Saline River documentary to premiere at Pink Tomato Festival


“The Saline”, a documentary film about the Saline River, will premiere at 8 p.m. today in an outdoor film festival being held at the Bradley County Court Square in conjunction with the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.

The film is produced by Fossil HD and is a Rob Reep film. It features a number of personalities from the river region and covers the story of the Saline from the four forks which come together in the central part of the state to the mouth of the river where it meets the Ouachita River in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge.

Viewers will be treated to stories of steamboat days, camping and fishing on the river. They will enjoy learning about places on the river — landings, swimming holes, Camp Mansfield, fords, and the story of a sunken steamboat.

The Saline is the last free-flowing river in the Ouachita basin. The scenery in the film is a spectacular display of Arkansas’s natural beauty. Viewers will hear from the former of governor of Arkansas, who helped to squelch the damming of the river in the 1970s.

From campfire stories to fish tales larger than life, “The Saline” will be entertaining. Redemption stories of baptisms in the waters will lift spirits.

Footage of wild hogs, beaver, deer, and turtles and snakes will awe the nature lover. Bream, crappie, bass, and the occasional gar will cause the fisherman’s heart to jump.

Learn about the Native Americans who used the river as their highway and check out the Saline River Diamonds.

Featured guests in the film are Bernadine Jones, Lavern Rice, John Little, Buddy McCaskill, Ricky West, Sen. David Pryor, Ron Mosely, Gregg Reep, Mayor Bryan Martin and Zach McClendon Jr.