"The River and the Wall"
Produced by the Austin-based producer Hillary Pierce, the documentary The River and the Wall chronicles the 1,200-mile journey along the U.S.-Mexico border director Ben Master undertakes with a small team that includes fellow wildlife filmmaker Filipe Deandrade, ecologist Heather Mackey, conservationist Jay Kleberg, and Rio Grande river guide Austin Alvarado. The team’s goal is to capture the beauty of the landscapes that would be irrevocably altered and/or harmed if President Trump receives fund for and builds his planned border wall. The team travels for more than two months from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico by bike, foot, horse, and canoe, interviewing concerned residents, activists, ranchers, and politicians along the way. The River and the Wall will screen during the SXSW Film Festival at 11 a.m. March 12 at the Alamo Ritz and 11:15 a.m. March 15 at the Paramount Theatre. Hillary Pierce previously served as the coordinating producer for the 2016 documentaries Tower and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story.
Aired: March 11, 2019