The River Runner

2021 MOFF Official Selection

About This Project


Rush Sturges

Total Running Time:


Filming Location:

Nepal, United States, India, China, Pakistan

Filmmaker Origin:

United States


The story of Scott Lindgren’s 20-year quest to be the first person to paddle the four great rivers that originate from Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash is more than a gripping whitewater flick. It is also an intimate chronicle of an emotionally stunted athlete who’s having a breakthrough after a life crisis. As a highly accomplished expedition kayaker and whitewater filmmaker, Lindgren always forbade any sign of emotional vulnerability on the river; he saw it as a weakness that might jeopardize the fortitude needed for extreme waters. It takes a life-changing diagnosis, followed by a dark night of the soul, for him to finally learn how to show up with an open heart.

This film to be screened:

8/2/21 – The River Runner at UFF

2021 Award Winners, 8/2 Urban Farm Fermentory