SALMON FILM FESTIVAL Ft. Bragg Town Hall July 1 & 2, 2011

The first-ever Salmon Film Festival, co-sponsored by the Salmon Restoration Association, the City of Fort Bragg, and the North Coast Brewing Company, takes place July 1st and 2nd in Ft. Bragg Town Hall.

The Salmon Film Festival is held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Salmon Barbeque in the Noyo Harbor, a major fundraising event held by the Salmon Restoration Association to support local salmon education and conservation programs. The barbeque, billed as the World’s Largest Salmon Barbeque, feeds thousands of salmon fans who flock to Noyo Harbor in Ft. Bragg, Mendocino County.

The Salmon Film Festival will show films focusing on salmon culture, ecology, and conservation. Thirty short and feature-length films will show community-based restoration projects and dam removals, Native American connections to salmon, the dangers of farmed salmon, and beautiful footage of salmon ecology throughout the Pacific Northwest. The film website is:

The first day of the festival is timed to coincide with the City of Ft. Bragg’s monthly “First Friday” downtown art walk, and runs from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

The second day of the festival, scheduled to run from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, occurs simultaneously with the Salmon Barbeque, and is timed to allow barbeque attendees plenty of time to enjoy their salmon meal and still catch plenty of films.

The more popular films will be featured on both days of the festival, allowing potential film-watchers more scheduling flexibility.

Filmmakers, educators, scientists and local experts will accompany the films and lead the audience in question and answer sessions.

The festival is FREE, but seating will be limited, so we encourage you to reserve a spot early! Advance reservations are available



The Salmon Film Festival will feature 30 films about salmon biology/ecology, salmon culture, and salmon conservation and restoration. Films to be shown at the festival include:

Short Films

A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW (36”) This film looks at an innovative program that brings together students of all ages, their teachers, community groups and local land-owners 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. Winner of Best Educational Documentary at the Mammoth Mountain Film Festival. Learn More

Bringing Back the Salmon: Bypassing Dams to Restore Snake River Salmon (21”) A historical perspective on past and current salmon populations, the impacts of dams, “techno-fixes” that didn’t work, and the potential risks of losing salmon forever. People across the region are working to remove Snake River dams so that the Snake River salmon may once again thrive. Learn More

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. Learn More

Calling Back the Salmon Ceremony (5”) A slide show about the annual effort by the Tsi Akim Maidu to bring back salmon to the South Yuba River.Learn More

Carpa Diem (2”) An apartment. Bedtime. A little girl lovingly watches a fish swimming in an aquarium, while her younger brother is playing in the bathroom, listening to music and letting the water run in the sink. A waste of water that could turn into tragedy…

Copper Salmon: A Call for Wilderness (11”) The Elk River in Southwest Oregon is home to populations wild salmon and trout that are nearly extinct. The video highlights influential community members speaking for the need to protect the Copper Salmon and conveys the urgent need for headwaters protection. Learn More

Dancing Salmon Home (15”) A documentary, still in the making, to chronicle the Winnemem Wintu’s journey to New Zealand and their connections with the local Maori tribes, in their effort to bring New Zealand’s McCloud salmon back home to Northern California. Learn More

Farmed Salmon Exposed: The Global Reach of the Norwegian Salmon Farming Industry (23”) The film takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the countries in which open net cage salmon farms dump their waste, toxins, parasites, and diseases directly into the surrounding marine environment, taking a heavy toll on wild fish and the ecosystems, indigenous and coastal communities that depend on them. Learn More

FrankenFish: Genetically Farmed Salmon (6”) A news brief by RT America about concerns  relating to genetically modified salmon under development by AquaBounty Technologies.  Learn More

Getting it Done: Salmon Recovery in Chelan County (11”) Historic footage, aerial photographs and project videos were used to summarize the accomplishments of fish habitat restoration efforts in Chelan County, Washington, along the Upper Columbia River. Winner of a 2010 EcoTrust watershed restoration film competition. Learn More

Life Cycle of Salmon (5”) From the MarineBio Video Library, the mostly underwater film begins with reds, and continues through to sack fry, fingerlings, out-migration, smolting, schooling, The film discusses why clean, healthy waterways are essential to salmon reproduction. Learn More

No Fish No Fishermen (6”) A film by SalmonWaterNow discussing what happens when we lose our fisheries due to water habitat loss in California.Learn More

Off-Road Vehicles PSA (8”) This Public Service Announcement was created by a local Noyo Watershed consortium to show the damage of off-road vehicles to salmon habitat, and to promote alternatives.

SalmonsKin (11”) This short film was created for the 2009 Fisher Poets gathering in Astoria, Oregon. It features all five species of wild salmon found in the Pacific Northwest, plus steelhead. Geographically, this film spans the entire length of the temperate rainforest, from Kodiak, Alaska to the middle fork of the Eel River. Learn More

Salmon Perspectives (4″) Underwater footage of Butte Creek Spring Run Chinook salmon. Imagery overlaid with music and rolling text describing the salmon life cycle. Learn More

Salmon Rap (3”) An excellent, substantive rap song about ecological issues facing the salmon. Learn More

Save Our Salmon (5”) A discussion of the causes of salmon decline and actions by The Bay Institute in bringing back portions of the San Joaquin river and regional wetlands. Learn More

Save Wild Salmon (3.5”) This new Stewardship Partners video by filmmaker Donovan Greene beautifully captures the Salmon-Safe program featuring Oxbow Center & Organic Farm, Novelty Hill-Januik Winery, Salmon-Safe certified Oregon hop grower Goschie Farms of Silverton, Oregon, and Deschutes Brewery, brewer of Green Lakes Organic Ale, the first beer sourced from Salmon-Safe hops. Learn More

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

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. Learn More

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. Learn More

The Majestic Plastic Bag (4”) A brilliant tongue-in-cheek “nature” documentary following the terrestrial and aquatic migration of a single plastic bag narrated by Jeremy Irons. It was produced by Heal The Bay as promo in support of California bill AB 1998 to help put an end plastic pollution.Learn More

The Problem with Salmon Farming in BC (6”) A brief overview of the ecological concerns with salmon aquaculture and the increase of sea lice and environmental toxins in otherwise pristine estuaries and fjords in British Columbia, Canada. Learn More

The Power of Partnership (13”) The video tells the story of a unique group of collaborators engaged in a grassroots effort to restore salmon and steelhead. The Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board (UCSRB) addresses salmon recovery through locally based efforts that include public involvement and the integration of sound scientific information. Learn More

Tracing the Insanity of Farmed Salmon (3”) Produced by Food & Water Watch, “Tracing the Truth,” begins with a restaurant patron about to enjoy a piece of salmon. The video follows a backwards path, setting out on a journey in reverse to show viewers the true origins of this piece of salmon: fishmeal. The journey follows the salmon from the plate, to the kitchen, then to the delivery truck and back to the salmon farm where the salmon swims in the company of thousands of other salmon in a concentrated area, along with fecal matter, and potentially antibiotics, pesticides and fungicides, which can be common in fish farms. Learn More

The Winnemem Way of Life – Water (8”) The Winnemem Wintu of Northern California testify about their struggles to maintain their traditional responsibility to protect water and all life against great odds after the Shasta Dam drowned their homeland. Learn More

Feature-Length Films

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. Learn More

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. Learn More

River of Renewal (60”) tells the story of conflict over the resources of California and Oregon’s Klamath Basin. 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 modern-day struggles to defend tribal rights and the Klamath River. Learn More

Shadow of the Salmon (44”) Shadow of the Salmon, produced by 360 Productions, the Northwest Straits Commission, Salmon Defense, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and the Potlatch Foundation, will introduce Cody Ohitika–a 15 year old boy from Pine Ridge who comes to visit the Coastal Salish part of his family for the summer. In that summer he learns about life in the Pacific Northwest, experiencing a First Salmon Ceremony and Canoe Journey. He learns about the environment and salmon management from his Uncle Ray and Aunt Fran and the tribal elders and ultimately helps respond to a tragic oil spill in the river. Learn More

Drawing: Timothy Knepp, courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Digital Library.
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