Film Sponsors

Film Sponsors donate at the $500 level or higher and are given thanks in the film credits.


j&j signs

John and Jenny Mahl of J & J Signs are Michael’s parents and the owners of J & J signs of Silver City.  J & J has served southwest New Mexico since 1974.  John and Jenny  have donated 100’s of signs, stickers, and posters to both “A Heart, A Soul, A Voice” and the  Heart of the Gila  film project.


The Wilderness Lodge

Thanks to Dean and Jane, at The Wilderness Lodge, for helping offering lodging and hospitality right here in the Heart of the Gila for our film crews.  The Bruemmer family will also be donating their time and on-the-water experience as river guides and oarsmen for our Gila River film shoot this August.


Gila Hike and Bike

Voted one of the best 10 bike shops in New Mexico, Gila Hike and Bike has always been an ally in protecting wild places. An integral part of the community, helping us all get around on two wheels, Gila Hike and Bike is continually doing their part to help protect the Gila River. Please visit Martyn, Chris, and  Bill in downtown Silver City and say thanks!


jack’s plastic welding

We feel fortunate to have as a sponsor, New Mexico's only manufacturer of rafts, dry bags and raft tubes.  Thanks to Errol for helping us outfit our high bouyancy, low water, Gila River Catarafts.  We are grateful to Jack's for providing our boat and film crew with gear for our upcoming film shoot and proud to be using locally made, high quality products from neighbors in the north.


alps mountaineering

Many thanks to this home-grown, family run, midwest gear company for providing our project with tents for the wilderness run down the Gila River. Check out their tents, sleeping bags and pads at their website:


astral designs

Thanks so much to Astral Designs for their donation of PFD’s for our river shoot. We love their product. Here’s what they say on their website: “We are committed to sustainable business and products that last. With your support we will continue to build the cleanest most beautiful and   highest performing products you can buy and we promise to always put Nature First.


The American Canoe Association

The American Canoe Association  (ACA)  is the oldest and largest paddle sports organization in the United States, promoting canoeing, kayaking, and rafting.  The ACA serves the broader paddling public by providing stewardship support to help protect paddling environments. Thank you to Adobe Whitewater and the ACA for helping protect the Gila River.

RK Venture

RK Venture is an Albuquerque advertising agency, specializing in broadcast, graphic design and branding. We excel at creating innovative public awareness campaigns that effectively motivate behavior change. We believe that provocative, creative solutions help our clients meet and exceed their business and communication objectives.We are proud to support Heart of the Gila.


N.R.S. Northwest River Supply.      NRS was founded on the idea that a positive approach to business could enhance the lives of its community of stakeholders while outperforming the cynical and exploitative practices of many conventional companies. We at Heart of the Gila thank NRS for their generous sponsorship in rigging our custom low float rafts with the essential gear for our rowing crews.  Thank you!

Bear Creek Herbs, Silver City, New Mexico..a friend of Ella Jaz

Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico-For the Love of Rivers

Nathanial and Sarah Cobb, Los Ranchos, New Mexico

James Brainard, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Morones & Knuttinen LLC, Silver City, New Mexico

Suzi Calhoun and Janey Katz, Silver City, New Mexico

Patricia Dunn, Tyrone, New Mexico

Barbara Mora and Mitch Barsch,  Silver City, New Mexico

Catherine Wallace, Silver City, New Mexico

Quata Richards, Silver City, New Mexico

Brindle Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Zoe Wolfe and Steven Shelendich


  The Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) has been promoting healthy communities by protecting the environment since 1998.  GRIP is a partner of the Gila Conservation Coalition along with the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Film Backers! 

Backers make a contribution of any kind and are recognized in the film credits. Thank you.

Adobe Whitewater**Vintage Fantasies**Yada Yada Yarn**Limbicsystemphotoworks** Jeanie McClerie and Ken Keppler**Dorothy Riddle**Kristin Warnack**Courtney Schultz**David Rose**Charlie Alfero**Rachel Smith**Michael Selman**

Star Belsky**Maryanne Erickson**Kevin Thompson**Lesse Haire**Blake Farley & Hacienda Realty**Fred and Jennifer Barrazza**Andrea Letter**Terese Dorwart**John Hoyt**Denise Smith**Linda Hodapp**Joerg Fricke**

Mike Whelan**Rachel Bighley**Cheryl Krueger**Mike & Carik Fugagli**Douglas Forbes**Russ Kleinman**Tina Mealer**Eve Mutchnick**Cristin Bailey**Travis Cormack**Lisbeth Fuge**Jeffrey Sisneros**Dirk Norris**Mike Whelan**Adam Hill . **

Natasha Chisdes**Melanie Zipin**Jay Metzler**Dennis Weller**Timothy Thomas**Diane Hart**Nick Moolenijzer**Ilene Mutchnick**Margo Murphy**Yvonne & Joe Cordova**Sterling Grant**Nick Korte**Steve Harris**Vicki Wilkinson**Mahesh Pattabiraman**

Lisa Callirhoe**Mollie Podmore**Ellen Carol Camacho**Kent Ford**Neal Apple**Bill Charland & Phoebe Lawrence**Lobsang Gyelse**Colbie Lee**Damie Nelson**Candy ShirleyTimothy Thomas**Fran Browne**Steve Blake**Evan Rosen**

Jenny Metzler & Mark Allison**Victoria Smith**Cherisse Garcia**Naava Koenigsburg**Kendrick Dane**Endion P Schichtel**Michelle Borer**April Coppini**Julie Schmitt**Mark Allison**Jenny Metzler**Eve Mutchnick**Ilene Mutchnick**Margo Murphy**

Merri Rudd* *Melissa & Oliver Green **Maxine Paul**Adrienne Knute**Barbara Barmore**Derek Markham**Donna Stevens**Krys & Eriq Devine**Shanon Muehlhausen**Meghan Smith**Christina Allday-Bondy****Joseph Zummach**J.Brent Ricks**

Karen Dunning**Don McIver**Mary Anne Ericson **Stuart Overby**Dave Collins**