With commentary by Murat Eyuboglu (director) and William deBuys (screen writer)
Made possible in part by generous support from SMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute
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A film about the NORTH AMERICAN WEST
A musical tribute to LAND and WATER
A cautionary tale about the ENVIRONMENT
The Colorado River has cut through canyons, cultures, and centuries. Here are nine chapters in its fast-flowing journey.
For five million years the Colorado has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet. It has also become the lifeline of a vast portion of North America, providing the water that sustains nearly forty million people, half a dozen major cities, and an immense agricultural empire. Because of these demands, the river is so overused and overpromised that it no longer flows to the sea or nourishes its delta.
Directed by Murat Eyuboglu, The Colorado, represents writer William deBuys’s first foray into cinema. The film was inspired by deBuys’s 1999 book Salt Dreams, and deBuys is credited as co-screen writer (with Eyuboglu) and lyricist. Rich in original music, The Colorado (www.projectcolorado.com) has been performed live at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Stanford University and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The Colorado has been regularly shown at film festivals around the country and as far afield as Frankfurt, Germany..
Writer and conservationist William deBuys is the author of nine books, which range from memoir and biography to environmental history and studies of place. He earned an MA and PhD in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin.. He was named a Lyndhurst Fellow for 1986-1988, a Clements Center Fellow at SMU in both 1999-2000 and , and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008-2009. Today he lives on the farm he has tended since 1976 in the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.
Murat Eyeboglu attended the Academy of Fine Arts, School of Photography (Istanbul), transferred to Bennington College, Vermont. He lived in Paris and returned to New York to pursue studies in music history. His dissertation was on the utopian aspects of Gustav Mahler’s works. Since 2000 he has focused mainly on portraiture and collaborative projects. In 2007, he participated in the documentary Claude Lévi-Strauss: Return to the Amazon as assistant director. He directed, filmed and co-authored the script of The Colorado (2016), a music-based documentary to which five composers contributed original music. His photographs have been published by the French edition of the National Geographic Magazine and his music videos have been released by various independent labels. He lives in New York City.
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