Set on the banks of a wild river, The River Why, based on the novel by the same name, is the story of 20 year-old Gus Orviston, the Mozart of fly-fishing, who leaves his big city home in rebellion against his family to live in a secluded cabin on the banks of a raging river. Instead of finding fishing bliss, his desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery. In the process he comes in contact with an assortment of characters who help him in his journey to adulthood. Most of all, The River Why depicts the love of a man for the wilderness, and for a beautiful woman who comes to share it with him. Featuring William Hurt, Zach Gilford, Amber Heard and Kathleen Quinlan. Directed by Matthew Leutwyler. Produced by Kristi Denton Cohen.
Introduced by Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University. Discussion with American University professor and filmmaker Larry Engel follows screenings.