The Buffalo River is born in the Ozark Mountains, springing from the hills and into rock framed valleys carved by weather and ageless time. It is our first national river—a place folks fought to preserve. Save the Buffalo was the cry. Don't let her be drowned by her own waters! "They won that battle, and federal protection. And today there is a future that mirrors the past, because the Buffalo flows."
The Buffalo Flows is a one-hour documentary film written and produced by two-time Emmy award winning filmmaker Larry Foley, Professor of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Ray McKinnon, an actor and film director who calls Little Rock home. Trey Marley of Fayetteville does a masterful job of capturing the river's magnificent beauty over four seasons, while Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Dale Carpenter, also a professor at the U of A, lends his talent as the film's editor.
"This story is like the old song, 'Big Rock Candy Mountain.' There's not just one thing that makes the Buffalo so special—so unique," said Foley. "When the 'Battle for the Buffalo' was won, protecting the river from being dammed, we saved a national, natural treasure."
"People know of the river as a canoe stream, and it's one of the best. But the Buffalo is so much more, and the film captures exactly what it is we protected. This story is about the bluffs and the trees, the flowers and the birds and the giant elk. It's about hiking and floating and camping and fishing. And it's also about the people who make their home in Buffalo River country year round, and have for generations," Foley said.
Folk singer Jimmy Driftwood called the Buffalo River, "Arkansas' gift to the nation-America's gift to the world."
"She is fashioned by young Mother Nature and sculpted by Old Father Time," wrote Driftwood. "A painting that hangs on a mountain, glimmering there in the sun, to show that the people have won."
Funding was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.
For more information, contact Larry Foley, 479-575-6307