Narrated by Robert Redford and featuring songs and music by Dave Matthews Band.

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D combines exhilarating river-rafting action on America’s most iconic river with the first-ever IMAX 3D images of the Grand Canyon for a film that calls attention to the world’s growing shortage of clean, fresh water. One of the world’s mightiest rivers, the Colorado no longer reaches the sea. Noted river advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and anthropologist Wade Davis lead this unforgettable river journey accompanied by their teenage daughters and guided by Shana Watahomigie, the first Native American National Park Ranger. Narrated by Robert Redford and featuring songs and music by Dave Matthews Band, Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk 3D lets audiences experience the Grand Canyon as never before while learning about the challenges we face and the opportunities that exist for conserving and restoring our waterways.

Presented by Teva

Proudly supported by Kohler

Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation

In Association with Museum Film Network

A Great Adventure Film

Directed and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Narrated by Robert Redford

Featuring songs and music by Dave Matthews Band

Release date: 2008

Runtime: 40 minutes

Format: 15/70, 2D and 3D, 8/70, DCI-compliant digital, IMAX Digital, Dome-customized 15/70, Fulldome

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Grand Canyon: River At Risk
The photo book accompaniment to MacGillivray Freeman’s giant screen film.
Written by best-selling author and film star Wade Davis, Ph.D

Honors and Reviews

“Spectacular…Grand Canyon is such fun to watch with its superb, 3D quality that it’s impossible not to be more caught up, albeit temporarily, in the illusion of getting splashed than in the unsettling realities of the environmental crisis it describes.”
– Seattle Times

“Spectacular…The film shares critical information…in such a stunning fashion that you absorb the knowledge while gasping at the beauty of the adventure…The 3-D effects are both delightful and inventive—the opening sequence featuring floating water droplets is worth the price of the ticket. ★★★★ (out of 4)”
– Montreal Gazette

“Exhilarating…Grand Canyon Adventure combines panoramic beauty, adrenaline-pumping thrills and timely environmental lessons that never get in the way of the fun.”
–  Boston Daily News Transcript

“…sweeping aerials, 3D effects, and rapid-charging raft shots…a thrilling ride downriver…an IMAX movie you’ll actually want to see.”
– Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ)

“Compelling and cautionary…gorgeous aerial shots that almost engulf you, especially in 3-D …It’s truly breathtaking.”

  • Special Achievement in Filmmaking in Award, Best Cinematography of the Year and Best Marketing Campaign of the Year by a Distributor – 2008 Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards
  • Best Received Film Award (3D flat screen category) – 2008 Shanghai Science Week Film Festival
  • Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing, Special Venue – Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), 2009
  • Nominated for a VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project  – Visual Effects Society (VES), 2009
  • Official Selection – 2008 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
  • Official Selection – 2008 Banff Mountain Film Festival
  • Official Selection – 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Official Selection – 2008 Environmental Film Festival, Washington DC

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