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A film about the NORTH AMERICAN WEST
A musical tribute to LAND and WATER
A cautionary tale about the ENVIRONMENT



The Colorado River has cut through canyons, cultures, and centuries. Here are nine chapters in its fast-flowing journey.

For five million years the Colorado has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet. It has also become the lifeline of a vast portion of North America, providing the water that sustains nearly forty million people, half a dozen major cities, and an immense agricultural empire. Because of these demands, the river is so overused and overpromised that it no longer flows to the sea or nourishes its delta. The Colorado, set to music by today’s leading composers and narrated by the stage legend Mark Rylance, takes us on a journey in nine chapters through the prehistoric settlements of the region, the period of European exploration, the dam-building era, modern industrial agriculture and immigration, and the impact of climate change. The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet), and composer-percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco) perform the film’s exhilarating score.


Feature Documentary / United States / 90 minutes


Murat Eyuboglu

William deBuys and Murat Eyuboglu

Mark Rylance

National Sawdust

Murat Eyuboglu, Sylvestre Campe, Dean Eldrige

David Sarno

John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Glenn Kotche,
Shara Nova, Paola Prestini

Roomful of Teeth, Brad Wells, director
Glenn Kotche, percussion
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello


"visually captivating and unsettling"

"performed by some of the most innovative soundsmiths around"

"A multidimensional portrait... alternately spectral, dazzling, ugly, and phenomenal."


"a striking, thoughtful and cautionary piece of art"


"sight and sound at the height of their power"


March 18
The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Live Version

March 6
Illinois Wesleyan University, Film Version

October 5
Biblioteca Pública Central Estatal de Mexicali
Festival de Octubre
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, Film Version

October 6
Colegio de Educación Profesional Técnica
Universidad Tecnológica de San Luis Río Colorado
Universidad Estatal de Sonora
San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, Film Version

September 28
Taos Environmental Film Festival, Taos, NM, Film Version

September 8
Golden Tree International Documentary Film Festival
Frankfurt am Main, Film Version

September 6
Prochnow Auditorium, Flagstaff, AZ, Film Version

May 11-July 20
Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, NM, Film Version

April 21-22
Stanford Live, Palo Alto, CA, Live Version

April 7
NHTI Film Society, Concord, NH, Film Version

April 2
Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI, Film Version

March 18
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital,
Washington DC, April Film Version

May 18
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Live Version

April 12
Da Camera, Houston, TX Live Version

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