A Concrete River
Reviving the waters of Los Angeles
Reviving the waters of Los Angeles
A Concrete River: Reviving the Waters of Los Angeles, traces the extraordinary story of the Los Angeles River, starting with the native Tongva tribes that lived along it's banks before the Spanish arrived, all the way through to the present day.
Remarkably, most Los Angeles residents don't know the story of the river, that it even exists. That is due, in part, to the fact the once wildlife rich river has been turned into a concrete ravine from the hills to the sea.
This documentary takes you on a journey from the origins of Los Angeles to the present; through floods, waterways and the building of the miles-long concrete water basin which protects Los Angeles from seasonal floods. Today, with the enthusiasm and support of many Angelinos, the river is roaring back, new, revived and redesigned so it will serve its purpose as a protective waterway, but also, as an ecosystem; a place for wildlife, fish, recreation and where people may gather.
This film is currently under submission to film festivals and therefore can not be shared. However, the documentary can be viewed exclusively on the Friends of the Los Angeles River, mobile education unit (the River Rover). View here: http://folar.org/river-rover/ Please go to www.Folar.org to find out more.
Raphael Sbarge can be seen alongside Taye Diggs in TNT's Murder in the First. Sbarge portrays Detective Molk in the hit crime drama, which returned for its second season June 8, 2015. Raphael continues to recur onOnce Upon a Time, in the role of Archie Hopper and Jiminy Cricket, in the hit ABC fantasy drama. Raphael also has a supporting role in the upcoming Lionsgate western feature, By Way of Helena opposite Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson, premiering in 2015. Alongside his work as an actor, Raphael is developing a number of independent films. A Concrete River is his documentary directorial debut.
His own story began in Manhattan, as the only child in an eccentric theatrical family. His mother was a Broadway costume designer, and his father a writer, artist, filmmaker and author. Sbarge began working at the age of 4, when a new PBS show called Sesame Street was looking for kids. At 13, Sbarge decided to return to acting and found an agent. He began working almost immediately: By 16 he was in his first Broadway show, The Curse of the Aching Heart, opposite Faye Dunaway. At 18, just days after graduating high school, he flew to Chicago to co-star in Risky Business with Tom Cruise.
Sbarge has appeared in more than 30 films, including Independence Day, Vision Quest and Pearl Harbor. He was a series regular on CBS's The Guardian and appeared in recurring roles on Dexter, Prison Break, 24 and Star Trek: Voyager. He has made more than 100 television guest appearances, with roles on The Good Wife, Castle, CSI, Chicago Fire, Criminal Minds and Grey's Anatomy. Sbarge is also a videogame voice artist-his credits include the highly acclaimed series Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 (The New York Times' Game of the Year) and Knights of the Old Republic, among others. Sbarge has stepped behind the camera, as well, serving as director and co-executive producer of two Web series: On Begley Street, starring Ed Begley Jr. (winner of the 2013 Best New Media Award at the Burbank International Film Festival; Platinum Best of Show Aurora award winner, Nature/Environment; nominee, The EMA Awards); and Jenna's Studio, starring Jenna De Angeles, who has racked up more than 3 million views on YouTube. Sbarge has also directed and produced a documentary about climate change, Is There Hope for Planet Earth. The documentary was filmed at the prestigious California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.
His newest film, A Concrete River: Reviving the Waters of Los Angeles, traces the extraordinary story of the Los Angeles river, starting with the native Tongva tribes that lived along it's banks before the Spanish arrived, all the way through to the present day. Remarkably, most Los Angeles residents don't know the story of the river, that it even exists, or that the city of Los Angeles was initiated by the early explores, because of it.
In the little free time that Sbarge has, he founded Green Wish, a nonprofit that helps local green organizations fund projects for their communities. Green Wish currently has chapters in Los Angeles; Lawrence, Kan.; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; and Denver. Chapters are currently in the works in other cities, including Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. See more info at www.greenwish.com.
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