Robert Redford Calls Film “A Cinematic Adventure into the Heart of Wilderness”
VAIL, CO – A new movie about a Himalayan river expedition will have its Vail premiere as part of the GoPro Mountain Games this Friday night. Tickets to the all-ages screening are free to the community, thanks to presenting sponsor Colorado Mountain College with support from Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts. Short videos beginning at 7:30PM will build up to the 74-minute feature documentary Power of the River which will start around 8:15PM. The screening is outdoors on the grass next to the base of Vail’s Gondola One: bring your blankets, coolers, and lawn chairs. Parking is free at the Vail Village structure.
The setting of Power of the River, the kingdom of Bhutan, is most famous for the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH) coined by its king in 1972. That same king made an ambitious commitment to keep 60 percent of his country’s land protected forever. His pledge, far more ambitious than any other country today, is what drew Colorado-based filmmaker Greg I. Hamilton to the project.
Hamilton says: “Power of the River was an opportunity to take audiences into a culture we know so very little about— and off the map to a place that is a sanctuary for numerous endangered species. We were able to use adventure storytelling to explore the wonders of this mystical place. Film is a powerful medium for spreading wisdom and Bhutan’s commitment to protecting nature benefits everyone on the planet.”
Don’t miss this FREE Vail film premiere, presented by Colorado Mountain College:
POWER OF THE RIVER: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan
Premiering as the featured “Outdoor Reels” film at the GoPro Mountain Games
THIS FRIDAY, June 8 at the Mountain Plaza, on the grass by Gondola One – Vail, Colorado
7:30PM (short films) … ‘Power of the River’ plays approximately 8:15 to 9:30PM
“Power of the River captures the connection between people
and the rivers that are our lifeblood” – Robert Redford
Film will be followed by Q&A with director Greg I. Hamilton. Event is appropriate for all ages: Bring your lawn chair, your cooler, your family and friends! Free parking. Learn more and support wild rivers, independent film, and kids with cameras at PowerOfTheRiverMovie.com/Vail
The Power of the River expedition targeted eastern Bhutan’s Drangme River, which the International Rafting Federation has called one of the world’s top-ten “untouched wild rivers.” Featuring rafting, kayaking, and flyfishing on uncharted whitewater, the film delves into cross-cultural connections and the future of sustainable tourism through techniques like catch-and-release, “Keep ’em wet” angling. View the film’s trailer here.
POWER OF THE RIVER – In the last of the great Himalayan kingdoms, a man named “Good Karma” guides an expedition to keep his country’s mightiest river wild and free. Join Karma’s international team of adventurers on their quest through Class IV+ whitewater in pursuit of an elusive fish of kings. PowerOfTheRiverMovie.com
COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE – CMC’s 11 learning locations, including Vail Valley at Edwards, spread across the central Rocky Mountains, serving 20,000 students each year. CMC won Top Adventure School in the Elevation Outdoors 2018 reader poll. The US Department of Education named CMC the third-most-affordable bachelor’s degree in nation. ColoradoMtn.edu
GOPRO MOUNTAIN GAMES – Hosted by the non-profit Vail Valley Foundation, the GoPro Mountain Games is the best all-around mountain experience available anywhere in the world. Each June in Vail, Colorado, pros and amateurs compete in more than 25 mountain sports events including whitewater, IFSC World Cup Climbing, slackline, biking, running, yoga, and more. The free event draws more than 70,000 spectators. MountainGames.com