NRS Films

Remains of a River

Episode 8: Deep River Blues

Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu consume the once free-flowing Colorado river. Massive diversions send water to thirsty places like Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Tucson. Urban Dwellers still find excitement along the banks, but Will and Zak miss the wild places upstream. As the river becomes smaller and smaller, they leave their trusty kayaks behind and take to the pack rafts again. They press on toward the sea.

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.