A DVD is now available of the adventure documentary 3 Women, 3 Hundred Miles. This 65-minute documentary chronicles a self support adventure on river boards down the Colorado River, by Coloma local Kelley Kalafatich, along with her friends Julie Munger and Rebecca Rusch. Having been fortunate enough to see it a few years ago, I can say it is extremely well done. The adventure is gripping, the people are real and engaging, and the Colorado River and Grand Canyon are awe-inspiring as always. You can order a copy by sending your mailing address, and a minimum donation of $40 to: Sue Norman, PO Box 9423, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96158. Make the check out to, NTAF Southwest Spinal Cord Injury Program, and write “in honor of Kelley Kalafatich” in the memo line.
From the River Journeys website:
Kelley was born and raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and became a river guide in 1979. Her keen sense of adventure and desire to live a year-round outdoor guiding life got her involved with river expeditions to Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, Siberia, Fiji, Borneo, Equador, Chile, and of course Alaska where she rows a boat on our Tatshenshini trips. Her boating and expedition planning skills invariably got her hooked up with Hollywood where she had a role as Meryl Steep’s stunt double in The River Wild. As an aspiring filmmaker in her own right, she produced and filmed Three Women, Three Hundred Miles — an award-winning feature documentary which was honored in both the Durango and Nevada City Film Festivals. This documentary features Kelley and two other women running the entire length of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado on riverboards in the dead of winter. It is a spell-binding piece and a triumph of the spirit. Beautifully filmed, it is gives a perspective of the canyon that is seldomly seen, let alone experienced at that time of year — the quietude and the grandeur.
For updates on Kelley Kalafatich’s fight with transverse myelitis, please visit checkonkk.blogspot.com.