Chasing Water

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Subjects: Agriculture, American Studies, Biology, Earth Science, Environment, Geography, Government, Nature, Photography, Sustainable Development, Water

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 18 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2011
Available in French: No

After spending a decade working abroad as a photojournalist, Colorado native Pete McBride, decided to focus on something closer to his home and his heart: the Colorado River which cuts through his backyard. Taking nearly three years, McBride followed the river source to sea on a personal journey to see exactly where the river goes and what becomes of the irrigation water that flows across his family's cattle ranch in central Colorado after it returns to the creek.
Recruiting hisfather, John, as his personal pilot McBride chose an aerial vantage to capture a unique and fresh view of the Colorado River Basin. He also partnered with Jon Waterman, an author who stayed stream level to paddle the entire length of the river.
This short film takes the viewer on a 1,500 mile adventure downstream, from mountains and cities and through canyons and across shrinking reservoirs. For 6 million years the Colorado River flowed to the sea. Today it runs dry some 90 miles shy of its historic terminus at the Sea of Cortez.
This visual journey is both revealing and alarming as it highlights the state of the river and the Southwest's drying future.
Featuring the photography of Pete McBride and music by Explosions In The Sky, This Will Destroy You, Jesse Cook, and Ludovico Einaudi.
"Highly Recommended...Ideal for classroom use, this film raises generates questions and curiosity in the viewer which would be a great transition into additional research...Chasing Water is a beautiful looking film which provides a great example of the effects humans have on the environment. Without being overly didactic, it raises awareness of current water issues that will have enormous impact in the near future."
- Tom Ipri, Drexel University, Educational Media Reviews Online
"Enlightening...[A] sobering true story of an increasingly endangered watershed, highly recommended for both school and public library collections."  
- The Midwest Book Review
"This film is a powerful way to show students how much damage human activity can do to the environment. It is appropriate for middle school, high school, college and adult audiences...Appropriate for biology, Earth science, and environmental science classes."
- Richard Lord, NSTA Recommends

Best Short Mountain Film, Banff Mountain Film Festival
Most Inspiring Story, 5Point Film Festival
Best Environmental Documentary, Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride
Water for All Award, CMS Vatavaran Film Festival, Delhi
Best Documentary, Clearwater Film Festival
Audience Award, Short Film, EcoFocus Film Festival, Athens, GA
Best Environmental Film, Frozen Film Festival, San Francisco
Best Cinematography & Best of Category, Montana CINE International Film Festival
Best Land to Sea Film, Waimea Ocean Film Festival
Best Environmental Documentary, Mountain Film Awards, Mammoth, CA
Adventure through Activism Award, Adventure Film Festival, Boulder
Honorable Mention, Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Screened at:
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Flagstaff Film Festival
Reel Change Film Festival
Wine Country Film Festival
Wyoming Film Festival
Reel Paddling Film Festival


Pete McBride Photography

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