River of Renewal

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(55 min) USA

Director: Carlos Bolado
Producer: ack Kohler, Stephen Most, Steve Michelson


Eight years in the making, River of Renewal chronicles the ongoing battle over the resources of Northern California’s and Oregon’s Klamath Basin. The film reveals how different dominant groups over the generations have extracted resources from the Klamath Basin with disastrous consequences, including the collapse of wild salmon populations. This film examines the collision between sustainability and the exploitation of our precious and diminishing resources. The outcome may be the largest dam removal project in history and the restoration of a once vital river.


Carlos Bolado is an internationally respected director and editor whose credits include Solo Dios, Like Water For Chocolate, Promises, and Bajo California, which was a Sundance Film Festival selection. Bolado received a MacArthur/Rockefeller fellowship in 2001 and a Mexican National Artist subsidy in 2003. His work for television includes directing Lonely Planet, Mexico City for the Discovery Channel.

Jack Kohler was a student of engineering at Stanford, but he is also an actor and filmmaker. He is associate producer of a television documentary program on Indian gaming, Beyond the Dream. Kohler currently works for the Auburn Rancheria training Indian youth in video production methods, and each summer he works with American Indian youth in making short features for the American Indian Film Festival.

Stephen Most is a playwright and documentary storyteller. He also wrote the texts, audio voices, and video scripts for the permanent exhibit of the Washington State History Museum. His book River of Renewal, Myth and History in the Klamath Basin was co-published by the Oregon Historical Society Press and the University of Washington Press.

Steve Michelson is the executive producer for Specialty Studios and the Video Project, the nation’s oldest environmental educational distributor celebrating its 25th year in 2009. His credits include Power Paths, Burning the Future, Sound of the Soul, Crude Impact, Oil on Ice and Climb Against the Odds.