Our friends at Felt Soul Media rolled through town recently and left us a copy of the trailer for their next film, “Red Gold.” Anyone who’s even remotely concerned about wild salmon, gold mines, and the tensions in between, should watch this trailer and then wait (expectantly) for the full-length film, due out this spring.
You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll likely be moved to act. Ben Knight and Travis Rummel started Felt Soul as a way to blend their greatest passions: fly fishing, photography, and filmmaking. The two are insanely talented. Over the years their films have evolved from entertaining fish porn to some of the most inspiring short films I’ve seen (see “The Hatch“).
“Red Gold” should be their best yet. Thanks to a commission from Trout Unlimited, the two spent nine weeks this summer shooting in Bristol Bay following, as they describe on their website, “…the world’s largest commercially fished sockeye salmon run as they move to their spawning grounds within the footprint of the largest proposed open pit gold mine in North America.”
“This is our chance, and our honor,” they go on to say, “to highlight this incredible resource in a pristine state and attempt to answer the question ” Which is a more valuable resource: the renewable and sustainable runs of salmon that have enriched local fishermen (sport, commercial and subsistence) for thousands of years or the 90 million ounces of gold that lie in the headwaters of the region?”
Which is more valuable, indeed. There’s much more to do besides simply watching a preview and waiting for a film, but it’s a good first start to get informed. Updates to the project are frequent on Felt Soul’s hilarious and breathtaking blog, The Wire. Links and resources for involvement abound on their site and their blog, and at the very least, we can ALL spread the word. It doesn’t take long to recognize what an atrocity this proposed open pit gold mine would be.
Even us city folk in the Lower 48 could do something about it. Watch the trailer, spread the word, support the film, check in with Trout Unlimited, and if you feel so compelled, get involved.
All photos courtesy of Ben Knight.