The Colorado




Places / Environment

Commissioned by The Met Museum and Houston Da Camera. Choral Eco-Documentary.

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The Colorado River has cut through canyons, cultures, and centuries. Here are nine chapters in its fast-flowing journey.

For five million years, the Colorado River 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. The Colorado, set to music by today’s leading composers and narrated by the stage legend Mark Rylance, takes us on a journey in nine chapters through the prehistoric settlements of the region, the period of European exploration, the dam-building era, modern industrial agriculture and immigration, and the impact of climate change. The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (Kronos Quartet), and composer-percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco) perform the film’s exhilarating score.


Feature Documentary / United States / 86 minutes; Live Performance & Album


Director Murat Eyuboglu, Writers William deBuys and Murat Eyuboglu, Narrator Mark Rylance, Producers VisionIntoArt & The Colorado, LLC, In Association with New Amsterdam Records, Cinematographers Murat Eyuboglu, Sylvestre Campe, Dean Eldrige, Editor David Sarno, Music Director Jeffrey Zeigler, Composers John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, Shara Nova, Paola Prestini, Performers Roomful of Teeth, Brad Wells, director, Glenn Kotche, percussion, Jeffrey Zeigler, cello

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Commissioned by The Met Museum and Houston Da Camera


"visually captivating and unsettling"
"performed by some of the most innovative soundsmiths around"

The New York Times

"A multidimensional portrait... alternately spectral, dazzling, ugly, and phenomenal."


"a striking, thoughtful and cautionary piece of art"

Houston Chronicle

"emotionally and intellectually rich"