Made by documentary filmmaker Robert Charlton, the 1969 film includes aerial photography and ambient sound, as well as a terrific bluegrass score by Northwest musicians Ron Brentano and Mike Russo. It also includes a fascinating time-lapse sequence of the building of the Celilo Converter Station, the northern terminus of the intertie in The Dalles, Ore.
BPA entered “Intertie” into film festivals all over the world. It won eight awards, including the coveted Diploma of Excellence at the Venice International Film Festival and the Golden Eagle at the Council on International Non-Theatrical Events. The digital transfer was made from a 1990s video master, which retains the true colors of the original.
In 2016, BPA upgraded the BPA-owned portion of the transmission line, which runs 265 miles from The Dalles, Ore., to the Nevada/Oregon border.