Now in its seventh year, the Wild Rivers Film Tour celebrates river culture, adventure, and conservation with juried films from across the world. The 2023 film selections showcase Indigenous voices, reflective biographies, and rivers that face enormous threats from the Big Wind River in Wyoming to the Vjosa River in Albania.
Five stunning films carry the audience through 100 minutes of emotional and exhilarating cinema. Dory Land is a colorful biography of the great Idaho dory boat builder, Curt Chang. Paddle Tribal Waters documents Klamath River Tribal efforts to train for the first Indigenous whitewater descent of the Klamath after dam removal. Vjosa Forever explores the need to create Europe’s first National Park dedicated to protecting the entire length of the wild Vjosa through Albania. Attack and Release closes the first reel with a heartwarming story about a Montana chef, Ranga Perera, who regained life purpose through his river community following a near-death experience. The feature length film, Tribal Waters, closes the night with Eastern Shoshone Tribal member Darren Calhoun’s in-depth look at social injustice and ecological devastation that the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes face due to Diversion Dam’s history on the Big Wind River.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition created the Wild Rivers Film Tour to promote the next age of river conservation in Montana and advocate for the passage of the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act. Sponsored by Senator Jon Tester, the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act would permanently protect 20 of Montana’s most glorious rivers by adding them to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Among the rivers that would gain protection from this made-in-Montana bill are portions of the Boulder, Gallatin, Madison, Smith, Stillwater, and Yellowstone. This effort is supported by American Rivers, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Montanans for Healthy Rivers – a coalition of businesses, private landowners, sportsmen and conservation groups.