IN MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE STARTING FRIDAY, MAY 3

TIMELY, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED & SXSW AWARD-WINNING NEW FILM ‘THE RIVER AND THE WALL’ ON BORDER WALL ALONG TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER

‘THE RIVER AND THE WALL’
DOCUMENTARY RECEIVED STANDING OVATIONS AT SXSW SCREENINGS, WON THE SXSW 2019 LOUIS BLACK ‘LONE STAR’ AWARD, AND WAS THE OPENING NIGHT FILM AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL

The timely new documentary feature The River and The Wall (www.theriverandthewall.com), from award-winning director Ben Masters (Unbranded) and Emmy-winning producer Hillary Pierce (Tower) just had its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and has been an audience favorite at other recent film festivals. Distributor Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, plans a North American theatrical and on demand release starting Friday, May 3, 2019. Gravitas previously released Masters’ award-winning documentary feature Unbranded that followed four young cowboys as they hatched a plot to adopt, train, and ride a string of wild mustangs 3,000 miles from Mexico to Canada through the wildest terrain of the American West.

The River and The Wall follows five friends on a 1,200 mile journey along the US-Mexico border from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico. Riding horses, bicycles, and paddling canoes, they travel along the Rio Grande and meet with landowners, border patrol agents, congressmen on both sides of the aisle, immigrants, wildlife biologists, and folks on either side of the Rio to better understand where a physical border wall would go and the impacts it would have.

The immigrant stories of two of the characters are interwoven through the journey, humanizing the controversial topic of immigration, while they travel through a landscape that could soon crumble to a wall intended to keep them out. Told through stunning cinematography of landscapes and cultures rarely visited and often demonized, The River and The Wall takes viewers on an unforgettable border journey into the most controversial and talked about topic in the world today: the border wall. You will never look at the border the same again.

“VISUALLY STUNNING AND POLITICALLY SHARP.”
“Visually gorgeous and acutely political, it is a vivid, engaging nature film with a message.”
“Immerses viewers in the natural world and makes an effective case for keeping it that way.”
– Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter

“ONE OF THIS YEAR’S MUST-SEE MOVIES.”
“It is a thrilling and gorgeous tale of adventure, with humor and flat-out wonder at nature’s beauty.”
– Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman

“ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF 2019.”
”★★★★★”

The River and the Wall is going to be one of the most-talked about documentaries of 2019 because of its timeliness in the current political environment…If there’s a film that’s going to make you angry this year, let it be The River and the Wall. If this film doesn’t make you angry, I don’t know what will!”
– Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

“POWERFUL, SWEEPING AND SURPRISINGLY EMOTIONAL.” 
– Winston Salem Journal

“Gravitas is thrilled to be collaborating with Ben Masters and his team on The River and the Wall,” said Brendan M. Gallagher, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Gravitas Ventures. “The film is visually stunning and provides much-needed human, practical, and environment perspectives on the divisive border wall issue that has shut down our government and polarized the country.”

“When we started filming The River and The Wall two years ago when the “build that wall” rhetoric just began, we had no idea that the issue would blow up into a government shutdown and one of the most controversial topics in the world,” said director Ben Masters. “We’ve spent the past two years documenting the border, travelled every mile of the Texas-Mexico border on bikes, horses, and canoes, and met with dozens of people on both sides of the Rio Grande to make a film that shows what the borderlands actually look like, how a wall would actually work, and how it would impact immigration, landowners, water access, wildlife, and border culture.”

Masters added: “We interviewed border patrol agents, immigrants, ranchers, wildlife biologists, Republican and Democratic congressmen, Mexicans, and Americans to hopefully give an accurate portrayal of the border and let the audience decide for themselves if a physical border wall is a good way to approach our immigration and border security challenges. At a time when there’s so much division, ignorance, and false reporting about the border, I’m excited to release the film and allow the incredible landscapes and people there to speak for themselves.”

The River and The Wall features, among others, former Democratic Congressman and newly-announced presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke as well as sitting Republican Congressman Will Hurd.

Click here to see all screenings: https://theriverandthewall.com/screenings

FRIDAY, MAY 3 – OPENING DAY (FULL RUNS)

Opens in Cleveland, OH at Tower City Cinemas
Opens in Columbus, OH at Gateway Film Center
Opens in Dallas/Ft. Worth at La Gran Plaza 8
Opens in the Denver/Colorado Springs, CO region at Icon Cinema – Colorado Springs
Opens in Detroit (Canton, MI) at Emagine Canton 18 + EMAX
Opens in Durango, CO at Animas City Theatre
Opens in Gainesville, FL at Hippodrome Theatre
Opens in Grand Rapids, MI at Celeb Grand Rapids Woodland
Opens in Harrisburg/Lancaster, PA at Zoetropolis Theatre
Opens in Houston, TX at Cine America 8 (American Cinemas Houston)
Opens in Lansing, MI at Celebration + Lansing 20 + IMAX
Opens in Little Rock/Pine Bluff in Pines Mall 8
Opens in Los Angeles at Laemmle Glendale
Opens in Minneapolis (Lakeville, MN) at Emagine Lakeville
Opens in New York City (Manhattan)
Opens in Orlando, FL at The Villages
Opens in the Philadelphia/Delaware market (Middleton, DE) at Westown Movies 12 GTX
Opens in San Angelo, TX at Icon San Angelo
Opens in San Antonio, TX at Bijou at Crossroads (Santikos)

MONDAY, MAY 6 / MONDAY, MAY 13 – SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT SCREENINGS IN MARKETS NATIONWIDE

Click here to see all screenings: https://theriverandthewall.com/screenings