Written and Directed by Christopher Beaver

Christopher Beaver San Joaquin

Honorable Mention at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Pare Lorentz Award Nominee — International Documentary Association

Theatrical premiere at the Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, California

Walt Shubin in Canoe

Walt Shubin, our river guide from the wet to the dry San Joaquin River

TALES OF THE SAN JOAQUIN, A RIVER JOURNEY follows the San Joaquin River from its source in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to its eventual meeting with San Francisco Bay.

Along the way we cross paths with a colorful group of people who know the river firsthand, a river called by many, "the hardest working river in America," and by others, "the most abused."

Once the birthplace for hundreds of thousands of salmon, the San Joaquin now runs completely dry in two separate sections of the original river channel. This is the story of how this once mighty river was destroyed by water diversion and what the possibilities are for its eventual restoration.

Jerry Lee, station manager of PBS Channel 18 in Fresno, praised Tales of the San Joaquin when his station hosted its broadcast premiere:

I am very proud to be associated with the wonderful film you produced. Together we created dialog and helped set a course for positive actions. Both sides are now feeling like a solution can be reached that will be fair to all concerned; and that is all we could ask from our joint project.

Produced by Judy Irving and Christopher Beaver
Associate Producer David Brown
Cinematography by Scott Andrew
Edited by John Nutt

Running time: 55 minutes

Distributed by Green Planet Motion Pictures.




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