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Greg I. Hamilton - Newsletter April 2016
Power of the River premieres in Denver!

World Premiere in May!

Hello friends:
Just three and a half years after the idea was first planted in my head, Power of the River is set for its grand debut.Taking that long to make a movie may sound crazy to some of you. I can't deny it has been quite the journey. Average documentaries, from my research, take as many as eight years to complete. Power of the River is far from average, but it is a self-funded, truly independent project. So I'm thrilled to start getting this important story out into the world so quickly.

Not that we rushed it. On the contrary, my creative collaborators and I have logged something over 4,000 hours on this labor of love. There was uncertainty. There was heartbreak. There were minor disasters and wonderful discoveries. All indications are that we have created something beautiful. See Mr. Redford's words of praise:

'A cinematic adventure into the heart of wilderness.' -Robert Redford
Read on for more details on our world premiere next month in Denver, new profiles of cast and crew, and how you can support us (and take a tax deduction) with just one finger. You choose the finger.
Cheers, Greg

Denver Screening

Sun, May 15
DocuWest Film Festival

It's an honor to be included among this year's selections, which include: a film from an Oscar-nominee and Emmy + Peabody award winner, two award winners from this year's Sundance fest, and two films that are having their world premiere in Tribeca this very week. Past DocuWest films include The Crash Reel (one of the most important sports documentaries ever, IMHO); Oscar nominees Virunga and Chasing Ice; Meet the Patels; Good Ol' Freda; Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam; and our editor Jocelyne Chaput's beautiful film People of a Feather, which played DocuWest in 2013.

Power of the River will have its world premiere Sunday, May 15th— a 10:00 AM morning matinee— at the gorgeous new History Colorado Center. Tickets are just $12 online now (select the SUNDAY May 15 – 10am-12PM event).

A Perfect Fit with our Film's Mission

WILD Foundation

Boulder, Colorado's WILD Foundation has worked around the globe since 1974 to help keep our wildest places truly wild. I'm pleased to announce that WILD is now our film's official conservation and communications collaborator. Through our arrangement, since WILD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your contributions qualify as tax-deductible donations (you'll want to consult your tax advisor before writing us that big check). This is excellent news for this project.

I first learned about the work of the WILD Foundation in 2012 when I ran a ticket outreach campaign for the wonderful film Chasing Ice. WILD was a key collaborator with that campaign, helping us reach tens of thousands of people who wouldn't have otherwise seen the movie.

En route to Bhutan, April 2015

One Year Ago Today ...

This day in 2015 our film crew and characters were meeting for the first time in Bangkok, Thailand, en route to Bhutan for the adventure that would become Power of the River. It's been quite a year. In the past 365 days, we:

  • Locked in our immensely talented creative team, from DP Matthew Whalen and second-unit cameraman Paco Penjore to composer Stefan Smulovitz and editor Jocelyne Chaput
  • Recruited Andy Danylchuk, Ph.D. as our associate producer for science and conservation
  • Crossed most of the Kingdom of Bhutan, west to east, in a 25-day filming expedition
  • Received permission for a first-ever flyfishing descent on Bhutan's mightiest river
  • Survived a 9-day float on this (largely) unexplored river
  • Completed a 73-minute film that you will love!
Thanks for reading!
Greg at work filming Power of the River
Support the Film

Now Tax Deductible!

Your contributions help me finish
Power of the River

Hey Colorado!

World Premiere:
Sunday, May 15 in Denver
Tickets On Sale
(Select the double-feature for just $12!
10 AM -12 PM

Power of the River
Filmmaker Profile

Matthew Whalen


Matthew Whalen
Matt’s career has evolved from outdoor sport films at Warren Miller Entertainment to documentary features; commercials; and television shows for ESPN, NBC Universal Sports, and the Outdoor Channel. From ice fields in the Arctic to diving expeditions off British Columbia and remote mountain villages of Nepal, his films have focused on climate change, sustainable education, and grassroots conservation.

Power of the River
Character Profile

Jean-André Corpuz

Featured Angler

Andre Corpuz
André was raised in Paris and London, becoming fluent in five languages. He has trekked from Alaska to Argentina, from Cairo to Capetown, and from the Rocky Mountains to the Indian Himalayas. During a two-year motorcycle trip around the world, he was inspired to use his travel blog (and his Wall Street colleagues) to raise funds for an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Between globetrotting adventures, André makes his home in New York City and his office on Wall Street.
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