Shootout At Sang Run

“The shooting has stopped at Sang Run.”

Tucked into a small article in the American Whitewater Journal, that simple sentence announced the end of a harrowing time for boaters on the Upper Youghiogheny. How had things gotten so bad in the Youghiogheny Valley that people turned to guns to solve the problem? Why wasn’t this article the front page of the magazine? And what finally made the shooting stop?
Shootout at Sang Run explores the build up and resolution to access issues on the Upper Youghiogheny at the end of the 1970’s.

  • Chris Preperato
  • Chris Preperato
  • Roger Zbel
    Key Cast
  • Charlie Walbridge
    Key Cast
  • Jess Whittemore
    Key Cast
  • Tom McEwan
    Key Cast
  • Dan Isbister
    Key Cast
  • Phil Coleman
    Key Cast
  • Bill Kirby
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Action, Adventure, Sports
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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  • Chris Preperato
Director Biography - Chris Preperato

Chris Preperato has been kayaking and making films for the better part of two decades. His first experience boating was in the center of his parents canoe at the age of 10. He began making films in his sophomore year of high school, though many of them, fortunately, no longer exist.

Today, he is the lead video editor at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He earned his BA in Communication Arts from Allegheny College, specializing in Video Production. His most recent project is a History of the Upper Yough; a mixed media long-form narrative project covering the whitewater boating community that grew up around the Youghiogheny River in Maryland. In addition to his most recent work, he has produced a seven-part radio mini-series, and has been accepted into several film festivals for his short documentaries Wide Awake and Michael.

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