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The Definitive List of River Movies

People often tell me that THE MEMORY OF FISH reminds them of A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT. Seeing one movie makes them want to watch the other. It always makes me smile, but it feels like an overly generous compliment to be compared to the 1992 classic. A big word enters my thought bubble when I think of that movie: Redford.

American Rivers has released The Definitive List of River Movies. It's an honor to see THE MEMORY OF FISH on it and in such great company. I'll let you guess the other movies that made the cut and I hope you get the chance to have a river movie marathon soon.

Read the full list here.


Pay it back. Pay it forward.

It feels really good when your work is used to pay it back to people like Tom Karl and pay it forward to the next generation of climate leaders. I think Dick Goin would be proud.

On Saturday, September 9th at 6PM, hundreds of people came to The Collider in Asheville, NC, to watch THE MEMORY OF FISH. The sold-out event raised over $11K for The Collider’s climate internship program. Many thanks to WLOS ABC 13, 103.3 AshevilleFM/Slumber Party on 103.3FM, Asheville Citizen-Times, MountainX, and science writer James Hrynyshyn for generating attention with great TV-radio-press coverage.

The Thomas R. Karl Internship Program was established to develop the next generation of leaders in climate science and services. Created in honor of Tom Karl upon his retirement as Director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, this internship provides semester-long internships for undergraduates seeking to enter this growing field.

The evening was incredible, bringing people together who might not otherwise have been in the same room. The film was projected simultaneously onto three jumbo screens followed by a thoughtful Q+A led by Brett McCall. Every audience member departed with a Chinook Angler’s Pint that Karen and Ret Talbot designed especially for the event. More about these gorgeous Chinook glasses here.

Asheville is known as "Climate City" and my time there was a reminder that good things happen when people come together. Big thanks to The Collider’s staff for the critical work that they do and to Preston Davitt for spearheading this extraordinary event. Extra special thanks go out to sponsors: Hunter Subaru, Preston & Dennis Davitt, Metro Wines, Oskar Blues Brewery, Teague Natural Farms, Whole Foods Greenlife, AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, Deerfield Retirement Community, and the National Parks Conservation Association.

Learn more about The Collider at:

Earth Day x 2

I'm still feeling pretty lucky to have the film at two festivals for Earth Day. On April 22, it was shown at the Roxie Theater for the San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF) and at the Regal Hollywood 27 for the Nashville Film Festival, where it will screen again on April 29th.

Rachel Caplan, head of SFGFF, sent this great review, "It’s Not Easy Being Green: Food Activism at the 2017 SF Green Film Festival." Read the full article here.

Nashville Film Festival featured this fun video. Watch it here.

Thank you for the inspired audiences, San Francisco and Nashville!





A rite of passage

Making a film on the Olympic Peninsula is challenging. Twilight fans, fishermen, and Sasquatch researchers keep you on your toes. It’s an authentic, no BS kind of place where you must earn your keep, especially if you want to make a movie.

Pat Neal is a fishing guide who calls the Hoh River home. He's also a self-proclaimed "wilderness gossip columnist", writing for the Peninsula Daily News and creating hilarious radio shows. More about Pat HERE. I interviewed Pat years ago for the film because he was against the dam removal, and he and Dick had gone head-to-head over the years. Ultimately, the footage wasn't used, which had nothing to do with Pat, but we kept in touch.

Pat came to Peninsula College for our Magic of Cinema screening. I didn't know he was in the house and was going to write about the film. What would he think? What would he say? Here's his review, which feels like a rite of passage. Read the full review here.

What's left of the Glines Canyon Dam (April 9, 2017)

What's left of the Glines Canyon Dam (April 9, 2017)

A Magical Homecoming

I had no idea what to expect when Peninsula College (PC) asked to screen THE MEMORY OF FISH in their Magic of Cinema series, but I couldn't say no. Thanks to the foresight of our very own Emma Jones, PC took a risk and agreed to show the film simultaneously in two venues (Little Theater and Maier Performance Hall). This idea to juggle two venues was a little crazy and had never been done before on campus. Organizations also stepped up. American Rivers, North Olympic Land Trust, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, and Coastal Watershed Institute all sent representatives who set up information booths and joined us on stage for Q+As in both venues. Emma was right and the extra community coordination payed off. The Port Angeles hometown crowd showed up, selling out an unforgettable event.

PC has been a part of this film from the beginning. It was PC Professor Bruce Hattendorf who first introduced me to Emma Jones in 2010. It was PC that hosted the Elwha River Science Symposium September 15-16, 2011, where Dick Goin received a lifetime achievement award and spoke to an anxious crowd counting the hours for the dam removal project to kick off. And, it was in PC's Little Theater in 1983 that Dick Goin gave his legendary plea for the Elwha, the speech that was used throughout the film. Hearing Dick's voice again in the Little Theater was haunting and powerful the magic of cinema, indeed.

Sincere thanks to Kate Reavey, Sean Gomez, and the PC staff for bringing THE MEMORY OF FISH home. The Peninsula Daily News covered the PC Magic of Cinema screening too. Read more about it HERE and HERE.

Behind The Scenes

One fun part of having your film on the festival circuit is getting to share your story too, especially with fellow filmmakers. Making films is hard – really, really, really hard. This film took me six years to make. People often ask, "Why did you make this film? How did you meet Dick Goin? Did you think the river would come back to life when you started the project? And, as a scientist, what inspired you to become a filmmaker?" I'm a fan of Q+As and talking about the storytelling process to find camaraderie in missteps and successes, and to learn big and small lessons for future projects. There's no sense in pretending documentary filmmaking is easy. Many thanks to the San Francisco Green Film Festival for expressing interest in my work and for conducting this interview. Read "Behind The Scenes: Filmmaker Jennifer Galvin" HERE. I'm proud that THE MEMORY OF FISH will screen at the San Francisco Green Film Festival on April 22nd for Earth Day.

After a long day shooting in-on-under the Elwha River.
Photo by the amazing Leah Hemberry Ricketts, Colchuck Media.

We (really) Are Moving Stories

Thank you for the great interview, We Are Moving Stories

We Are Moving Stories embraces voices in drama, documentary, animation, journalism, music video and web-series. And, they proudly support 50%+ women’s participation. I'm thrilled to be a part of this platform for indie film and filmmakers.

Read the full interview HERE

NPR Living Lab Interview

What a great way to honor Dick Goin on what would have been his 85th birthday.
On August 1st, I headed to NPR-WCAI for an interview with Heather Goldstone, science editor and the host of Living Lab.

Read and listen to the piece HERE

Happy birthday, Dick Goin.

A Modern Fishing Journal

Thank you, Amberjack Journal! It was fun to be a featured story on your homepage and social feeds this week.

Amberjack Journal curates the best fishing stories around the world and spotlights the top places to explore for conservation, travel, and guiding. Dick Goin was committed to writing in his fishing journals. Even though they aren't written with pen and paper in spiral-bound notebooks, Dick would have loved the modern stories Amberjack shares and he'd be chuffed to see his story in their journal.

Learn more about Amberjack Journal HERE

Thank you, Seattle!

It was great to have our world premiere at SIFF and show this film first to a home-state crowd. Eleven Goin family members came to SIFF Cinema Uptown for the Memorial Day weekend premiere, including Marie Goin. What an honor!

We were also able to screen the film for 300 9th grade students and teachers at Nathan Hale High School. It's amazing to see the power of Dick's story bridging generations in our audiences.

Steve Reeder at King FM also interviewed our composer Gil Talmi about working on the film. Give it a listen below or on SoundCloud.