Caught by the River

Hudson River Project

16th April 2012

Thinking, correctly, that we’d appreciate the spirit and aesthetic behind this film project led two of our readers to drop us a line this week. At the bottom of the post there’s a link to the filmmaker’s website where you can learn more about the project and even help it along if you have the cash and the inclination. We’ll keep an eye on the progress and keep you updated.

What is the Hudson River Project?

It’s a simple idea. Build a boat from New York City’s waste, take it to the source of the Hudson River – the river without which the city would not exist – and row the boat back to NYC.

This story connects the source of the Hudson River to NYC, the great city that sits at its mouth.

The film follows James as he makes a boat from NYC’s waste, the detritus of a modern megalopolis, and takes it to the source of the Hudson River high in the Adirondack Mountains, at Lake Tear of the Clouds.

He rows the boat back to NYC, through wilderness, countryside, farms, towns and industry, all of which rely on the mighty river that flows past, all of which are threads of the river’s story.

We’re going to make a film that follows James as he does this. Antony will be shooting it himself and directing a small crew, documenting the project from Manhattan to Lake Tear of the Clouds and back to Manhattan again.

We want to make a film that is a portrait of the city and the river, something that will reflect the beauty and complexity of both through one simple idea.

Click here to visit the website.