The concept for this event grew out of many years of discussion between CalTrout staff and our network of supporters. We’ve heard many folks express a permeating desire for stories that highlight the ways fish, water, and people are intertwined. The CalTrout Film Fest was our answer.
As many in our community know, we host the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival (IF4) each spring. IF4 films focus fully on the sport of fly-fishing (which we love), but as folks begin to gather more in-person, we wanted to take this opportunity to expand our public events. From concept to inception, the process of curating the selection of films shown for the CalTrout Film Fest was thrilling – we were proud to feature films grappling with the social and environmental issues of our time.
We had a blast bringing this event to life, and are always surprised by the generative energy that we feel when we get the opportunity to gather our wider community for entertainment and shared connection.
The CalTrout Film Festival spanned over two dates, December 6th and December 13th, at the beloved Lark Theater in Larkspur. Both shows had strong attendance, featuring Q&A and panel discussions with the filmmakers and producers following the screenings. All attendees had the chance to participate in the post-film raffle drawings. Folks won prizes from our partners at Lost Coast Outfitters, Patagonia, and many more.
Below, we're pleased to include links to view all the films so that if you missed us, you can watch the films from the comfort of your own home. See you in the spring for the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival (IF4), and see you next fall for the second annual CalTrout Film Festival!
Mighty Waters, a Cold Collaborative film
River of Angels, a Rivers are Life film
Guardians of the River, a Shane Anderson film
A River’s Reach: Source to Sea on the Sacramento River (Full length film not available yet, keep your eye on their website for its coming release).
The Lost Salmon, a Shane Anderson film
Cover Photo: Chris Constantine/Rivers are Life