New Film Retraces the Colorado River’s Ultimate Expedition

“Following in Powell’s footsteps, we are rafting 1,000 miles from Wyoming to Nevada,” narrates filmmaker

“Following in Powell’s footsteps, we are rafting 1,000 miles from Wyoming to Nevada,” narrates filmmaker Ben Kraushaar in the trailer for Powell one hundred fifty.  Created by Kraushaar and Cody Perry, the movie will doc a 72-working day river journey by means of the Colorado River Basin, which retraced the route of Western explorer John Wesley Powell.

With sweeping photographs of canyon scenery and shut-ups of pounding whitewater, just one target of the movie is to share the exhilaration of this kind of a excursion. As rower Jessica Flock describes in the trailer, “The adrenaline superior that you get is unexplainable, and then it sticks with you for days.”

In the meantime, another target of Powell one hundred fifty is to elevate consciousness of the several concerns influencing the region’s inhabitants in the 21st century.

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Ben Kraushaar

“The river is around allocated,” spelled out Kraushaar by e-mail. “Climate adjust is posed to reduce Colorado River Basin flows by 20 % by 2050. And Basin tribes, even with being lawfully entitled to 20 % of the Basin’s water, are continue to preventing for an equitable long term.”

Capturing the impressive footage was made even tougher by the every day issues faced by the expedition. Cameras experienced to be billed by solar ability and shielded from sand and water harm. 1 close to upset transpired in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River, which was functioning superior at fifty four,000 cfs when the expedition arrived on July 4, 2019.

“Our direct boat and most skilled oarsman flipped early in the operate,” explained Kraushaar, describing a scene shown at the conclusion of the trailer. “We had been identified to rescue our comrades and we experienced no decision but to hold powering downriver. Our boat [Kraushaar and Perry], packed complete of costly and sensitive electronics, just about flipped in a function identified as Very little Niagara. At the conclusion of the working day, [the team] dropped 5 oars, but no just one drowned. We had been so fortunate.”

Powell one hundred fifty is scheduled to premiere by early 2021, and the crew is at the moment fundraising to protect write-up-creation costs.

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