About "as it is"

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Journey down the Colorado River to see the Grand Canyon as too few do, from the bottom up. Run its biggest rapids, explore its slot canyons, and meet the Navajo and Hopi activists working to protect sacred sites threatened by a controversial development.     

Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt asked us to leave the Grand Canyon “as it is”.   Among the crown jewels of the United States’ national park system, Grand Canyon is protected far beyond most public lands, but an unprecedented billion dollar development threatens to change the wilderness nature of the Grand Canyon forever.

Known as the Escalade Proposal, the plan outlines a tramway resort that would bring up to 10,000 tourists per day down to the Confluence, a place held sacred for millennia.  Discover a story as big as the Canyon itself and learn why wild places need our protection now more than ever.

Grand Canyon View - 360 Camera

"Leave it as it is"

Theodore Roosevelt Stereograph

"In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep this great wonder of nature as it now is. I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur, the sublimity, the great loneliness and beauty of the canyon. Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it."

- President Theodore Roosevelt, 1903

Watch the Film

Journey down the mighty Colorado River to see the Grand Canyon as too few do, from the bottom looking up. Run it’s biggest whitewater rapids, explore its narrow slot canyons, and meet the indigenous activists working to protect sacred sites threatened by a controversial development proposal that would bring as many as 10,000 people a day to the Confluence, one of the most sacred sites in the Canyon.

Also available on these platforms:
Littlstar, VeeR, Vimeo and Facebook

The Making Of

After more than 3 years in the making, 2 river trips including 17 days on the Colorado River, 18 miles of hiking and 4 production trips to the region - the "as it is" project became a reality. Along the way, 360 cameras improved, stitching software got better and better, and stabilizing some of our biggest rapid shots became a possibility.

The VR film was the first of it's kind to show stunning views of the Grand Canyon from the Colorado River, 360 Labs was the first team to capture 360 video footage from the bottom of the canyon in the Summer of 2014.

The Crew

Thomas Hayden, Director
Thomas Hayden
Director & Producer
The man with the plan.

Matt Rowell, Director of Photography
Matt Rowell
Director of Photography
Chief scorpion finder.

Rachel Bracker, Editor & Producer
Rachel Bracker
Editor & Producer
Asks all the right questions.

Forrest Brennan, Cinematographer
Forrest Brennan
Cinematographer & VFX
Fords rivers like a boss.

Brad Gill - Post Producer
Brad Gill
Post Producer
He sees your stitching lines.

Daniel Luke Holton - Panoramic Photographer
Daniel Luke Holton
Panoramic Photographer

Richard Moore - Voice Talent
Richard Moore
Voice of "as it is"
Tag-Team Audio

Randy Johnson - VO Audio Engineer
Randy Johnson
VO Audio Engineer
Tag-Team Audio

Corey Crawford - Sound Design
Corey Crawford
Sound Design
The mix master.

Voices of "as it is"

We thank our interviewees for sharing their stories and insights. (listed in alphabetical order)

Larry Anderson
Larry Anderson
Former Councilman
Navajo Nation Council

Ernest & Marie Peyketewa
Ernest & Marie Peyketewa
Grazing Permit Holder
Bodaway-Gap, Arizona

Darrell Tso
Darrell Tso
President, Nahata Dziil
Commission Governance

Dave Uberuaga
Dave Uberuaga
Former Superintendent
Grand Canyon National Park

Emma Wharton
Emma Wharton
Executive Director
Grand Canyon Youth

Renae Yellowhorse
Renae Yellowhorse
Save the Confluence

They Helped

These organizations helped make "as it is" possible. We thank you for your support!

Save the Confluence
Western River Expeditions
American Rivers
Grand Canyon Trust
Navajo Nation
Dodocase VR
US National Park Service
Grand Canyon Youth


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