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New Documentary Follows Turbulent History Of Clark's Fork River


A new documentary film about the rocky history of the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River is showing Saturday at the Pink Garter Theater in Jackson. Filmmaker and avid kayaker Aaron Pruzan says a lot of the white water footage was taken before they had any plans to write the river's story. 

“All these different stories just kinda grew naturally out of stories that were associated with the river,” he says. “You know, from the story of Chief Joseph on down to the first descent to different stories of river trips that have happened there. You know, really the movie's really a story of how the river was saved, more than anything.” 

Clark's Fork was the state's first Wild and Scenic River. In the 1980’s, Wyoming drew up plans to dam it for hydropower and irrigation but community members organized to stop the project. The film is being screened in Jackson May 7th and at the River Fest in Cody August 20th.

Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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