@filipe_deandrade slugging through the Forgotten Reach on @theriverandthewall. Know what doesn’t break down in the mud? Horses! The bike stretch of @theriverandthewall is now over and Val Geissler from @unbrandedthefilm just showed up with my mustangs to travel through the Big Bend. #theriverandthewall #forgottenreach
Horses > Bikes @theriverandthewall #imissmyhorses
Dear Congressman @betoorourke you’re not going to let Republican Congressman @hurdonthehill have the only voice in @theriverandthewall right? I’ve got a horse for you on the Big Bend stretch and a seat on a canoe during the river portion. Open invitation and we’ll make our dates work for you! #Repost @theriverandthewall (@get_repost) ・・・ Republican Representative Will Hurd @hurdonthehill joined us yesterday for five hours. We rode 10 miles with him, had to cross a swampy irrigation canal, and he explained how a physical border wall would impact his constituents who live along the 800 miles of border that he represents. He believes that a physical continuous border wall would be exponentially more costly and less effective than using available technology. He also spoke about how many of his ranching constituents don’t want the federal government to steal their land to build a wall and about conserving the natural beauty of the river and the landscapes in his district. He introduced the SMART wall legislation which has bipartisan support that will approach border security on a mile by mile basis and by using technology instead of constructing a physical 30 foot contiguous wall. We were all super impressed with his willingness to discuss hot topics on camera, his explanation of the complexity of the issue, and his fairly decent bike skills. Thank you @hurdonthehill for joining us! It’s not often you get to see a congressman hoisting a bike over his head trudging through a swamp! By the way Congressman @betoorourke , we’re calling you out to join us on the trip! You’re not going to let a Republican Representative have the only voice in this film right? #theriverandthewall #borderwall #riogrande
Day 1 had six flat tires, one broken chain, one twisted crank, 9 burritos that led to inconvenient valve problems, went to Mexico, and we made our 30 Miles. Good start. @theriverandthewall #imissmyhorses
About to spend the next 2-2.5 months on this river, the Rio Grande. In El Paso now and tomorrow morning we’re headed 1,200 Miles downstream to the Gulf. Using bikes, then horses, then canoes. Serious anticipation butterflies-@theriverandthewall
FYI the Fin & Fur Films YouTube page is launched. It’s got short films from @wildfilmtour , the teaser for @theriverandthewall , and we’ve got more coming down the pipeline- google “YouTube fun & Fur films” to subscribe.
Travelling partner @austintorios #Repost @theriverandthewall (@get_repost) ・・・ Howdy! I’m Austin @austintorios from Austin, TX. I have the privilege of being a first generation Guatemalan-American/Texan. Through my college career at Texas A&M I took advantage of many opportunities varying from working on cruise ships to bicycle touring the west coast. Included in those opportunities was river guiding along the Rio Grande in Big Bend. After graduating and a bit of traveling my love for boating and the Rio Grande brought me back. I have spent the last 3 and a half years being a permanent resident of the Big Bend where I dedicate myself to putting people on the Rio so they too can fall in love with its beauty. I have climbed mountains on both side of the border, I have driven endless roads on both sides of the Rio Grande and I have paddled countless miles along the Rio. All this to me seems normal because I live here and know what it means to be part of a border community. Here in the Big Bend the Rio Grande is what it was always meant to be, a wild and scenic protected river. For me this journey is not about pushing people to choose sides on how they feel about immigration or policy. It’s to give the opportunity to those people who don’t have the ability to come to the border to see for themselves what it is truly like. To demonstrate to the general public that the Rio Grande is and always will be a river before it is a border. It’s about demonstrating who the people are behind the statistics, what the landscapes are behind the policies and what a potential wall would truly be blocking off. I don’t consider myself an expert in policy making or foreign matters but if this documentary helps policy makers at least consider the magnificence of the Rio Grande then I will feel as we have accomplished what we had set out to do. VIVA USA VIVA MEXICO VIVA GUATEMALA. UNIDOS PARA EL RIO!
#Repost @theriverandthewall (@get_repost) ・・・ Hi I’m @bencmasters Before we start the trip we’ll introduce ourselves so you know who’s getting into this 1,200 mile horse, canoe, and bike journey down the Rio Grande. I️ studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M but spent my summers doing trail rides and pack trips in the rockies and my falls working as a wildlife biologist and guide near Laredo in South Texas. Somewhere along the line I️ picked up a camera, grew a love for photography, and got into film with @unbrandedthefilm where I️ got to learn from some of the best Doc filmmakers in the world. Since then, I’ve been making wildlife, adventure, and conservation short films, many of which have been in West Texas and along the US-Mexico border. The inspiration for making @theriverandthewall came primarily from a short film I️ made about mountain lions in West Texas where I️ spent a lot of time with lion researchers talking about the wildlife impacts of a physical border wall. Then I️ talked to landowners, spent a lot of time on the river to see where it would be built, and dove headfirst into trying to understand how a physical border wall would impact water access, immigration, landowners, public lands, wildlife movement, and border culture. The trip for me is an opportunity to see and document the landscapes with my own eyes before further construction of a physical wall and to meet with ranchers, border patrol, biologists, immigrants, politicians, and average joes along the way to better understand the issue. @theriverandthewall will be a feature Doc following the 2 month journey and will show the landscapes the wall would go through, explore how it would impact immigration, landowners, wildlife, and water access, what it would cost financially and environmentally, and what differing viewpoints believe the pros and cons are. Hopefully, viewers will be able to make a more informed decision whether they support a physical wall or consider it as Texas R-Representative Will Hurd “we can’t double down on a 3rd century solution to solve a 21st century problem.”
Finally figured out the repost app! #Repost @theriverandthewall (@get_repost) ・・・ The River and The Wall is an upcoming documentary following a 1,200 mile horse, bike, and canoe journey from El Paso, TX to the Gulf of Mexico along the Rio Grande River and the US-Mexico border. The goal of the documentary and trip is to photograph and film the landscapes of the Rio Grande before further construction of a border wall and to show viewers how a physical wall would impact immigration, private property rights, public lands, water access, wildlife, and border culture. Featuring @bencmasters @jaykleberg @themacktruck35 @austinal06 and @filipe_deandrade. The journey begins December 1. #theriverandthewall #noborderwall #buildthewall
@reddigitalcinema just hooked us up with an 8k Helium camera for @theriverandthewall - Thank you! The trip starts in one week and it’s an honor to have the arguably highest quality motion camera in the world help us tell the story of the borderlands. #shotonred #r3d #theriverandthewall
Volume ☝️@theriverandthewall teaser is live. See the full version at @theriverandthewall Facebook page. It’s a doc that’ll document the borderlands before further construction of a wall and show how it’ll impact immigration, wildlife, water access, border culture, landowner rights, and public lands. There’s a lot of nuance in this topic. The journey begins Dec 1. #nowall #buildthewall #riogrande
@nationalwildlife Federation asked me earlier this year to help them make a short film about Texas rivers, water rights, and how freshwater is critical to the bays in the Gulf of Mexico. I️ knew very little about the subject and hope the film does their important work justice. Water is such an important topic and hard to tell the story without an iconic species like a salmon to symbolize river and ocean health. Oysters are the Texas Bays’ canaries in the coal mine and oysters are really freaking hard make sexy in a film. Excited to announce that @natgeo chose the film on their Short Film Showcase and is available at the link in bio. If you’re in a Texas, you should know about are water system because there’s still enough water in the rivers to ensure a minimum flows to the rivers and bays but that amount is gonna get gobbled by growing populations and lawns if as a society Texas doesn’t either buy rights for water to reach the bays or pass some sort of minimum flow legislation. Check out the film and @texaslivingwaters for more. #sexyoyster #texaslivingwaters #mytexasrivers