Wildlife cinematographer Austin Alvarado has a passion for the wild and rugged Big Bend region of Texas. He lives in Terlingua, but his work takes him to all corners of the state. He was a featured character in the 2019 documentary film The River and the Wall and worked on Deep in the Heart, the first blue-chip wildlife documentary ever produced about Texas wildlife. A former river guide, he spent more than five years leading commercial trips on the Rio Grande River and has paddled rivers all over North America. He’s looking forward to the 2022 premiere of Deep in the Heart, which aims to inspire Texans to conserve our remaining wild places, to show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and to recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale.

The filmmaking experiences I’ve had over the last few years have instilled a desire to be more of an advocate for what I love. It all started on the Rio Grande in Big Bend, and I hope I can be a voice and help spread the word about conservation of the wild places we love in Texas.

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