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Posted February 1, 2012
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Chasing Water
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In his award-winning film, photographer Pete McBride follows Jonathan Waterman’s attempt to paddle down the Colorado River from source to sea.

The West moves East all this week as films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are screened at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Among the films showing tonight is photographer Pete McBride’s Chasing Water, 2011 winner of Banff’s Best Short Mountain Film award. To make the film, McBride shadowed National Geographic grantee Jonathan Waterman’s source-to-sea paddle down the Colorado River—and struck out on some tributaries of his own.

Chasing Water grew out of McBride’s work on his book The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict. For more information on his book, his film, and his photography, visit

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