The Kennedy Center


The Colorado: A Documentary Film & Live Music Experience

Sunday, March 18, 2018 7:30 PM


The D.C. premiere of this groundbreaking music-driven eco-documentary from filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu features the score performed live by Grammy®-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and others, with narration by Academy Award® winner Sir Mark Rylance.

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In collaboration with the renowned Brooklyn-based nonprofit arts incubator National Sawdust, the Kennedy Center presents the live D.C. premiere of The Colorado, a co-presentation with the DC Environmental Film Festival, anchored by Grammy Award®–winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, performing the score live and joined by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and percussionist Andrew Meyerson.

Exploring the Colorado River Basin from social, ecological, and historical perspectives, this groundbreaking, music-driven eco-documentary draws on the combined talents of filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu; composers Paola Prestini, Shara Nova, Bill Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, and Pulitzer Prize laureate John Luther Adams; and Academy Award®–winning narrator Sir Mark Rylance (Best Supporting Actor, Bridge of Spies).

Immediately after the screening, Brad Forder, Director of Programming for the DC Environmental Film Festival, will moderate "Knowledge, Love, Action," a free panel discussion in which composer and National Sawdust Artistic Director Paola Prestini, director/writer Murat Eyuboglu, Federal Policy Diector of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Alix Murdoch, D.C. Greens Community Outreach Specialist Asha Carter, and conservationist/writer William deBuys will consider the challenges of inspiring a connection to nature, providing education about environmental and related social issues, and protecting the ecosystems that impact our lives.

This event is part of the Kennedy Center's annual new celebration DIRECT CURRENT--an immersive showcase for cutting-edge contemporary arts and culture with a focus on interdisciplinary creations.