The Gila River is one of the last wild rivers in the Southwest. Free-flowing through one of the largest National Forests in America. It feeds a striving ecosystem that inhabits a vast array of life, from bugling elk to the elusive Gila trout.
Sculpted in mountain ranges lush in vegetation; the Gila Forest is home to tributaries and lakes. The headwaters of the Gila Wilderness was one home to the Mogollon People. They constructed and inhabited the Gila Cliff Dwellings for its abundance of water over a century ago. Geronimo once stated “I was born at the headwaters of the Gila River”.
Today the Gila River is threatened by the plans of damming the river at Turkey Creek. After three past failed attempts, a fourth try doesn’t make sense. The waters deserve to preserve its Wild Nature, with no construction of dams to interrupt its character. With the help of The American People and their voice, The Gila can live to fight another day.
Filmed with a Panasonic GH4 and Dji Phantom 3 Pro.
Created in Adobe Premiere and After Effects.
All footage was filmed by me.
Music: Katrina by Kerry Muzzey
A special thank you to the following for their help in the making of this short film:
-Western New Mexico University
-WNMU Department of Expressive Arts
-New Media iDEALAB
-Too many friends to name who shared this adventure.
This is a non-profit film created by WNMU Fine Arts student Christopher Theulen for academic purposes.