Best Short Mountain Film, Banff Mountain Film Festival
Most Inspiring Story, 5Point Film Festival
Best Environmental Documentary, Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride
Water for All Award, CMS Vatavaran Film Festival, Delhi
Best Documentary, Clearwater Film Festival
Audience Award, Short Film, EcoFocus Film Festival, Athens, GA
Best Environmental Film, Frozen Film Festival, San Francisco
Best Cinematography & Best of Category, Montana CINE International Film Festival
Best Land to Sea Film, Waimea Ocean Film Festival
Best Environmental Documentary, Mountain Film Awards, Mammoth, CA
Adventure through Activism Award, Adventure Film Festival, Boulder
Honorable Mention, Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival
In Chasing Water, photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea. A Colorado native, McBride hails from a ranching family that depends on the Colorado for irrigation, and this is the story of his backyard. His simple desire is to find out where the irrigation water of his youth went after his family used it, and how long it took the water to reach the ocean. His experience, however, is not so straightforward, analogous, perhaps, to tracking down a special friend from childhood—one who was always full of vitality—only to find her utterly changed and diminished. Writer John Waterman joins McBride on this 1,500-mile journey, one that shows how the thirst of the 30 million that the Colorado supports takes a unhealthy toll.
'Offers both a celebration of water and water management as well as a cautionary tale of resource limits and displaced impacts. Chasing Water is a visually stunning, yet ultimately somber snapshot of a river that is literally worked to death, disappearing into the sand long before reaching the ocean. It's an inglorious end for the river dubbed the 'American Nile,' and a troubling metaphor for the trajectory of western water management. Educators will find the film useful as an accurate and compelling introduction to a complex topic, certain to generate discussion and to fuel further inquiry.'
Dr. Douglas Kenney, Director, Western Water Policy Program, University of Colorado-Boulder, Editor, In Search of Sustainable Water Management: International Lessons for the American West and Beyond
'We turn on the tap and drink. In images that are both stunningly beautiful and hauntingly disturbing, Chasing Water is a testament to our unquenchable thirst, and a portrayal of the extent to which we have been willing to go in slaking that thirst. Water is increasingly becoming an endangered resource, and taking it for granted will be fatal--to the rivers, the people, and the economies who ignore the consequences and repercussions that Pete McBride so movingly brings to the screen.'
Dr. J. Val Klump, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Freshwater Sciences, Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee