The River and the Wall

The River and the Wall

The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

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Ben Masters




Director: Ben Masters
Executive Producer: Cindy Meehl, Nancy P. Sanders, Howard G. Buffett
Producer: Hillary Pierce
Cinematographer: John Aldrich, Phill Baribeau, Dave Adams, Korey Kaczmarek, Brandon Widener, Collin Baggett
Editor: John Aldrich
Sound Designer: Cheryl Ottenritter
Music: Noah Sorota
Principal Cast: Ben Masters, Jay Kleberg, Filipe DeAndrade, Heather Mackey, Austin Alvarado, Beto O'Rourke, Will Hurd
Additional Credits: Assistant Editor: Alex Winker, Additional Editing By: Nina Vizcarrondo, Associate Producer: Katy Baldock


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Ben Masters
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Adam Segal
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English, Spanish
Runtime: 109:00 mins