Monday, September 23, 2013
Robb Moss revisits the Grand Canyon's rapids and scenery seen in his 1982 short, Riverdogs (top still), in the full length The Same River Twice (2003). Moss investigates the lives of five people he knew as Colorado River guides: three men and two women. Of these characters, the women (past and present Cathy, second and third stills, and Danny, fourth and fifth stills) emerge as the most watchable and likable. The film intimately connects with its five principals, whose takeaway from their river guide years is a natural tendency toward leadership in their present lives (two became mayors of their towns). Haunting footage from twenty years earlier creates a visual and visceral portrayal of the process of moving from youth to maturity.