For five million years the Colorado has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet. It has also become the lifeline of a vast portion of North America, providing the water that sustains nearly forty million people, half a dozen major cities, and an immense agricultural empire. Because of these demands, the river is so overused and overpromised that it no longer flows to the sea or nourishes its delta. The Colorado, set to music by today’s leading composers and narrated by the stage legend Mark Rylance, takes us on a journey in nine chapters through the prehistoric settlements of the region, the period of European exploration, the dam-building era, modern industrial agriculture and immigration, and the impact of climate change. The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet), and composer-percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco) perform the film’s exhilarating score.
Join Director and Producer, Murat Eyuboglu and author of the accompanying book, Christa Sadler, after the screening for a discussion of the film, the river, the book, and other topics of interest.
Murat Eyuboglu – A photographer, filmmaker, and music historian, Murat has worked on various collaborative projects with poets, composers, musicians, and other filmmakers. The Colorado is his first feature-length documentary.
Christa Sadler – A writer, geologist, educator, and naturalist, Christa, has worked in the outdoors in one form or another since she was young. She has a serious addiction to rivers, deserts and mountains. Her resume includes research in archaeology, geology and paleontology across much of the globe, as well as writing several books including Where Dinosaurs Roamed—Lost Worlds of Utah’s Grand Staircase.