to Rig To Flip’s website here.
Third is “Wrenched,” a brand new film by M.L. Lincoln which chronicles the history and era of “monkey wrenching” environmental activism and the exploits of legendary writer/activist Edward Abbey. This film has many long minutes of previously unseen footage and speeches of Edward Abbey — if you’re an Abbey aficionado, this is a must see. The “cracking” of Glen Canyon Dam also plays prominently in this film as does Abbey’s work of fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang.
To get screening details visit the film’s website here.
Finally, Pete McBride has been at it again! Pete and his merry band of river-exploring friends were the first in history to paddle the pulse flow of the Colorado River Delta earlier this year after the U.S. and Mexico released water back in the river. Pete’s new film, “Delta Dawn,” which chronicles that trip, will premier at the Banff International Film Festival in November. Pete’s last production, “Chasing Water,” received international awards and acclaim. We are really looking forward to Pete’s new film, Delta Dawn. You can see the trailer for Delta Dawn here. To contact Pete about screening details for the full film, visit Pete’s website here.
Have a GREAT time watching these movies. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for more adventures!