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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Boating on the Rio Grande => Topic started by: marufo on March 07, 2019, 12:36:15 PM

Title: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: marufo on March 07, 2019, 12:36:15 PM
This film about the Lower Canyons should be available in May.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/321819771

Website (still under construction but will have updates): http://www.bravoygrandefilm.org
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: House Made of Dawn on March 07, 2019, 10:22:27 PM



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Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: Jalco on March 07, 2019, 11:04:39 PM
Stoked!
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Post by: Lance on March 08, 2019, 09:42:19 AM
That view on the Burro Bluff Trail overlooking Tule Canyon and Upper Madison Falls at the 1:48 mark looks incredible! Can't wait to watch the film. Definitely makes me want to go explore the River one day.

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Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: marufo on June 11, 2019, 10:24:30 AM
Hi folks-

The film will premiere Friday June 22nd at 2 pm at the Rangra Theater in Alpine, and be available on DVD after that. From the press release:

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The world premiere of the documentary film Bravo y Grande will screen at the Rangra Theater in Alpine, TX at 2 pm on June 22nd . Narrated by Texas troubadour Butch Hancock, the film documents a 2018 expedition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the 40th anniversary of the designation of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Join a group of river guides, scientists, locals and NPS personnel as they travel 83 miles along the US/Mexico border through the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande, one of the most remote sections of river in the US. The filmmaker Carl Crum and participants featured in the film will be in attendance for a Q&A, and a reception will follow at the Ritchey Wine Saloon and Beer Garden.

“The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River may well be the least-known national park unit in the Lower 48. Few people will ever visit, as it’s incredibly remote, lacking infrastructure, and help is awfully far away. But that’s also what makes it amazing. The great thing about this film is it offers the intrepid armchair adventurer, as well as the skilled wilderness river rat, with the next best thing to being on the Rio itself,” said Big Bend National Park/Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River Superintendent and trip participant Bob Krumenaker.

Bravo y Grande introduces viewers to the beauty, serenity and solitude of the river, the richness of its riparian and aquatic habitats and the threat posed by invasive species and habitat loss, its geologic and human history, and safety and minimum impact practices for river users.

“This film was the culmination of a lot of work by many people both on-screen and behind the scenes,” said Crum. “The challenges in documenting the Lower Canyons on film are many. We captured 3,400 shots over seven days without electricity, through rapids and the harsh extremes of remote West Texas. It’s a journey that only a few hundred people experience each year. We are excited to bring our experience of the Lower Canyons to a larger audience. It’s an amazing trip!”

Bravo y Grande was created by Texas filmmaker Carl Crum and features local music recorded by Ted Arbogast at Studio Butte Recording. The film was produced by Brazos Film & Video and the Big Bend Natural History Association in cooperation with the NPS and was made possible by a funding award from the National Park Service and Outdoor Foundation, as well as in-kind donations from Brazos Film & Video, Big Bend River Tours, Desert Sports, and Far Flung Outdoor Center. World Premiere made possible by the Rangra Theater.

More info at http://www.bravoygrandefilm.org
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: House Made of Dawn on June 11, 2019, 01:20:40 PM
Wow. Thanks for the heads-up, Marufo. Really looking forward to seeing this. I’m impressed by the sprawling collaborative nature of the endeavor. Inspiring.


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Post by: marufo on July 02, 2019, 02:57:47 PM
Photos from the premiere and reception (you may recognize some folks)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48182608727_ff867d8629.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsVe) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsVe)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48182608637_d6879be648.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsTF) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsTF)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48182608597_eed67d2627.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsSZ) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsSZ)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48182608677_abd6c9b692.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsUn) (https://flic.kr/p/2gpJsUn)

DVD now available at http://bigbendbookstore.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=117&products_id=847
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: House Made of Dawn on July 02, 2019, 06:14:24 PM
Thanks for sharing, Marufo! I realllllllly wanted to be there. I even bought my ticket online, but my RAV4 blew a CV joint that week and I spent the weekend putting a new one on. Bummer.  I'll definitely order the DVD, but it sure would have been nice to see the premiere and everybody there.
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Post by: rocketman on February 15, 2020, 06:50:20 PM
Here's another great video of the Lower Canyons by canoe. This was March '17 and just a couple of months after HMoD's epic paddle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6lFDnNwY-U
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: House Made of Dawn on February 16, 2020, 10:24:00 AM
Thanks for the heads-up, Rocketman.  That's a fine video and really shows what the Lower Canyons look like at a flow rate of 54cfs and an average depth of 1.5 feet.  That's pretty low; I feel for them having to portage those canoes.  But a canoe is probably the best choice at that low level. I sure wouldn't want to try the river that low in my soft-bottomed packraft.  It'd be a butt-scraping nightmare. 

My crosspark float actually occurred a few months later - in Nov-Dec 2017 - at which time the flow rates on the river were between 600 and 800cfs and the average depths were between 6 and 9 feet.  So my trip was significantly wilder and more fun-filled.   I glean from their intro that a couple years earlier (2015?) they floated most of the same upstream route I took in 2017: the run south from Lajitas. They stopped at Rio Grande Village; I pushed on through Boquillas Canyon to the park's eastern boundary.  I'd love to watch a video from them of that trip; that'd be a trip down memory lane.
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: rocketman on February 16, 2020, 11:25:37 AM
My mistake sir. You know how, as we get older, time seems to blur and fade? Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.  :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: House Made of Dawn on February 16, 2020, 12:48:53 PM
My mistake sir. You know how, as we get older, time seems to blur and fade? Well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.  :icon_rolleyes:

It's not such a bad place.  Beautiful: blanketed in mists, sometimes trending toward heavy fog. Little brief glimpses of the landscape now and then. I've been living there for awhile now.  ;)
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: Hang10er on February 17, 2020, 08:51:38 AM
All the way to Dryden Crossing!  That's an epic journey for sure.  The video makes it look a lot easier than I bet it was.
Title: Re: Lower Canyons Film
Post by: House Made of Dawn on February 17, 2020, 12:49:48 PM
All the way to Dryden Crossing!  That's an epic journey for sure.  The video makes it look a lot easier than I bet it was.

Seriously!  Being Canadians, they always put their best face on.  I got a big chuckle out of listening to them try to pronounce the Mexican place names ("Air-yo Vinadoo").  At one point they reported the air temperature as "40 degress Celsius", which for us Americans is 104 degrees.   Imagine how hot that felt to paddlers from Ontario, Canada.  And at 54cfs, they were doing a lot of pulling, lining, portaging, and bow scraping.  But they always seemed cheerful about it.

I wonder if they were using rented canoes, or if they drove their own all the way down from Canada?