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November 26, 2010

Great Review from St. Louis International Film Festival

Great Review from  www.wearemoviegeeks.com!

Review by Dana Jung

Using a river as a metaphor for life is nothing new. Many books and films (think A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT) have made use of this strong and compelling image. The winding path of water, sometimes running fast with rapids, other times eddying into quiet pools and lagoons, teaming with a variety of river life, and so on. The potential for symbolism is endless. The new film THE RIVER WHY can safely be added to this long list. Beginning as a slow and thoughtful hodgepodge of philosophical ideas, the movie ultimately becomes a sweet-natured love story.

Zach Gilford (TVs FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) is Gus, a young man living under the double weight of his father’s minor but overbearing fame as a fisherman & author, and his mother’s constant bickering with his father. When they argue, he says, “it’s not who’s getting the last word, but who’s getting the next word. One day, he decides he’s had enough and leaves to live in his own place by the river, so he can do what he loves: fish. What starts out as an ode to angling, though, soon begins taking detours into the philosophy of religion and life, tossing off lines like, “The way that goes ahead often looks as if it went back.” But after meandering along in its first half like a slow current, this RIVER hits its stride in the second half as the banks narrow, and we even get some rapids (sorry, too much?) as the romance carries the movie to its emotionally satisfying conclusion.

Director Matthew Leutwyler (THE OH IN OHIO, another nice love story driven by offbeat characterization) effectively intercuts the lure and beauty of nature with the fine performances of his excellent cast. Gilford is funny and appealing as the awkward Gus. Veterans William Hurt and Kathleen Quinlan are simply wonderful as his parents, creating memorable characters from small parts that could have easily tipped into caricature. William Devane provides some much-needed humor as a grizzled journalist and fishing enthusiast who befriends Gus. And Amber Heard (literally miles away from her roles in ZOMBIELAND and PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) shines in perhaps the most pivotal role in the film, as the girl of Gus’s dreams. This talented young actress has shown such range in her performances, stardom has to be just around the corner.

Although it may take some patience on the part of the viewer, THE RIVER WHY, like a sunny afternoon spent fishing in a shady pool, will eventually yield its own small rewards.

November 11, 2010

The River Why in St. Louis, MO

HI All,

The St. Louis International Film Festival opens tonight.  It’s a great fest.

The River Why is screening there on Saturday, November 20 at 4:15 pm, at the Tivoli.

Saw a review by Alice Telios, of PLAYBACK:stl.com, today:

“(Director Matthew) Leutwyler may be able to turn any city slicker into a lover of the outdoors.”

City slicker, or not – be sure to check it out!

November 8, 2010

“The River Why” wins Audience Award!

Last night, the Naples International Film Festival presented director, Matthew Leutwyler, the Audience Award for “The River Why”!

Many thanks to the Naples audience and to NIFF.  This is terrific!

November 2, 2010

Zach Gilford at Savannah Film Festival

Check out this great article about Zach and “The River Why” at:

http://www.connectsavannah.com/news/article/103061/

November 1, 2010

Three Great Film Festivals this weekend!

Hi All,

Three great events coming up this weekend – and three great opportunities in three different places to see the film, greet our star who plays “Gus” , Zach Gilford, meet our director, Matthew Leutwyler and support a good cause.

Zach Gilford will be appearing at the Savannah Film Festival on November 5 at 9:30 pm for a special screening of “The River Why.  http://filmfest.scad.edu/event/the-river-why/

That same night, a little further south, our director/editor Matthew Leutwyler will be appearing at the Naples International Film Festival in Florida for a screening November 5 at 8 pm.  The film will screen again on November 6 at 12 pm and on November 7 at 11:30 a.m.  http://naples.bside.com/2010/films/theriverwhy_matthewleutwyler_naples2010

The filmmakers of “The River Why” donated 25 tickets to veterans from Walter Reed Hospital who are participating in Project Healing Waters so they could see the film when it screens at the Alexandria Film Festival (Virginia), November 6  at 7 pm.   Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.  For tickets, please go to: http://alexandriafilm.org/schedule/

Have fun,

Kristi

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