The Colorado is a feature documentary that is both narrated and sung, a live performance, and a comprehensive educational resource. It explores the Colorado River Basin from a holistic perspective and places the ecological predicaments of the region in a rich social and historical context.
The Colorado River has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet for five million years, and its delta as a lush wetland is within living memory. Today, with a booming agricultural industry to support and nearly forty million people in a half-dozen major cities dependent on its waters, the Colorado is overused, over-promised, and unable even to reach its delta.
We believe that effective stewardship of land and water begins with love and knowledge and continues with dedicated activism. The Colorado is designed to inspire the love, instill the knowledge, and encourage the activism.
Narrated by the Oscar-nominee Mark Rylance, composed by five critically-acclaimed composers and sung by the Grammy-laureate vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, The Colorado explores topics ranging from the prehistoric settlements of the region to the current plight of the river’s delta region. Other sections cover crucial facets of the river’s history, such as the period of European exploration, the dam-building era and its legacy, industrial agriculture and immigration, as well as the impact of climate change on the region.
A comprehensive educational resource, corresponding section by section to the film, accompanies The Colorado and offers the public the opportunity to explore any of the topics addressed in the film in greater depth.
The mission of The Colorado is to create a crossroads between art, ecology and regional history, while sensitizing audiences to pressing issues of our times.
The Colorado is intended to be the first in a series of multi-media projects, cultivating a layered understanding of different regions, towards a better stewardship of resources.