Director: Rush Sturges

Rush is a world-renowned kayaker and adventure filmmaker. To date, he has created nine award-winning whitewater kayaking films, including his latest feature documentary “The River Runner” now available on Netflix. Rush has honed his filmmaking and kayaking skills on location in some of the planet’s wildest places, from Pakistan to Congo to China. In 2009, Rush founded River Roots, a media production house based in his adopted hometown of White Salmon, WA. Rush is also passionate about uplifting the voices and messages of indigenous communities and in 2022 he co-founded the “Paddle Tribal Waters” program with Ríos to Rivers designed to teach tribal youth the sport of kayaking. He is currently working on a documentary film that follows tribal youth as they train to become the first group of people to successfully navigate the Klamath River from source to sea once the dams are removed.