Kenai River King

Welcome to "Kenai River King!” A captivating 6-minute documentary that explores the authentic and rugged spirit of my 71-year-old Grandpa John Allen. Set against the majestic backdrop of Alaska, this film delves into the essence of a man who embodies the true spirit of the Last Frontier. Accompany him through his daily life, living on the Kenai River. Where you observe John's love for working on vintage cars, fishing on the iconic Kenai River, and the simple yet meaningful act of chopping wood for a cozy campfire. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the captivating world of John Allen, a man who teaches us that happiness can be found in the simplicity of everyday life.

  • Bentley Allen
  • Bentley Allen
  • Bentley Allen
  • John Allen
    Key Cast
  • Elijah Benjamin
    Assistant Director
  • Christy Zylstra
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Outdoors, Fishing, Nature, Documentary, Student, Shortfilm, Storytelling, Personal Documentary
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 26, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Sun Valley Academy
Director Biography - Bentley Allen

Bentley is a young filmmaker and photographer based in the Sawtooth Mountains, in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. He is excellent at capturing stories through light on various mediums.

Outside of the creative realm; Bentley enjoys skiing down the slopes of the Sawtooths, surfing, biking, fishing, cooking a diverse range of food, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Bentley shoots his films and photos with a timeless flare that will last a lifetime.

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Director Statement

“Life is not all about the big and shiny moments that should be on a postcard. They are about the slow and peaceful moments where life becomes bigger than oneself. Where we get lost in that moment of time. The simple moments, the ones that fly by all too fast. These are the moments I search for, and the ones we need more of.”

- Bentley Allen