The Colorado

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Jean Cocteau Cinema

418 Montezuma Ave. Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe NM 87501


General Admission | $10.50
Seniors & Students | $9


Phone | (505) 466-5528

Bill deBuys’ inspired film by Murat Eyuboglu, PhD, about North America’s wildest river, The Colorado, has been held over by popular demand. Directed by Murat Eyuboglu, the soundtrack of the film is scored by five critically acclaimed composers—William Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, and recent Pulitzer and Grammy winner John Luther Adams —and performed by Grammy-laureate vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, percussionist Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (formerly with the Kronos Quartet).

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. Placing the ecology of the river within a rich social context, The Colorado journeys through the prehistoric settlement of the region, the period of European exploration, the dam-building era, modern industrial agriculture and immigration, and the impacts of climate change.