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/
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.
Check out this video (featuring Zach Gilford, Kathleen Quinlan, director Matthew Leutwyler,and Screenwriter Tom Cohen) from the Red Carpet Premiere of The River Why at the Dallas International Film Festival.
Note: the cast and crew appear about 5 minutes in.
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.
The River Why was managed and produced by Steel Head Films, based out of Marin County, California. Shot on location in Portland, Oregon, the filming took place in areas surrounding Portland, Wilson River and neighboring communities over a 1-month period from June – July 2008.
The River Why was a small size production of approximately 100 people incorporating small crews, cast, extras and other resources including Location & Unit Crews, Production Office, Transport and Logistics, Special Effects, Art and Construction and Catering Services.
The producers of the film made a commitment towards sustainable production practices, so throughout the project, Steel Head Films and Ambush Entertainment granted Reel Green Media consultants access to key departments, shooting locations, waste management monitoring and water management. The outcomes of the green filmmaking program are detailed in a Green Report.
The green program concentrated all departments with an emphasis on water systems and recycling management. Improvements for reducing, reusing and recycling waste types and quantities were recommended for having a smaller carbon and waste footprint. Key changes included:
using a film-less digital camera
using Biodiesel, bikes and carpooling for transportation
serving local/organic food and sharing the leftovers at the end of the day
scouting fewer locations
and, occasionally, encouraging the crew to camp on location when possible!
As a result, there was approximately a daily 40-50% diversion rate of solid waste throughout the production of The River Why.
The quest to “green” the production of The River Whyis portrayed in GREENLIT, a documentary also screening at the Ashland Independent Film Festivaland the Dallas International Film Festival, directed by Miranda Bailey (Executive Producer on THE SQUID AND THE WHALE). Check out the trailer here.
Even before production began on The River Why, Producer Kristi Denton Cohen had a vision to make the film as socially responsible and “green” as possible. Every year thousands of films are produced in the United States, but each production requires transportation, catering, wardrobe, set construction, and lots and lots of paperwork. The California Film Commission wrote the Green Resource Guide to give filmmakers some tips on how to “green” their productions, but few have tried to implement a green policy on set…until now.
Ms. Denton Cohen wanted The River Why, the coming of age the story of Gus Orviston, the “Mozart of fly fishing”, who leaves home to find himself –and fishing bliss–along the banks of a wild river, to be different.
“Every attempt to be as ‘green’ as possible was made during production – which means sustainable production practices were incorporated as much as possible,” she writes. “This doesn’t mean it was easy, but it does mean nearly 6000 plastic water bottles were eliminated from use and there was approximately a daily 40-50% diversion rate of solid waste.” For more information on their Green Report, visit: http://http://www.theriverwhy.com/About/
Kristi’s quest to “green” the production of The River Whyis portrayed in a documentary also screening at the Ashland Independent Film Festivaland the Dallas International Film Festival. Directed by Miranda Bailey (Executive Producer on THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), GREENLIT follows the production of The River Whyas the filmmakers attempt to keep an environmentally friendly set, thanks to the supervision of a “green” consultant. What starts off with great enthusiasm quickly devolves in this insightful and hilarious film about the difficulties of living up to good intentions. View the trailer here.