DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
Studio: PumpJack Entertainment
Clay Watkins (Sam Huntington, “Fanboys,” “Superman Returns”), an angry teenager haunted by the death of his father, has moved to the small town where his grandfather, Buster Watkins (Barry Corbin, “Northern Exposure”), is sheriff. Angry and struggling, Clay just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Buster sets up a roadblock on Clay’s collision course with the law by presenting him with a choice: successfully navigate by canoe a 60-mile stretch of the rugged and perilous Pecos River or go to jail.
Through the hardship, danger and stark beauty of life on the river, Clay confronts the fear and grief at the root of his anger and learns a few things about being a good man.
The cast also includes Caroline Goodall (“Schindler’s List”) as widow Sarah Watkins, Clay’s distraught mother; Charles Durning (“The Sting,” “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”); and Clint Howard (“Cinderella Man,” “My Dog Skip”).
THE MAKING OF “RIVER’S END”
With the theatrical release in Central Texas in February 2007 of the dramatic and heartfelt family/adventure film “River’s End,” screenwriter and co-director Glen Stephens is realizing the accomplishment of a vision — one of good people telling good stories and Texas values of honesty, integrity and fairness.
The prolific Stephens had been writing screenplays for 20 years, with 18 to his credit, and wanted access to the right people in the industry. When one of his screenplays, another family adventure, “Wooly Boys,” was purchased in 1997 (filmed in 2001 with Kris Kristofferson and Peter Fonda; released 2005, available on DVD), he realized he could have maintained more control of the story had he been that film’s director. His next move was to gather investors who believed in him, begin a production company and direct his own projects.
The production company was named Molding Clay Productions for the original name of the “River’s End” story, a story born out of the lessons Stephens had learned on the rugged Pecos River in West Texas.