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DVDs and Video On Demand

Patagonia Rising is now available on DVD and Netflix in the US and Canada, and on demand in the rest of the world.
DVDs are for sale and currently on sale through our distributor’s website. Here’s the link:
If you haven’t seen Patagonia Rising yet, now you can support the project and have your own copy. If you have seen the film perhaps you know someone who would enjoy it. Please forward the link or buy a copy as a gift.
If you are a Netflix subscriber please add Patagonia Rising to your queue to watch instantly or on DVD.
If you are outside of the US or Canada, you can see the Spanish version on Youtube here:
and the English version here:
These were posted by our international distributor, Journeyman Pictures.
Please spread the word and help us bring this film to an ever wider audience.


In late 2011 Patagonia Rising was picked up for distribution, in the US by First Run Features, and throughout the rest of the world by Journeyman Pictures. Both Organizations are preparing to release the film in a variety of formats, including theatrical, TV, DVD, VOD. Please stay tuned to our screenings page for opportunities to see Patagonia Rising. Thanks for your interest in our film and in this important issue.

Patagonia Rising Across the Americas

There is so much to report:

In Chile:

We have been accepted into the Valdivia International Film Festival. We have not received our screening schedule yet but the festival runs from Oct 11-16. With the help of the Chilean Film Commission, Patagonia Sin Represas, and university students we are organizing a screening tour to five or more cities near Valdivia immediately following the festival. We are seeking targeted donations to support this tour of the film through the Lakes District of Chile. Please visit our “support” page to make a donation.

In Santiago, the Cine Arte Alameda is interested in screening Patagonia Se Levanta after the festival in Valdivia. The tentative screening date is Oct 18. Please stay tuned for more information. We will have plenty of time to advertise this show and plan to sell the theater out! One volunteer in Santiago, Fernanda Brito-Muñoz, is organizing this event. She has already organized and hosted a half dozen screenings at public libraries around the city. She has volunteered all of her time and covered expenses out of her own pocket. We are seeking donations, to make the Alameda event a huge success and to pay for advertising and for Fernanda’s time. Thank you for the support!

In the US…

New opportunities open up almost every week. Some recent highlights include:

… A sold-out show at the Silco Theater in Silver City, New Mexico last night. Thanks to Cheryl and Jonathan Leidich, the WNMU-Silver City International Film Society, Aldo Leopold High School, Gila Resources Information Project, and the Gila Conservation Coalition for making this event such a huge success. Proceeds from this event are going directly toward the Lakes District film tour described above.

… A packed screening at the Mission Theater in Portland, OR last weekend, organized by director Brian Lilla. Thanks to all those involved for this successful event.

On August 23rd Patagonia Rising took CU Boulder by storm. About 250 people filled the humanities facility, leaving standing room only. Thanks to CU and the Environmental Center for hosting this event and thanks to all that made it so successful.

On Agust 17th, Patagonia Rising screened at the Isis Theater in Aspen, CO, kicking off the 8th annual American Renewable Energy Day Summit. Daniel Gonzalez, a tireless Chilean activist and river advocate, joined director, Brian Lilla, on stage for the post-show Q and A. Thanks to Daniel for sharing his first-hand perspectives on the current situation in Chile. Founder, Producer, and Director of AREDAY, Chip Comins made a special appearance at the screening to thank us for helping avert an ecological disaster in Chile while highlighting sustainable solutions to future energy demands. And the Aspen Times selected Patagonia Rising as this year’s editor’s pick for the one-day film festival:

Coming Soon…

We are participating in film festivals from Oaxaca, Mexico to Santa Rosa, CA. Check out our “screenings” page for a show near you!

SF Premiere Report

The Premiere on June 8 was incredible. We sold out the Victoria Theater, all 470 seats! Thanks everyone for the support. It was so rewarding to feel the crowd’s enthusiasm for the film. We could not have asked for a better turnout or a more successful evening. So many people here in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Chile have donated time, money, resources, and worked for little to nothing to bring this film to life. Many were in attendance last night. We wanted to thank you all personally but did not have the time. We are forever grateful.

So far in Chile we have had two public screenings in Coyhaique and the film has screened in the school system there. Our field producers in Chile are preparing for a screening tour in towns all along the Río Baker. We have volunteers in Santiago organizing screenings in the universities but with no firm dates to report yet. We are looking for help bringing this film to towns and cities across Chile. Can you help us achieve this goal? Please visit our “Take Action” page and get in touch.

Thanks to everyone for making the Bay Area Premiere such an inspiring event!

San Francisco Premiere

The San Francisco Premiere of Patagonia Rising is happening on Wednesday, June 8. Don’t miss this chance to see the film. Tickets are going fast. Get yours today!

What: Patagonia Rising – The San Francisco Premiere!
Wednesday June 8, 8pm
The Victoria Theatre
2961 16th St @ Capp
San Francisco, CA

Tickets: $10  available at

Remaining tickets sold day-of-show ~ Box office opens 7pm

Q & A with the filmmakers and International Rivers after the show

Learn the latest on the issues from International Rivers and how YOU can get involved

After party – Limón – 524 Valencia between 16th and 17th

Please join our Facebook page for the event:

Before the show stop by Chile Lindo across the street from the theater for a delicious empanada!

For more info contact

Event Sponsors: International Rivers; studiobfilms; Clif Bar

Global Protests

On May 20/21 people around the world are protesting the recent decision by Chile’s environmental regulators to approve the HidroAysén dam project. Here is a way for you to get involved:

La Lucha Sigue

(para ver este sitio web en español, haz clic en la bandera chilena en el lado izquierdo de la barra de menú)

On May 9, 2011, the environmental regulatory agencies in the region of Aysén Chile approved the HidroAysén dam proposal. The decision is very controversial as the majority of Chileans across the country oppose the project. The struggle is far from over however. HidroAysén has many significant hurdles to overcome before starting construction on the dams. One involves the environmental review process for the 1500 miles of transmission lines required to deliver the power from the dams to the central grid. This process has not yet begun and could likely take years. If the delivery mechanism gets the environmental stamp of approval, HydroAysén still needs to raise the US $7 billion to build the project.

Patagonia Rising is more relevant than ever. We need help getting it shown across Chile and the rest of the world. Can you organize a screening in your home town, connect us to festivals or broadcasters, donate to our distribution campaign? Please visit our support page to make a donation and get in touch via our contact page.

The BBC ran an article that was picked up by AP and reprinted in papers across the US. Read the original article here:

For news in Spanish out of Chile:

For an update in English from International Rivers:

A World Premiere and a Chile Premiere

(para ver este sitio web en español, haz clic en la bandera chilena en el lado izquierdo de la barra de menú)

Patagonia Rising starts reaching out to the Americas this May. First, with a World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival at 5:30 PM on Sunday May 1. For more information and tickets please visit the festival website:

If you live in the area please come out for the show. If you know people in the area please send them information and encourage them to attend. Director Brian Lilla will be there. It’s going to be an exciting event.

And just one week later, in the southern hemisphere, Patagonia Rising (Patagonia Se Levanta in Spanish) makes its Chile premiere at the Third Annual Festival de Cine de la Patagonia Aysén in Coyhaique May 6-9:

This is the capital city of the region where we shot the film and a perfect venue for the Chile premiere. Field producer Fernanda Bozzolo will be there. Jonathan Leidich – field producer, logistics genius, and our link to this story and the people of the Baker River – will hopefully be driving up from the Baker River to Coyhaique in order to attend.

These screenings hold great relevance as the environmental regulatory agencies in Chile are on the brink of either approving or rejecting the HidroAysén environmental impact statement. Coyhaique and Newport Beach will be launching pads for our film to spread across Chile, the Americas, and the world. Patagonia Rising can influence the debate in Chile over this controversial proposal and inform people around the globe wrestling with large dam proposals.

Please tell your friends and family and make it to either of these screenings if you can.


The Patagonia Rising Team

Trailer en Espanhol

Mira aqui:

Patagonia Rising Reaching Out

We have completed post-production on Patagonia Rising! Well into our third year of work on the project we have achieved a major milestone, though more work lies ahead. We have submitted the film to a number of international festivals and are waiting for responses. The premiere will likely happen this spring. We will let you know as soon as we do. For now please enjoy the trailer here on the website.

We will also be sending the project to television networks in Chile and across Latin America. If you recommend specific networks or have contact information for any potential broadcasters please get in touch. This is a critical component of our plans for the film and we need help reaching the broadest audience possible. And on that note, we are seeking funding support for outreach and distribution. Post-production completely tapped our bank account and we need help with all the costs around marketing and distributing the film. Donations of any size can be made to Patagonia Rising through our fiscal sponsor via website or by mail. Please visit the “Support” page for more information.

Please stay tuned for news on the premiere of Patagonia Rising and other exciting broadcast opportunities soon to follow!

2011 Newport Beach International Film Festival
2011 San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
2011 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
2011 Valdivia International Film Festival, Valdivia, Chile
2011 Festival Internacional de Cine Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
2011 Festival de Cine de la Patagonia Aysén, Winner Special Jury Award
2011 Certamen de Cine de Viajes del Ocejón, Spain, Winner Jury Award
2012 Festival Cine Otro Valparaiso, Chile, Winner Presidente Allende Award
2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival
2011 Carmel Film Festival
2011 Yosemite Film Festival, Winner El Capitan Award
2011 Santa Rosa International Film Festival
2011 Pacific Rim Film Festival
2011 Three Rivers Film Festival
2012 Festival Cine de Latino, Stuttgart, Germany