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!
July 15, 2010:
The Alaska International Film Festival announced “The River Why” won the Best Narrative Feature award. Zach Gilford won the Best Actor award for his lead role as “Gus”.
Here’s the scoop from earthtimes.org
The honor of Best Narrative Feature was given to “The River Why”, directed by Matthew Leutwyler (USA). Based on the novel of the same title, this coming-of-age story is about Gus Orviston, who leaves his eccentric parents in the city for what he thinks is fly-fishing bliss along the banks of a wild river. It quickly turns into a journey of self-discovery and the meaning of life. Most of all, it is a love story: the love of a man for the wilderness and for the beautiful woman who comes to share it with him.
The honor of Best Actor was given to Zach Gilford in “The River Why” directed by Matthew Leutwyler (USA). Gilford gives an outstanding performance playing protagonist Gus Orviston in this coming-of-age story about discovering love in his connection with nature and his relationship with a beautiful woman.
The "Best Cinematography, The Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC Award: Feature" Award
I’m pleased to announce The River Why won the “Best Cinematography, The Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC Award: Feature” Award last night at the Ashland Independent Film Festival! This is a wonderful honor and very meaningful since we filmed The River Why in Oregon, along the Wilson River in Portland, in 2008.
We’ll post more pictures and updates from the festival soon, but we had to share the great news.
To see the full list of Awardees, please visit the Ashland Independent Film Festival‘s web site.
Thank you, Ashland!
-The Cast and Crew of “The River Why”