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2nd Annual Salmon Film Festival

Pacific Salmon

With the opening of the commercial salmon season in early May 2012, and after four long years of the closure of the commercial salmon season, this film festival is a real eye opener for the general public about the situation of the decline of the Pacific salmon.

In conjunction with the World’s Largest Salmon BBQ, the 2012 Salmon Film Festival is lining out the films for the upcoming festival and is excited to announce that they have a number of brand new short and feature length films. Currently the films will be held at the Town Hall, Fort Bragg, but hopefully the festival will be held in more than one site this year.

The 2nd Annual Salmon Film Festival will take place in the Fort Bragg Town Hall on Friday, July 6, from 5-10 pm. and Saturday, July 7, from 10 am – 8 pm. The festival is FREE, but seating is by reservation only. To reserve a seat, go to Brown Paper Tickets and sign up for the festival by reserving tickets in one-hour increments. Print out your tickets at home, or have the usher check your name off the list at the door. Arrive at least 5 minutes early: otherwise they will give your seat to another person.

For the 2012 festival, they are in the process of selecting and scheduling around 30 films. There will be short ones, long ones, medium-sized ones, animations, documentaries, and full-length films.

There first set of selections are as follows:


One More Dead Fish (7.50”) – The sleepy town of Woods Harbor, Nova Scotia explodes when six handline fishermen seize a Federal building and barricade themselves inside to fight government regulations which are destroying the environment. This film has moved festival audiences to tears. ( )

Salmonid Restoration Federation 25th Anniversary Video (5.32”) This short music video provides a brief overview of what SRF is all about. Underwater views of fish are combined with views on the importance of this long-standing restoration organization. ( )

Saving Salmon: Restoring a Wetland (4”) Salmon runs have been in decline for more than a century in the Pacific Northwest, but there are signs of hope. In this film, Lewis and Clark NHP, in partnership with Columbia River Estuary Studies Task Force, demonstrate how incredible change can take place by simply removing a tide gate along the south slough at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Open captioned. (

SPAWN Salmon Restoration Work, MLK Day, 2012 (9”) A video about community volunteer workday with the Salmon Protection and Watershed to restore the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. ( 2012.

Year of the River Video Project: White Salmon Restoration (4”) A brief look at the White Salmon River by kayaking/white water guides, and the removal of the Condit Dam which began October 26, 2011. ( with follow-up videos on )




Home for Salmon – a Russian documentary telling the story of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve; illustrating the way of life at the ASR in its magnificent tundra setting and the excitement through fly fishing for the “King of Fish”. (, trailer at

The Return of the Salmon: Restoring the Fish to Rivers and Watersheds (30”) Using rare black-and-white photographs and historic film footage, the video traces how habitat damage, overfishing, unfavorable ocean conditions and other factors helped push the salmon to the brink. It then looks at how individuals, groups and communities are working to reverse that decline through on-the-ground watershed restoration projects in Oregon, Washington and Northern California. (

Salmon: Running the Gauntlet (50”) A detailed look at how the Columbia River Basin lost most of its salmon, and how salmon hatcheries, those very systems set up with the intention of saving salmon are contributing to the species’ devastating decline. ( 2011.

Smokin’ Fish (80“) – a humorous documentary highlighting the personal struggles and humor of a Tlingit man, Cory, as he journeys to his home village of Klukwan, Alaska to catch and smoke salmon using traditional nets and a hand-built smokehouse. ( 2011.




Alexandra’s echo (47”): a personalized story of how a Canadian scientist uncovers a deadly threat to migrating salmon from aquaculture salmon farms established in otherwise pristine waters where she lives. (,’s-echo)

Aquaculture Revolution (16”) Industrial fish farming, “a grand experiment gone horribly wrong,” has significant ecological, economic, and cultural costs. In this film from British Columbia, scientists and First Nations representatives testify to the impacts of salmon aquaculture on wild salmon. (

A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW. (36”) A Simple Question looks at an innovative program that brings together students of all ages, their teachers, community groups and local land-owners in Sonoma County to undertake habitat restoration and preserve endangered species. STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed) is a national model for involving students in hands-on, place-based environmental education (

California’s Lost Salmon (11”) Due to a sharp decline in their numbers, the entire salmon fishing season in the ocean off California and Oregon was canceled in both 2008 and 2009. At no other time in history has this salmon fishery been closed. The species in the most danger is the California coho salmon. KQED-Quest looks at efforts to protect the coho in Northern California and explores the important role salmon play in the native ecosystem. ( ) 2009.

Fishy Business (4”) An animated short film by Food & Water Watch, that describes the concerns associated with industrial aquaculture and genetically engineered salmon. (

The Greatest Migration (20”): Snake River salmon swim more than 900 miles inland and climb almost 7,000 feet to reach their spawning grounds. These iconic fish travel farther and higher than any other salmon on Earth, but a gauntlet of dams blocks their great migration and is pushing these high-altitude salmon to extinction. 2010 release. ( 2010.

Red Gold (54”): Bristol Bay in SE Alaska is at the confluence of the Kvichat and Nushagak rivers, two most prolific sockeye salmon runs in the world. The salmon runs are threatened by proposed open-pit mining operations at the rivers’ headwaters. ( 2010.

River of Renewal: The film follows Jack Kohler, a Yurok/Karuk Indian who grew up in San Francisco, on a journey of self-discovery to learn about the cultural traditions of his people and their struggles to defend tribal rights amidst resource conflicts in the Klamath Basin and Klamath River. (

Salmon Yeggs (6”) 1958. Kidi-friendly animation from Universal Pictures telling the story of how Poppa Bear got salmon for Baby Bear.

Science, Politics, and Salmon (10.5”) A film by SalmonWaterNow discussing the water policy decisions in California leading to the collapse of salmon populations. 2009. Distributed by Salmon Aid.

Something’s Not Right (20”) A film by SalmonWaterNow describing why corporate-friendly water policies in the Central California agricultural region have unnecessarily pitted California farmers against fishermen. 2009.

Wild Salmon in Trouble (6”) Produced by Watershed Watch – Salmon Society, this animated film shows the connections between year-round farmed salmon, the increase of sea lice in the otherwise ecologically balanced waters of British Columbia, and how this threatens wild salmon. ( )

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