“We see cities as something separate from the wilderness, but the former evolved from the latter“; ergo, the subject of a documentary film titled Hudson River Project. The plot of the film involves a journey—one taken by cyclist James Bowthorpe on a boat composed entirely of recycled New York City garbage. Director Antony Crook chronicles this journey, starting at Lake Tear of the Clouds, the source of the Hudson River in the Adirondack Mountains, down the Hudson River Valley, and ending 315 miles down, past the urban spectacle that is New York City. The film is set to be entirely scored by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, providing the perfect background music for an understated journey with a loud environmental message.
Hudson River Project will follow Bowthorpe collecting refuse and assembling his water vessel before hauling it to the journey’s starting point on his bike. Bowthorpe has taken on a similar endeavor in the past, on the Thames River in London, but he’s still enlisted the help of skilled outdoorsman Phil Wrigley, in case he needs guidance. The full length feature will start filming this fall, given they reach their $100,000 Kickstarter goal. The original Mogwai soundtrack for Hudson River Project will be released as a full album.