Our partners

PARTNERS make significant contributions of $5,000 or more to film production whether through labor, equipment donation, or financial assistance.
Partners are listed prominently in the film  and receive special thanks in the credits.


patrice mutchnick

Patrice Mutchnick feels fortunate to live in the “heart of the gila” in a small community at the headwaters of the Gila River.  Like her daughter, Ella Jaz Kirk, Patrice is a river lover and advocate of wild places. She established a “Fund to Keep the Gila Free” in honor of Ella and is now a board member of the Heart of the Gila  whose mission is to promote projects that seek to better understand and conserve our watersheds and to educate children, adults and lawmakers about the social, economic and spiritual values of rivers in the southwest.

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todd schulke

Todd Schulke - Co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity has been involved in river and forest protection and restoration in the Southwest for over 25 years. He is on the board of the Center for Biological Diversity and has been on board of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance since its inception. Says Schulke, “Heart of the Gila is about protecting the things we love – that’s what I do and why I’m helping make this film.”


the center for biological diversity

From the mission of the Center for Biological Diversity :Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.”


the new mexico wilderness alliance

The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance (NMWA) is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and continued enjoyment of New Mexico’s wildlands and wilderness areas. “We each live but a short time and we cannot forget these lands that others kept open for us. It is for this experience on Earth that we rededicate ourselves everyday…” (NMWA Values Statement)


steve harris

Steve Harris is a consummate river runner and advocate of wild places.  As Executive Director of Rio Grande Restoration, Steve advocates for New Mexico rivers on the water and in the state house.


gila conservation committee

The Gila Conservation Coalition (GCC) was formed in 1984 to protect the free flow of the Gila and San Francisco Rivers and the wilderness characteristics of the Gila and Aldo Leopold Wilderness.  GCC promotes conservation of the Upper Gila River Basin and surrounding lands.

Marcey Olajos   

” The beauty of the Gila and the role it plays in habitats for flora and fauna, make this project so important. I am happy to offer my partnership!”
(The Painted Redstart is a summer migrant of the Gila)


peter coha

Peter Coha‘s generous donation spurred our enthusiasm and boosted our morale. Thank you, Peter and Vicki!