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Boulder, CO (April 12, 2021)—This Earth Day join Protect Our Winters (POW) for the premiere of Drop, a new film from Patagonia, produced in association with POW, Orvis and YETI, starring fly fishing guide and POW Alliance member Hilary Hutcheson and directed by Liam Gallagher. The short film follows a single drop of water on its journey from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean, uncovering the truth that from a single drop, we are all connected, and how changes to the climate may derail that journey with massive consequences. Following the premiere on Thursday April 22, 2021 at 8:30pm EDT / 5:30pm PDT, join POW, Hutcheson and Dave McCoy, Owner of Emerald Waters Angling in Seattle, for a chat about the impacts that climate change is having on our river playgrounds and to learn more how to advocate for solutions to address it.
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“If we work together to solve the climate crisis we have a better chance of surviving our own journey. That might sound grim, but there’s a lot of pursuance and pluck in this film that I hope inspires people to take action,” said Hutcheson, who both stars in and co-produced the film. “My friend Liam Gallagher and I made Drop because through the work and play we do in the mountains, rivers and oceans, we have witnessed climate solutions in action. We wanted to showcase the brave and interesting people behind these processes, and through them encourage others to step up and join in.”
Starting at the top of the Continental Divide in the US, Drop follows the westward path of a single drop of water until, around 1500 winding miles later, it spills into the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, we meet the men and women who live, work and play on these rivers—people who work tirelessly to ensure that these waters, and all they support, are healthy. Through this dedication, hard work and passion, Drop illustrates how the water connects us all.
“Anyone who has been lucky enough to find adventure, solace or inspiration from spending time in nature needs to realize it’s on all of us to protect the places we love,” said Gallagher. “Hilary embodies this idea in all she does and she’s the perfect guide to take us all on a trip from the top of the watershed to the bottom. We are at a crossroads as a global society and making this film was, in a way, a positive peer-pressure campaign, that both Hilary and I hope will leave the audience inspired to pitch in on their own. Each of us has the ability to effect positive change, sometimes it’s an intimidating prospect, but hopefully this film will show everyone that even small changes can scale up and if all of us start moving in the direction of a sustainable future, we will get there.”
The approximately 20-minute short film directed and co-produced by Gallagher (The River Brings Everything, Where It All Started, Love and Water, and Net Pen Peril) stars Hutcheson, a long time fly fishing guide, who has worked in media, volunteers as a fly fishing instructor for Casting for Recovery, serves as a board member of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a member of Protect Our Winters’ athlete alliance and owns Lary’s Fly & Supply in her hometown of Columbia Falls, Montana. Hutcheson is joined along the journey by POW founder and pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, Rick Crawford, founder of the Fly Fishing Climate Alliance, Rachel Schmidt, director of innovative alliances for the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Dr. Daniel Farge, a USGS research ecologist, director of the Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems Project and lead investigator in the USGS Benchmark Glacier Program, Dave McCoy, a longtime fly-fishing guide, mentor and advocate, and Kate Crump, a fly-fishing guide.
“What happens in the winter determines the outcome of our summers and we continue to see trends in declining snowpacks, which impact our waterways making it impossible to separate our survival, the ecosystems, and our economy,” said Jake Black, POW Program Director. “You can see this firsthand by following a drop of water from source to sea, which is what Hilary Hutcheson shares first hand with this film. What happens next is up to us, collectively, and we have the opportunity to use our passion for these wild places as fuel to protect them together.”
For more info, interviews, or imagery please contact: Lora Bodmer, Deep for Protect Our Winters, email@example.com, 307.690.1630
Protect Our Winters
Protect Our Winters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps passionate outdoor people protect the places and lifestyles they love from climate change. Founded in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, POW is a community of athletes, scientists, creatives and business leaders advancing non-partisan policies that protect our world today and for future generations. For more information, visit www.protectourwinters.org