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CalTrout 2022 Film Festival
When: December 6th & December 13th @ 6:30pm
Where: Lark Theater – 549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939
Join us for the 1st annual California Trout Film Festival!
The CalTrout Film Festival is a celebration of the complex and meaningful ways that people, water, and fish are intertwined.
We are thrilled to present this brand-new event to you. The Festival’s selection of films focuses on stories about the unique ways people interact with land, how people protect the places they love, and how communities persevere in the face of adversity – with a healthy dose of fishing thrown in.
The CalTrout 2022 Film Festival is spread over two dates Dec. 6th & Dec. 13th, featuring different films at each. The event will be hosted at the art-deco cinema, the Lark Theater, in Larkspur, CA.
Choose to attend one or both of the shows – CalTrout will include a number of shorts about our work at each screening.
Joining us for the panel discussion and Q&A section of the events are Kate Green from Rivers Are Life on the film River of Angels, and Shane Anderson of Swiftwater Films/North Fork Studios on The Lost Salmon.
Purchase raffle tickets to win prizes drawn at the end of the night from CalTrout and sponsors like Hi-Camp Flasks, Lost Coast Outfitters, Patagonia, Yeti, and more.
ABOUT THE FILMS:
MIGHTY WATERS, a film by Cold Collaborative (17m)
“Every island in the Bahamian chain has its own unique character, charm, and draw. One of the most overshadowed just so happens to be one of the smallest – and it is the home of a man whose life-long dedication to justice and equality inspired one of the most significant civil rights leaders in history. Born and raised on the island of Bimini, Ansil Saunders is not only one of the most revered guides in the Bahamas, he’s a bonefish legend in his own right. Unlike the skinny waters that surround his island home, Ansil’s story runs deep.
In the Cold Collaborative film, Mighty Waters, filmmaker Shannon Vandivier set forth with a clear and concise objective: To depict the life and philosophy of a living legend. Ansil’s humble, modest, and unassuming nature kept his story confined for far too long and for this reason, Vandivier felt overwhelmingly compelled to tell it.
Through the lens, the goal of Mighty Waters is to convey Ansil’s powerful message of hope, peace, and humanity in a way that inspires and empowers. It’s a film that takes viewers on an eye-opening journey that proves profoundly positive impacts can come from the smallest, most unassuming places. Mighty Waters brings to life a real-world example of how we can move forward together.”
RIVER OF ANGELS, a film by Rivers are Life (11m)
“With the natural sections loaded with fish, ducks, and other wildlife the LA River is a vital natural habitat that must be protected and revitalized.
“When you’re standing on the LA River, it’s like fishing in any river,” says Lino Jubilado, an LA River fly fisherman. “You’ve got duck swimming around you; you’ve got geese guarding their nests. You can easily mask out all the sound from all the traffic of the freeways and the overpasses.”
Jubilado has been fishing the LA River for over 40 years. Early in the morning, he makes himself a cup of coffee, sits down, and ties flies. Then, he goes to the river.
“Up and down the river, there are natural sections that are just loaded with carp,” says Jubilado. These carp have many nicknames – sewer salmon, gutter grouper, Tijuana trout – but to him, they’re golden nuggets. While many people think of the river as a sewer, Jubilado and other fly fishermen see the beauty in it.” – riversarelife.com
GUARDIANS OF THE RIVER, a film by Shane Anderson (14m)
“In this film, Indigenous leaders share why removing four dams to restore a healthy Klamath River is critical for clean water, food sovereignty and justice.
Guardians of the River features Frankie Joe Myers, Vice Chair of the Yurok Tribe, Sammy Gensaw, director of Ancestral Guard, Barry McCovey, fisheries biologist with the Yurok Tribe, and members of the Ancestral Guard and Klamath Justice Coalition.
Four dams – Copco 1, Copco 2, Iron Gate and JC Boyle — block habitat and have devastated salmon populations. The reservoirs behind the dams encourage growth of algae that is toxic to people, pets and wildlife. Removing the dams will restore salmon access to more than 400 miles of habitat, improve water quality and strengthen local communities that rely on salmon for their food, economy and culture.
Following an agreement signed in November by the Yurok and Karuk tribes, the states of Oregon and California, Berkshire Hathaway and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, dam removal on the Klamath River is scheduled to begin in 2023.
“Without these salmon, our way of life is impossible,” Sammy Gensaw, Yurok tribal member and director, Ancestral Guard, says in the film. “We’ve dedicated years of our lives — our young lives — to give opportunity for the next generation to live on a healthy, dam-free river.” – americanrivers.org
THE LOST SALMON, a film by Shane Anderson (59 min)
“Of all the Pacific Salmon, the spring run of chinook is the most revered. As the first salmon to return home each year, they have always been a sacrament for the oldest civilizations in North America and the keystone of Northwest ecosystems.
Once occupying the most extensive range of any salmon species in the contiguous United States, many genetically unique populations of spring chinook have already been lost. Those that remain face a looming risk of extinction as habitat loss, short-sighted fisheries management, and climate change continue to take a toll on their numbers.
In The Lost Salmon, filmmaker Shane Anderson set out on a two-year journey across Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho to document some of the last wild “springers”, the historical and ongoing causes of their declining numbers, and their profound relationship to the people and places of the Pacific Northwest.
Along the way, Anderson tells the story of a recent scientific breakthrough that provides crucial new insights into salmon genetics and offers an important path forward to help save the king of salmon before they are lost forever.” – swiftwaterfilms.com
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