In April of 2009 I got invited to go raft the Black river in AZ with a great crew from Durango and two White Mountain Apaches.
We ran 97.5 miles of the Black River. It was a first decent in some ways. People have done sections of the river, but we got the green light to raft the river from the White Mountain Apaches. It’s illegal to raft the river with out permission. So don’t think about running it.
We launched over 8,000 feet in the cold and we dropped to about 3,400 feet. There are several class four rapids on this river. I was mainly running my video camera, so I did not shoot too many stills. But here are some pics form one of the best things I’ve ever done.
We were naming rapids as we ran them. Our map was an Arizona Gazetteer and some Google maps printed off. I hope we get to go back this spring at higher water.
Looking back at this footage I wish I had my Panasonic GH2 and I did not have to shoot this on SD. Nest Time!
Welcome 2013 and now it is time to get our documentary Lasso The Sun in postproduction. I have been watching and looking at successful Kick Starter campaigns this morning and taking notes on how we can build a winning fundraising portfolio. First off we need funding to translate and transcribe the Navajo footage that we have. To get an accurate transcription it is going to be expensive. Unlike our last documentary El Inmigrante, which is about seventy percent in Spanish. Lasso The Sun will have far less translation to be completed, but there are not too many professional Navajo translators out there. So we really are limited in who we can hire to do the job. I am excited and nervous at the same time going out and fundraising. We never want to be tacky and pushy, however with out funding important documentaries will never get finished. Just like NPR and PBS we have to hit the trail and go for it.
Below is a montage of some of the footage that we have for Lasso The Sun.