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July 1, 2013

The River Why on Showtime

HI All,

Check out The River Why on Showtime this month.  And check out our stars:  Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, Kathleen Quinlan, Dallas Roberts, William Devane and William Hurt.

http://www.sho.com/sho/movies/titles/138884/the-river-why#/airings/138884/the-river-why

Enjoy the film!

Kristi

April 24, 2013

The River Why now on Hulu Plus!

HI All,

We just learned yesterday that  The River Why is now available on Hulu Plus.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/481475

Here’s the link if you’re a subscriber:

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You can still buy copies of the film from us at www.theriverwhy.com and get it on Amazon, Netflix and Showtime, among others.

Enjoy!

Kristi

December 31, 2012

Happy New Year to All!

And many thanks for your support for our film.  We love hearing from you.  A few examples below……

Wow, What a movie! You don’t have to like fly fishing to love this movie. Wow, What a movie!”

“Fantastic movie for anyone who has a philosophical bone in their body, a passion for a hobby/sport, and loves beauty. The film swept me away and is now on my list of favorite movies. In an age where so many movies are insultingly stupid and obnoxious, this is refreshingly thoughtful, the cinematography unforgettable and every bit is believable – not just because of the talented actors but a genuinely good story. Although I thought it was a romance when I put it in my queue, it is SO much more! And yet the romantic portion of the film was integral and so very well done. I highly recommend!!”

“Never read the book, but if the movie was this good then the book should be sublime. So, I guess I’ll have to fit the book in somewhere. For me the movies works on a number of levels: coming of age and into yourself along with finding out who that might be, figuring out who you really are beyond who you thought you were, and of course, a nice love story. Two love stories actually as you find later a depth to the parent’s relationship that folks can be excused for missing early on. If you aren’t contemplative type and you can’t appreciate that learning is experiential, therefore takes time and well, experiences, then you may not enjoy the movie as much.”

“This really is a wonderful treasure. Thank god for independent movies. It was the perfect movie for me this day as Im feeling the changes of early Fall. Im in Maine and walk everyday a few miles thru woods and ponds and huge river. I think that is when this story snatched me in and I was hooked. Anyhow I loved this great story that just chugged along and got better and better. Also a happy end is something I like. Maybe some people didn’t care for it because they are locked into the city world. I prefer being locked here by father mother nature. Sad so many people so seldom connect back with nature. If you love a story told in a rural area you will like this movie. I really didn’t want it to end. All the actors were right on the mark which really is another reason to watch. I hope you do.”

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

October 12, 2010

Some history on making “The River Why”

Hi All,

This was recently posted by Atissa Manshouri on the Mill Valley Patch.   It will give you some background on how the film came to life.  Thanks for the post, Atissa.

http://millvalley.patch.com/articles/mvff-the-river-why-runs-back-to-mill-valley

For Tom and Kristi Denton Cohen, the Mill Valley Film Festival is more than just a cherished hometown event. It’s where they first met in 1983 (she as a volunteer, he as a filmmaker), where they live and where they will finally screen their feature film The River Why, a labor of love that’s taken more than 20 years to reach the screen.

The film is based on David James Duncan’s novel of the same name, a cult favorite ranked 35th on the San Francisco Chronicle’s list of 100 best books about the American West. The story of young fly-fisherman Gus Orviston’s coming-of-age and his quest for self-knowledge on the banks of a remote Oregon river has developed a wide following in the years since the Sierra Club first published it in 1982.

Bringing the novel to the screen has been a passion project for the Cohens for over twenty years.

A director (Hungry I Reunion, 1981) and producer (Massive Retaliation, 1984), Tom Cohen optioned the novel and wrote his first version of a screen adaptation soon after it was published. By the time he and Kristi married in 1987, it was meaningful enough to them both to include lines from the script in their wedding vows.

But a bad economy in the late 80s and the surprise success of another fly-fishing film, A River Runs Through It, in 1992, derailed the project. Tom moved forward with his career as an attorney and Kristi with hers as a director and producer of documentary, corporate and nonprofit films.

In 2002, she directed and co-produced Vertical Frontier (MVFF 2002), a documentary about the history of rock climbing in Yosemite narrated by Tom Brokaw, winning several awards from outdoor and mountain film festivals. Her success with that film encouraged the couple to give The River Why one more shot.

With a revised script co-written by John Jay Osborn, Jr. (The Paper Chase) in hand, Kristi and Tom set about finding an experienced LA-based production company, a strategy she learned from attending a Sundance Independent Producers Conference.

She met Jun Tan, a producer with Ambush Entertainment, at a film industry gathering in San Francisco, and he connected her with LA-based Matthew Leutwyler, a Redwood High School graduate who just happened to have read and loved the novel while spending time in Australia. He came on board as the film’s director.

A stroke of good fortune followed. Academy Award winning actor William Hurt – a fly fisherman himself who lives in Oregon – agreed to a supporting role in the film.

“He’s been absolutely tremendous,” Denton Cohen said. “When people hear that he’s involved with the film, it gives a certain credibility right away.”

Finding a natural outdoorsman to play the role of lead character Gus Orvitson was vital, and the filmmakers recalled an Outside magazine profile of up-and-coming young actor Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), who led wilderness adventure trips and counted ice climbing among his hobbies.

“There’s a certain movement that you have in the wilderness that just can’t be faked… it comes through in the body language and the eyes,” Denton Cohen said of Gilford’s comfort in the film’s setting. “Zach had that.”

Production took place in July 2008 on Oregon’s Wilson River and Portland, with a cast that includes William Devane, Amber Heard, and Mill Valley native Kathleen Quinlan, and a crew made up of many Marin-based colleagues.

Denton Cohen felt a strong responsibility to shoot the film in the greenest way possible, not only because of the author’s commitment to the wilderness and the novel’s environmental and naturalist themes, but because she had also become painfully aware of the excessive waste produced on most film shoots.

The producers’ sometimes funny and often frustrating efforts are documented in the short film Greenlit, an enlightening companion piece to The River Why that reveals the many obstacles the filmmakers faced in shooting green.

Although shepherding the film from the page to the screen required over twenty years’ worth of blood, sweat and tears for this Mill Valley couple, Denton Cohen said the struggle has been well worth it.

“If this film makes people stop looking at their handheld devices… just stop and look at a river for a moment, I’ll be happy,” she said. “It’s certainly had its ups and downs, but it’s not just your typical Hollywood film. It takes people to a place they haven’t been before.”

The film had its world premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival in April, but for Denton Cohen and her husband, the hometown screenings here will be “a real celebration… It’s a really good feeling to be here.”

August 13, 2010

River Why Trailer Online!

The trailer for “Ther River Why” is NOW ONLINE!

It can be seen on our website:  www.theriverwhy.com

On youtube.com:

Or on vimeo.com:

Upcoming Screenings:

This weekend, August 14 at 3 pm:  The Rhode Island International Film Festival in Providence, RI

August 27 at 7:30 pm:  ACEFest at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City

Mill Valley Film Festival, Oct 7 -17, 2010

More to come!

May 12, 2010

Giving Back with The River Why

Filed under: Notes from the Producer — Tags: , , , , , , — KDC @ 12:33 pm

Some of you know, one of the ways we’re raising money to pay for the costs of production is through donations.  We’ve currently raised about $700,000 and we want to get that up to at least $1 million.  Once the costs of production are recouped, we will be “re-gifting” the amount raised through donations to non-profits that support rivers and fish.  If the film does well, that amount will increase.  It’s a way to not only pay attention to the issues, but to do something about them.  I attribute the inspiration for this to 1% for the Planet….although for “The River Why” this will be closer to 25%….and possibly more.

We would welcome anyone who wants to get involved with this effort.  When we reach “re-gift” time, you will have a say in where your portion goes.

The San Francisco Film Society is our fiscal sponsor.  To donate, please go to:

http://www.sffs.org/donate/donate-now.aspx?pid=115

thanks!

May 10, 2010

Book vs. Movie Review

There will always be many interpretations of great works of art and literature, the best (and simplest) example being “Romeo and Juliet” in tights and flowing gowns re-interpreted as “Westside Story”  in jeans.  But I especially like how Jam-Tex encourages the broadest appreciation of the experience.

FROM:  Jam-Tex
Music, Culture, and History

The River Why

Last week I got to see the world premier of the film The River Why at the Dallas International Film Festival. The movie is based on the book The River Why by David James Duncan. Duncan is a famed environmental and philosophical fiction writer that weaves fantastic narratives about fishing, religion, and baseball. Duncan should be a staple of American literature. Not only is the River Why an amazing read, but so is the heart-wrenching The Brothers K, an excellent work set in the Vietnam War era.

For the most part, it is common knowledge that the book is always better than the movie. This is the case for The River Why, but that does not mean the filmmakers failed. Quite the contrary, the movie version of The River Why is really good. The film captured many of the philosophical underpinnings of the book. The book leaves the natural world to one’s imagination. Whereas the movie brings the wonderful nature of an Oregon river basin alive. My advice would be to read the book and see the movie.

Kristi:  I agree.  Read the book.  See the movie.  In whatever order you prefer.

April 15, 2010

Video from the Red Carpet at Dallas Int’l Film Festival

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 final screening at the DIFF is TONIGHT at 7:00pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the door! For more info, visit: http://filmguide.dallasfilm.org/tixSYS/2010/xslguide/eventnote?EventNumber=3755&

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