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Documentary Viva La Verde to show in Sedona, Prescott
Saving the Verde

The 40-minute film tells the story of the river through interviews with local river activists using photography and video footage collected over three years of river exploration.

The 40-minute film tells the story of the river through interviews with local river activists using photography and video footage collected over three years of river exploration.

SEDONA -- Filmmaker Hugh Denno and co-producer Gary Beverley are showing their film, "Viva La Verde," a tribute to the Verde River and a call to arm to protect it.

The documentary screens this Friday at the Sedona Public Library and next Tuesday at the Raven Café in Prescott.

Denno says the film began as a project when he was a student at Prescott College, but continued to grow with the help of Beverley, who holds a PhD in physical chemistry and has taught physical science and alternative energy at Yavapai College.

Man has, for hundreds of years, made use of the flowing river that has some of the best surviving riparian habitat and variety of wildlife in the Southwest, but now groundwater mining is threatening its existence. Will citizens accept their role as stewards of this emerging national treasure before it's too late?

The 40-minute film tells the story of the river through interviews with local river activists using photography and video footage collected over three years of river exploration.

The five screening tour will also take the film to Phoenix, Tempe and Flagstaff and call attention to a Kickstarter project that will give the film much more exposure. Denno says raising $15,000 will allow editing to a length to place it on PBS Ch. 8, stamp 2,000 DVDs to place in every school in the state and place the film in the Official 2014 Southwestern Water Conservation and Wilderness Awareness Film Tour.  

Screenings are free to the public and include a discussion with Denno and Beverly after the film.

Friday, Aug. 15, at the Sedona Public Library, Si Birch Community Room, 3250 White Bear Rd, Sedona, AZ, 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez, Prescott, 7 pm.

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