“I’m trying to reconnect to something that is older than what we know…It’s just like any wild thing, when you get close to it, it moves away — doesn’t want to be caught, doesn’t want to be dissected. There’s a certain amount of mystery that you need to leave intact.”
So says Jimmy Miller in a new film, Flint, that captures the beauty of Georgia’s Flint River. Miller grew up fishing the lower Flint’s shoals and diving its freshwater springs.
American Rivers released “Flint” as the third in the organization’s series of films using creative storytelling to inspire river conservation. The first film was Parker’s Top 50, a short film about a child’s action-packed adventures along some of the Northwest’s most beautiful rivers. Next in the series was The Important Places, an award-winning film about a father and son reconnecting on a Grand Canyon river trip.
In addition to Miller, “Flint” produced by Modoc Stories, features Robin McInvale, who fell in love with her husband on the river and is now introducing the river to her grandchildren, and Paul DeLoach, one of the founders of Flint Riverkeeper and a cave diver who is intimately familiar with the Flint’s underwater world.
Georgia’s Flint River provides water for over one million people, 10,000 farms, unique wildlife, and 300 miles of exceptional fishing and paddling. Despite being in a historically wet area of the country, in recent years many Flint River tributaries have dried up completely and the river’s flows have dropped dramatically. American Rivers and Flint Riverkeeper are working in collaboration with diverse partners to restore the flows and health of the Flint.