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Synopsis: This is going to be disgusting… A journey to expose one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico, the Río Grande de Santiago. Most people have never heard of it and yet it affects millions in Mexico and millions more beyond the country’s border.

The only thing that was clear at the beginning was the goal: float the 336 miles (541 km) of the Río Grande de Santaigo from the source to the sea. What we found was a river corridor with immense beauty and tragically dirty waters. The story that came out of the journey showed us that overcoming the dams, rapids, eutrophicated stretches of plant blockades and possible sickness would not be as difficult as navigating the relationships between us.

Any and all proceeds from the making of this film will go to Un Salto de Vida, A.C. who is already working toward a healthier future for the river and the people in El Salto.




English, Spanish

Run Time

46 minutes


Chris Garcia (Expedition Leader)

Directed by

John McKinley

Produced by

Sam Morrison

Director's Statement

Lifestyle filmmaking. Concept design, writing, direction, production, edition, and delivery to the platform of your choice.
I specialize in bringing a subject to life with a cinematic feel. Sometimes the way something looks isn’t necessarily the way it “feels” to someone who is passionate about it. My goal is not merely to share information, but to tell a story that creates a sense of what it’s all about – it’s part of a lifestyle.

Director's Bio

John lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for 9 years teaching students to care about film and technology. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife and three children.


The Earth Day Film Festival - United States - 2016

Official Selection (John McKinley)

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Aspect Ratio

1.77:1 (16:9)

Sound Mix

5.1 Surround


Nikon D700, Canon EOS 70D, GoPro 3+





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