River Roots

River Roots is a full service production media house based in White Salmon, WA specializing in documentary film, television, branded entertainment and commercial campaigns. Born from the sport of whitewater kayaking, where exploring and documenting rivers served as the foundation of our work, River Roots has grown into a dynamic content generator for leading brands around the world like National Geographic, Red Bull and Mexico Tourism. We pride ourselves in our production team and services - bringing the same creativity, preparation and fearlessness needed to conquer the planet's toughest rapids to our work. Six continents from air, land and sea have been our workplace for the past decade and we're just getting started. Life is an adventure and our work is a testament to that belief.

WHAT CAN WE OFFER

AT RIVER ROOTS WE PROVIDE OUR CLIENTS WITH ALL THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO COMPLETE THEIR VIDEO PROJECTS FROM START TO FINISH. THIS INCLUDES PRE-PRODUCTION AND VISUALIZATION, FILMING AND EXECUTION OF PROJECT, AND POST-PRODUCTION SERVICES.

EQUIPMENT

Choosing the right equipment for your project is one of the most important parts of creating a lasting and professional product. River Roots will provide whatever cameras and equipment are most appropriate for our client’s needs. We film with everything from Red Weapons to Go Pros and GSS/Cineflex systems.

PRODUCTION

From providing support developing ideas and conceptualizing projects all the way to product completion, River Roots brings the best equipment, software, and industry-proven workflows to every project in order to produce cutting edge content for our clients. We specialize in providing a complete range of services from start to finish. The difference between a good project and a great project often comes down to post-production details. River Roots offers the professional knowledge and experience to make your project great.

AERIAL & DRONE

Aerial perspectives are exciting, refreshing and help tell the complete story. We encourage our clients to consider this option as it provides greater visual impact and creates a higher production value for the final product. We offer a variety of aerial options and solutions in order to capture all angles.

THE CREW

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF EACH PROJECT IS ASSEMBLING A TEAM THAT CAN PROVIDE THE FULL RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS NECESSARY TO CREATE A TRULY LASTING FINISHED PRODUCT. EACH INDIVIDUAL ON THE RIVER ROOTS TEAM BRINGS A SPECIAL SET OF SKILLS THAT ALLOW US TO TAKE ON ANY PROJECT.

Rush Sturges

Director | Producer | Editor 

Raised on the banks of California’s Salmon River, Rush began developing his skills as a film maker from the age of 12.  To date, Rush has created eight award...

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Rush Sturges

Director | Producer | Editor 

Raised on the banks of California’s Salmon River, Rush began developing his skills as a film maker from the age of 12.  To date, Rush has created eight award winning whitewater kayaking films and has honed his film making skills on location in some of the planet’s wildest places, from Pakistan to Patagonia to Northern Uganda. In addition to his Documentary films, Rush has also directed commercials and produced content for clients such as National Geographic, Red Bull, Toyota, GoPro, and the Mexican Board of Tourism. After a one year stint in film school at the Art Institute in Vancouver B.C., Rush went on to found River Roots, a media production house based in his adopted hometown of White Salmon, Washington. Rush also does music as a side hobby, with his latest album, “A Life Worth Living,”  garnering more than one million plays on Spotify and Apple Music. 

Matt Baker

Cinematographer | Aerial Camera Op

Matt is perhaps best known for his cinematography in the Feature Film “Chasing Niagara” which took home “Best Mountain Film” at the Banff Film Festival. Matt...

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Matt Baker

Cinematographer | Aerial Camera Op

Matt is perhaps best known for his cinematography in the Feature Film “Chasing Niagara” which took home “Best Mountain Film” at the Banff Film Festival. Matt graduated with a degree in Video and Visual Arts at Chico State, before taking a job at NBC in Sacramento for 2 years as a camera operator. In 2010, River Roots and Matt joined forces and have since gone on to create content for companies like National Geographic, Mexico Tourism, Red Bull, U.S.A. Today, Jackson Kayak and many more. When Matt isn’t capturing shots of Snow Leopards in Tibet or chasing Kayakers off 90 ft waterfalls in the jungles of Chiapas, he resides in his underground cave dwelling in the hills outside White Salmon, W.A.  

Jeff Harasimowicz

Producer

Jeff Harasimowicz is River Roots' executive producing partner. Harasimowicz has extensive experience across a range of genres including documentaries, outdoor/adventure entertainment, branded content, linear television...

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Jeff Harasimowicz

Producer

Jeff Harasimowicz is River Roots' executive producing partner. Harasimowicz has extensive experience across a range of genres including documentaries, outdoor/adventure entertainment, branded content, linear television and scripted features. He has produced a number of industry-leading films such as “unReal” and “Jeremy Jones’ Higher;” television series like Outside's "Locals" and Red Bull's "Ultimate Rush;" digital series like "How Not To" for Snapchat and Discovery; and commercial campaigns for brands like Chevrolet and Chrysler.  

Harasimowicz spent his early career working at The Weinstein Company where he participated in all aspects of company operations during a period of unrivaled success for the studio with, among other accolades, back-to-back Best Picture Oscar Winners (THE ARTIST and THE KING’S SPEECH) and 2011’s Best Documentary Oscar Winner (UNDEFEATED.) Prior to joining The Weinstein Company, Harasimowicz worked in Los Angeles with Avi Arad – the former CEO and Chairman of Marvel Studios, and United Talent Agency – a global leader in entertainment talent and literary representation. 

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