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Eagle River Watershed Council hosts movie night Thursday

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – “The River Why” probably won’t be the next Hollywood blockbuster. But the 2010 film is generating big-time buzz with people who love rivers. That’s why the Eagle River Watershed Council is bringing the film to the valley as part of its Waterwise Wednesday series – although it’s on a Thursday this time.

The movie, an adaptation of David James Duncan’s 1984 novel, has won some awards on the festival circuit, but isn’t yet in wide distribution. That’s what makes the Oct. 27 screening of the movie in Edwards something special.

“We’ve had calls from people in Summit County and Denver about it,” Eagle River Watershed Council Executive Director Melissa Macdonald said.



While the book isn’t Harry Potter-popular, it’s well-known among fly-fishers. It also rates a five-star rating from reviewer/readers on Amazon.com, which would explain why people who love the book are eager to see the movie. That’s especially true since it took about 25 years to make the jump from page to silver screen.

Elena Jones of the Watershed Council said she’s only seen the movie, but others have told her the film is faithful to the book.

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Besides, she said, the movie is “beautiful – the scenery is just incredible.”

And the story is inspiring, Jones said.

That’s the point, Macdonald said.



“We want people to fall in love with their rivers, whether it’s fishing or floating or just sitting next to them,” Macdonald said. “Once they do, it helps our cause.”

“The River Why” might help create some river-lovers – and people who will support the Watershed Council. It might also re-kindle that love in people who don’t get out on the streams very often.

“Our normal mission with Waterwise Wednesday is to educate, but this one is to inspire,” Jones said. “We think this will be inspirational to many people.”


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