Big River Man

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Big River Man
Big River Man FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John Maringouin
Produced by Maria Florio
Molly Lynch
John Maringouin
Kevin Ragsdale
Roger M. Mayer
Molly Hassell
Written by Molly Lynch
John Maringouin
Starring Martin Strel
Borut Strel
Matthew Mohlke
Music by Rich Ragsdale
Cinematography John Maringouin
Paul Marchand
James Clauer
Distributed by IndiePix us(DVD)
Planet Green us (TV)
Release date
Running time
100 minutes
Language English
Budget $500,000

Big River Man is a 2009 documentary film directed by John Maringouin. It follows the Slovenian long-distance swimmer Martin Strel as he swims the entire 3,300 mile length of the Amazon River, between February and April 2007.

The film was nominated for the grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Excellence in Cinematography Award (Maringouin also shot the film). It is being distributed by Revolver Entertainment and the Discovery Channel.


The film has been almost universally praised, achieving a score of 90% by Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a score of 67 from Metacritic indicating generally favorable reviews. Critics praised the humor and story telling of the documentary and many compared it to a Werner Herzog documentary. One negative review came from Anthony Quinn of Independent, who called the on-screen chronicle of the swim "fuzzy and flaky".

Soundtrack score[edit]

2m1 Records recently released the soundtrack score at the beginning of 2011. In the liner notes, 2m1 Records states: "Rich Ragsdale's wonderful musical achievement defines Martin Strel and his comedic yet serious struggle in swimming 3,300 miles down the Amazon River. Going from a Pendereckian aesthetic to even post-rock and orchestral minimalism, this score is contagious in its ability to take you on a comedic yet dark subconscious emotional journey of Big River Man's eclectic protagonist." In association with KNR Productions and Producer Andrew P. Alderete, 2m1 released this album through iTunes and Amazon.

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