RIGHT TO RISK – About the Film

Person with Mobility Impairment in Deer Creek Waterfall

Person with Mobility Impairment in Deer Creek Waterfall

The “Right to Risk” documentary was filmed in May 2005, accompanying eight individuals with significant physical disabilities on a 15-day whitewater raft trip down 225 miles of Colorado River through the most inaccessible and awe-inspiring environment of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.

The seeds of “Right to Risk” were sown while the brother-sister team of John and Kathleen Ryan were working on a gallery of Kathleen’s photography based on a previous Grand Canyon book and companion documentary, “Writing Down the River”.  Having informally advised each other on projects over the years, they were looking for an opportunity to put their respective talents to work.

When they heard about the City of Phoenix’s Parks and Recreation, Adaptive Recreation Services “River of Dreams” rafting trips through Grand Canyon, it was obvious to both that this was it.  The City of Phoenix was the first organizations to initiate these trips with river outfitters and Grand Canyon National Park in 1991.

Source: RIGHT TO RISK - About the Film


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