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Documentary follows ecological, cultural history of San Antonio River

By Mesquite staff

The San Antonio River Authority is showing a documentary in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

The 70-minute documentary, “Sustaining and Enriching Life in South Texas: The Story of the San Antonio River,” will be shown for free 10 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Brooks City- Base Cinema at 2623 SE Military Dr.

Steven Schauer, SARA’s manager of external communications, said in an interview with WOAI on Thursday that the documentary traces the river’s history from archaeological finds 12,000 years ago to the present day.

The film is produced by Thompson Marketing, a San Antonio agency and 1080, Inc., a post-production company with offices in south and central Texas.

The production is a partnership between the San Antonio River Authority and  two local production agencies with leadership from executive producer Ken Ashe from 1080, Inc. and director and photographer Adam Stielstra from Thompson Marketing.

Reached Monday, Ashe said the documentary will not only be a  history lesson for students, but a biology lesson on how the river was formed and how it came to be an influential part of San Antonio’s history and culture.  Ashe said the documentary also tells a story that helps students understand more about the river and city they live.

He said 1080 production company, a client of Thompson Marketing, performed the editing because the two had previously collaborated on projects.

For more information, visit, or call Brooks City Base Cinema at (210) 531-3000.

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