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Image from Grand Canyon Voyage. Movie Makers, Dec. 1951, 393.

Identifier:

  • A0320 (Source: Alton Morton independent film collection, 1947-1968)

Date produced: 1951

Filmmaker(s):

Alton Morton

Languages:

English

Length:

1600 ft

Format:

16mm

Colour:

Kodachrome

Sound Notes:

Magnetic

Sound:

With sound on wire.

Awards/Recognition:

ACL Ten Best 1951 - Honorable Mention

Description:

"Grand Canyon Voyage is the record of how seven daring people in three tiny boats ran the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry in Arizona, through the awesome gorge of the Grand Canyon, to Lake Mead in Nevada. The trip itself was the exciting and gallant climax to four years of dedicated effort by Al Morton. Ideally, this film record of the trip should be infused with this same excitement, this same sense of gallant adventure. That it is not consistently so inspirited will be a source of sincere regret to all who know Mr. Morton. But perhaps no motion picture of this dangerous, demanding river run could recreate this spiritual overtone. The physical odds against filming were too great, too overwhelming, for controlled camera work and integrated continuity. Survival itself became more important than an image of it. Al Morton, we believe, has done a supremely difficult job far better than would the most of us. He has done it as well, surely, as any cameraman living." Movie Makers, Dec. 1951, 411.

Resources:

Alton Morton independent film collection, 1947-1968 Archives West.

Morton shares stories about this film's production in "The Reader Writes" (Movie Makers, Nov. 1951, 350).

Locations:

  • Lee's Ferry, Arizona (Filming)
  • Lake Mead, Nevada (Filming)
  • Grand Canyon (Filming)

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Repository:

University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.

Screenings:

  • Screened by the Utah Cine Arts Club in 1952, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Screened by the Seattle Amateur Movie Club in 1953, Seattle, WA
  • Screened at the Ogden Theatre in 1964 (The Ogden Standard-Examiner, Feb. 23, 1964), Ogden, UT

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