NRS Films

Remains of a River

Episode 1: Headwaters

Every river begins somewhere, usually quite small. A trickle in the mountains of Wyoming’s Wind River Range becomes the mighty Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado River. In this first video of their Remains of a River series, Will Stauffer-Norris, Zak Podmore and some friends trek into the snow-covered heights to locate the river’s source. They’re on foot until enough water accumulates to float their pack rafts. The adventure begins – only 1,699 miles to go!

Two friends. 113 days. 1,700 miles. One endangered river.

From October 2011 to January 2012, Will Stauffer-Norris and Zak Podmore hiked and paddled from Wyoming's Wind River Mountains to Mexico following the Colorado River system from its farthest inland source to the sea, filming and narrating on the fly. The resulting film series, Remains of a River, is an unforgettable story of friendship, adventure and environmental degradation. At turns inspiring and alarming, these ten short works will have you laughing, marveling, shaking your head, and maybe planning an adventure of your own.