A big congratulations goes out to Zach Gilford (“Gus” in The River Why) and Kiele Sanchez who were married this past weekend in Napa, CA. They are two really terrific people and one heck of a fun and wonderful couple. Here’s to many years of happiness and great adventures.
Be sure to check out Amber Heard’s new film, “Drive Angry -3D”. Starring Nicholas Cage, it’s a wild ride and she’s getting great reviews. www.driveangry3d.com
We’re just back from the Sedona International Film Festival and the Geography of Hope Film Festival. All screenings were sold out and we got a great response from the audiences. Both festivals wrap this weekend, so if you’re any where near Sedona, AZ or Point Reyes, CA , I hope you have a chance to go. Great festivals, good people and gorgeous scenery.
And lastly, here’s an interview done during the Mill Valley Film Festival with yours truly:
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.
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.
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/
Based on the acclaimed novel, “The River Why”, starring Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, Kathleen Quinlan, Dallas Robert, William Devane and William Hurt is playing this Friday 8/27/10 at the Tribeca Cinema at 7:30 pm as part of acefest.
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.
June 23 was an amazing night! Many thanks to our sponsors : Patagonia, Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters and The Orchard Hotel. They made it possible to have all of the proceeds of the event go directly to Friends of the River and California Trout.
And many thanks to Lucasfilm and ILM for letting us use their gorgeous and technically perfect theater. The film looked and sounded incredible. Cathy and Kenn were great to work with.
The evening started at the Presidio Social Club. Great hors d’oeurves and wine.
Then it was over to the theater. Many more thanks to the TRW cast and crew who joined us: the beautiful, talented and wonderful Kathleen Quinlan (“Ma”) – who turned into quite a fisher person herself. Our great director/editor Matt Leutwyler. Our scriptwriters Tom Cohen (full disclosure – he’s my much loved husband, too) and John Jay Osborn, Jr. Our co-producer and fish biologist, Josh Murphy (who took care of all living, dead and puppet fish), and three of our Executive Producers: Shari Quinney, David Quinney and Jun Tan.
And a most special thanks to the fabulous women who put the whole evening together: Harriet Moss, on the board of FOR, Shannon Moon, Outreach Manager at Cal Trout and Ann Krcik – event producer extraordinaire.
We hope to have more partnerships with river and fishconservation groups in the future. Stay tuned.