March 15, 2012

Life on the River of No Return

Bjornen Babcock writes at night with a headlamp and stove.

Marcia Franklin talks with the Idaho filmmaking couple behind the PBS NATURE documentary "River of No Return."

In June 2009, McCall residents and newlyweds Isaac and Bjornen Babcock began an adventure of a lifetime, living in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness of central Idaho. For the next 13 months, the Babcocks videotaped their experience, documenting not only what it was like to trek through the largest roadless area in the lower 48 states, but also capturing stunning footage of the wildlife along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, including wolves, otters and migrating salmon.

The result of the Babcocks' undertaking is "River of No Return," which was produced for the PBS series NATURE and premiered exclusively on Idaho Public Television March 7. "River of No Return" will air nationally on Wednesday, April 18.

Franklin talks with the Babcocks about why they wanted to make the film, what the main challenges were, how they established connections with the producers at NATURE, and how the experience has changed their lives.

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