Over a montage of rivers and water, Gus Orviston, the hero and narrator of the The River Why, is born with this observation: “The surface of the earth is 30% land and 70% water. A newborn baby is composed of 70% water and 30% everything else. I guess this means that life and water are inseparable.”
This observation is re-enforced by his upbringing. His parents, while deeply loyal to each other, are polar opposites: his father is a famous fly fisherman and his mother is a down-to-earth plunker of worms. Gus tries to keep peace in the family by becoming an expert at both forms of fishing. He becomes not only the Mozart of fly-fishing, but he also saves a small trout struggling in a polluted stream with the thread from an old coat.
Zach Gilford plays “Gus Orviston”. Mr. Gilford stars as Matt Saracen, the backup quarterback turned football hero, in NBC’s critically acclaimed drama, Friday Night Lights. He appears in the soon to be released: Post Grad Survival Guide starring opposite Alexis Bledel, Michael Keaton and Carol Burnett directed by Vicky Jenson (Shrek) for Fox Atomic. Mr. Gilford recently completed Dare with Emmy Rossum and Alan Cumming. He has also appeared on Law & Order: SVU. Zach graduated from Northwestern University and spends his free time leading backpacking, ice climbing and diving expeditions in Alaska, New Zealand and Australia.