New Amsterdam is proud to partner with VisionIntoArt to present The Colorado, a documentary accompanied by original music, exploring water, land, and survival in the Colorado River Basin. The project is conceived as equal parts documentary film, live performance, and an educational tool for classrooms.t is conceived as equal parts documentary film, live performance, and an educational tool for classrooms. Directed by Murat Eyuboglu,the documentary will feature performers Roomful of Teeth, Glenn Kotche, and Jeffrey Zeigler, along with music by John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, Paola Prestini, and Shara Worden.
The Colorado consists of ten episodes, providing windows onto the history of the region through the perspectives of actual and imaginary characters. An indigenous storyteller mixing legend with geology, a Jesuit padre recrossing the Colorado River to settle the argument whether or not California is an island, an out-of-work acrobat working as a high-scaler at Hoover Dam, and an undocumented migrant worker working in the fertile fields irrigated by the Colorado River are among the cast of characters. The Colorado River is an aquatic thread to this seemingly disconnected sequence of episodes, both across time andspace. The mission of The Colorado is to create a crossroads between art, ecology and regional history, while sensitizing audiences to pressing issues of our times.
At its completion, The Colorado will stand alone as a documentary film intended for broadcasting and theatrical release. There will also be live versions of The Colorado, where the film component will be integral to concert performances. The project will also be accompanied by a study guide, designed for secondary and higher education. Through an exploration of archival resources, recently filmed materials, and expert commentary, students will be exposed to a holistic history of the Colorado River Basin, and will be guided to develop their own projects based on different regions.
The Colorado is intended to be the first in a series of multi-media projects, cultivating a layered understanding of different regions, towards a better stewardship of resources. For more information, please visit the project’swebsite.