Documentary Film Silent River Speaks Loudly

Documentary Film Silent River Speaks Loudly

American Rivers released its 13-minute film Silent River about Matthew Moseley‘s solo swim down the Green River through Canyonlands for 39.6 miles (of the planned 52 miles) in Colorado.

Moseley explains, “The film is produced and directed by Dana Frankoff with footage by John Mans and Pete McBride. Huge gratitude to Sinjin Eberle from American Rivers for bringing it to life.  A big thanks to Nite Ize (Mike Boyd and MJ Smoot) for their support of the film and all the partners and sponsors of the swim including Bobo’s Oat Bars (TJ McIntyre and Beryl Stafford), Epic Water Filters (Ash, Joel and the team, Rovr (Tommy Defrancia), The Mighty Arrow Foundation (Jordanna Barack and New Belguim), Liberty Puzzles (Chris Wirth) and Valle Rafts

Many people were involved in the support crew and for the trip down Cataract Canyon, including my long-time support paddler Mark Williams, Mike and Jenny Fiebig, Mike Dehoff and Meg Flynn, Brian Felse, Sam Carter (River Radius podcast), Rick Weiner, (Chief Hauling Officer), and of course my family of Amelia, Charlie and the real star of the film, Kristin Moseley. A special thanks to my longtime friend and companero Matt Ricewho lashed the whole thing together. 

It’s epic adventures such as these that make life worth living and forge lasting friendships. They really fill my jar.”

Director Dana Frankoff (#danafrankoff) illustrates the struggle of southwestern rivers in the face of drought and climate change. He weaved together the beautiful story of Moseley’s swim during one of the most severe droughts in over 1,200 years. At the film’s core, the piece is about how our rivers are hurting due to drought, climate change, and overuse.

When we planned this, it was about a celebration of the river. But it’s hard to see a river really hurting,” said Moseley in the film. “Will people only get that these rivers are overallocated when their taps run dry?

For more information, visit Moseley’s 40-mile swim down the Green River through Canyonlands was produced and directed by Dana Frankoff with footage by John Mans and Pete McBride.

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