Friday, October 23, 2009
The Buffalo River is born in the Ozark Mountains, springing from the hills and into rock framed valleys carved by weather and ageless time. It is our first national river—a place folks fought to preserve. Save the Buffalo was the cry. Don't let her be drowned by her own waters! "They won that battle, and federal protection. And today there is a future that mirrors the past, because the Buffalo flows."
"The Buffalo Flows" is a one-hour documentary film written and produced by two-time Emmy award winning filmmaker Larry Foley, Professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon, an actor and film director who calls Little Rock home. Trey Marley of Fayetteville does a masterful job of capturing the river's magnificent beauty over four seasons, while Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Dale Carpenter, also a professor at the U of A, lends his talent as the film's editor.
"This story is like the old song, 'Big Rock Candy Mountain.' There's not just one thing that makes the Buffalo so special—so unique," said Foley. "When the 'Battle for the Buffalo' was won, protecting the river from being dammed, we saved a national, natural treasure."