Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wild Salmon Rising: Two epic stories about the greatest salmon rivers on Earth… and fishing

Save Our Wild Salmon and Wild Salmon Center Present Eastern Rises + The Greatest Migration

On April 14 at 7pm in NE Portland, Save Our Wild Salmon and Wild Salmon Center are teaming up to present Wild Salmon Rising: two epic films about the greatest salmon rivers on earth… and fishing.

In Felt Soul Media’s Eastern Rises, fishing is poetry; Bigfoot lurks in the fog; and fishermen risk life and limb in decommissioned Cold War helicopters to explore rivers that have never been fished. Eastern Rises has won awards including: Best Sport at Banff Mountain Film, Best Film at The Drake Magazine Video Awards, Audience Choice at Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Best Action at Flagstaff Mountain Film.

"Kamchatka is one of the most wild and remote places on Earth and a huge producer of wild salmon in the North Pacific, currently only rivaled by Alaska's Bristol Bay,” said filmmaker Travis Rummel of Felt Soul Media. “The entire Pacific coast of North America used to produce wild salmon in abundance — especially the Columbia/Snake River systems. Sadly you have to travel to the end of Earth to find what was once in our backyards."

While the audience won’t see many salmon in Eastern Rises, the film showcases a wild piece of the world where salmon still return in large numbers and is reminiscent to what the mighty Columbia once was.

Eastern Rises | teaser from felt soul media on Vimeo.

In EP FilmsThe Greatest Migration, follow endangered Snake River salmon as they tackle an incredible journey from Alaska through the Columbia and Snake Rivers to Idaho's wild and rugged Sawtooth Mountains — swimming 1,000 miles inland and nearly 7,000 feet in elevation — farther and climbing higher than any salmon on Earth.

“While filming I spent time fishing with a fisherman from Sitka, crouched on the banks of the Snake with a Nez Perce elder and stalked spawning wild chinook salmon with a fisheries biologist in Idaho — 1,000 miles from the ocean,” said filmmaker Andy Maser of EP films. “After all of that, it was crystal clear that the story we set out to tell was about so much more than a fish. Salmon are an icon. They’re the lifeblood of our communities, culture and environment. Without them, our world looks very different.”

The Greatest Migration Teaser from EP Films on Vimeo.

Historically, 30 million salmon used to feed the Columbia-Snake Rivers, but today, their populations have plummeted to just 1% of those historic numbers — largely due to impacts from the basin’s hydrosystem. Salmon advocates, fishermen, business leaders and conservationists are fighting in court to institute protections on the Columbia-Snake Rivers that would restore wild salmon populations. And the region’s top scientists have identified lower Snake River dam removal as the most effective — if not only — option to recover the Snake River’s legendary salmon runs. The Obama administration has yet to consider that option.

Not wanting to stir up controversy or upset powerful interests, our government has allowed science and innovation to lose out to politics and procrastination,” said renowned Oregon steelhead fishing guide Jeff Hickman. “My job depends on healthy wild salmon and steelhead. To save them, we’ve got to take the lead and push for the removal of the dams that are literally blocking wild salmon and steelhead from their very survival. This fight is far from over. We will not simply sit on the sidelines and allow science and truth to be silenced. We will fight for salmon, for our rivers, for ourselves and for our future.”

Wild salmon are an integral part of our cultures, ecosystems, food security and global economy. To save them, we must protect our best remaining rivers and remove the dams that are literally blocking wild salmon from their very survival.

Join Save Our Wild Salmon and Wild Salmon Center to enjoy an evening of films, Widmer brews, wild smoked salmon, gear giveaways and to take action to save wild salmon in our own backyard!

When: April 14 — Doors at 7pm, Films at 7:30pm

Where: Boothster — 521 NE Davis in Portland

Eastern Rises Teaser: http://vimeo.com/3074182

The Greatest Migration Teaser: http://vimeo.com/15041410

FREE Entry, 21 and over.

$5 gets you a Klean Kanteen steel pint and beer for the night

$5 gets you 3 raffle tickets for great prizes from Osprey Packs, Patagonia, Idylwilde Flies, Rio Products, Sage and more!

All proceeds benefit Save Our Wild Salmon.

No comments: