Run Wild Run Free
50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers
2018 marks two important milestones for the nation’s rivers and Pacific Rivers as an organization. October 2nd is the 50th birthday of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the nation’s preeminent river protection law. This year is also the 30th anniversary of the Oregon Omnibus Bill, our organization’s signature achievement and the largest river protection bill in the continental U.S. This legislation permanently protected nearly 1,500 river miles of 40 iconic Oregon rivers like the Imnaha, Sandy and Chetco. In celebration of these achievements we are producing the film, “Run Wild , Run Free” to help future Wild and Scenic campaigns across America gain public support. From the twin brothers that came up with the idea for a national river protection system and the bipartisan support that ushered the bill into law, to the everyday people like you that care about rivers, this film tells the story of why rivers matter and why more must be protected.
For the past 3 months we have been working around the clock to finish the film. Originally planned as a short (15 minutes) , it was not long into the process that we realized we had a story that needed to grow. And grow it did. That's why we need your help in order for this last minute push across the finish line so we can release the film online on Oct. 2 for the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
We will be releasing the film for 3 days and then pulling it down for events and film festivals over the next several months. Your contribution will help us with music rights, sound design, graphics, animation, color grading and putting together an important tour. It is our hope that this film will be a tool to help Wild and Scenic campaigns across the country.
Over 60 years ago America was in the peak of the industrial revolution and the nations waterways were dying from dams, water diversions and pollution. The plight of America's rivers caught the attention of twin brothers and renowned wildlife biologists John and Frank Craighead. After witnessing the demise of their childhood river the Potomac in Maryland and after hearing of dam proposals on Montana's most wild river where they were studying grizzly bears on the verge of extinction, they knew something had to be done to restore a balance between development and protection.
The brothers drafted a river classification system with the hope to protect what remained of wild rivers. Their tenacity and determination was carried to the halls of congress by courageous bi-partisan leaders in the 1960’s where the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed into law by president Lyndon Johnson.
The Act has literally saved hundreds of America's iconic rivers and streams from dams, over development and natural resource extraction. Fifty years later 289 waterways have been protected totaling over 14 thousand miles. But with over 2.9 million miles of waterways in the country the balance the Craighead brothers were seeking is far from being achieved.
Run Wild Run Free takes the viewer through the history to the present of Wild and Scenic as told through experts, grassroots organizers, white water enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho.
Today, in a polarized political climate, new designations and river protections have stalled even though there is no time in history more important then now to protect our freshwater ecosystems. We hope this film will inspire and educate people across the country to protect their home river under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act so we can continue this important legacy for future generations to come.
Please consider a tax deductible donation to Pacific Rivers and if your business or group is interested in becoming a sponsor of the film please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com