Big River Man

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Big River Man starring Martin Strel, nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
Martin Strel speaking at the 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in New York City. Photo by Skip Storch
Big River Man is a feature documentary starring Martin Strel directed by the acclaimed art-house director John Maringouin. The film chronicled Strel's 3,300-mile historic swim down the Amazon River. It won a Best Cinematography prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and was critically praised for its extraordinary blend of comedy and drama.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

The documentary was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award. Its World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

When Martin Strel challenged the Amazon River in 2007, the audacity of his dreams was defined by the power, length and dangers of the mightiest river in the world. Mother Nature had the upper hand from beginning to end, but the strength of his character carried Big River Man to victory. Piranhas and pirates, jungles and jeopardy, heat and hazards, the Slovenian adventurer slogged and struggled his way down the entire length of the Amazon River together with a 22-person international support crew. His unprecedented feat against Mother Nature in the steamy tropics was captured on film to astound viewers sitting in the comfort of their homes. The multi-dimensional, multi-lingual Strel is the charismatic character in the center of the world's wildest movie set. With success never guaranteed during his 66-day stage swim, his exploits are showcased in Big River Man. For its footage in the most unlikely open water swimming venue, for Strel's continuous support of the open water swimming world, Big River Man is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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