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On Tour For American Rivers

I am proud to announce that THE MEMORY OF FISH will be on a Pacific Northwest film tour to support American Rivers!

THE MEMORY OF FISH film tour aims to inspire communities near rivers at risk, encourage people to engage in political action and citizen science, and equip the audience to support American Rivers, whether through financial donation, service, or volunteering. 

All film tour proceeds directly benefit American Rivers’ work in the Puget Sound-Columbia Basin. Tickets are now available HERE. 

Tour stops include:
10/25 PORTLAND: Clinton Street Theater
10/26 SEATTLE: Northwest Film Forum
11/8     BELLINGHAM: Pickford Film Center
11/9     SPOKANE: Magic Lantern on Main
11/11     OLYMPIA: Capitol Theater

Find out more on THE MEMORY OF FISH Facebook page under Events.

Extra special thanks to graphic designer Begonia Lopez for creating our awesome tour poster.

Rivers connect us. I hope to see you on tour!

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Hat tip, Sydney!

What a wonderful honor to be awarded BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM at the Sydney Indie Film Festival. Thank you to the film festival jury and staff. I first traveled to Sydney in 1993 for a study abroad program at UNSW, which included working on the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island. Spending time as a young woman studying marine science in-on-under these waters was inspiring to say the least. I only wish I could have attended the Sydney Indie Film Festival this year, but I had a good excuse: I was rowing around the island of Manhattan to raise money for Rocking the Boat. (I like islands). As a scientist and a filmmaker, Australia has had a big impact on my life, so this award has great sentimental value. Hat tip, Sydney!

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:

Swimming to Big Sky Country

I was thrilled when American Fisheries Society (AFS) asked to screen THE MEMORY OF FISH at their 2017 Western Division Meeting: “Change and Continuity: Celebrating 50 years of Fisheries in the West.”

The mission of AFS is “to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.” Learn more about AFS.

With US environmental policies under review and a lot of hard work ahead, I'm proud that AFS chose to inspire their members by screening THE MEMORY OF FISH. Congratulations to the Western Division of AFS on 50 years of advancing science and protecting fisheries and aquatic resources.



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 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.

Opening Night at Picture Farm

Elwha to the East River! What an honor to be chosen as the opening night film on Friday, March 24th at Picture Farm Film Festival. I was especially excited about this opportunity because it meant that I could finally share the film with NY family and friends. Seeing that the film was made only about one mile away in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, screening at Picture Farm to a sold out crowd turned into a pretty special reunion for my team. The film was also able to shine a light on the work of American Rivers and inspire the audience to support them. Friday was a great night. And, it was sponsored by PBR, so the beer was flowing too.

On Sunday, I returned to the festival to moderate a Q+A panel for the environmental short films program, "Our Earth Like Never Before." The lineup included Being Hear (in attendance: director Matt Mikkelsen), Forget Shorter Showers, EDDI (in attendance: three of the Samsung "Makers Against Drought Challenge" winners), Into the Streets, and Disobedience (in attendance: director Kelly Nyks). This grouping of films and filmmakers reminded me to cut through the noise in the environmental arena by better using tools of listening, disrupting, innovating and, storytelling.

Big thanks to Picture Farm for providing a meaningful platform for independent films and filmmakers.

March with Yo-Yo Ma

I'm looking forward to bringing THE MEMORY OF FISH back to the Cape this weekend. It's especially fun to see my film playing with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Landfill Harmonic in the Woods Hole Film Festival's Film Falmouth Series. Quite a screening lineup for March!

If you're near Cape Cod this weekend, join me at Falmouth Academy at 7PM on Saturday, March 18th. More information and tickets HERE.

O Canada!

I'm headed to Vancouver this week for Salt Spring Film Festival. I haven't been to British Columbia for many years (my last trip may have involved a Vanagon and a BC/DC show...) and I can't wait to return. Salt Spring Film Festival is a true indie festival with an activist spirit. The lineup of films this year is incredible, including Tickling Giants by my friend Sara Taksler. I've heard great things about this festival from fellow filmmakers, which counts for a lot. And, Salt Spring Island looks beautiful. If you're looking for an excuse to come to BC, this weekend is the time to do it! More box office and ticket info HERE

Photo: Marie Goin



Kicking off 2017

Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to kicking off 2017 at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA. Wild & Scenic is celebrating their 15th anniversary and I'm proud that THE MEMORY OF FISH will be there.

The film is screening on Saturday, January 14th and Sunday, January 15th. More information about the festival and how to purchase tickets on the WATCH page as well as HERE. Hope to see you in Nevada City!

Honored by an ocean festival

Thank you for the Honorable Mention, BLUE Ocean Film Festival. It's great to know that a film like this one has a home at an ocean conservation event. I hope it reminds viewers why keeping oceans and rivers connected is so important and how persistence and observation pay off. If you need some inspiration after an exhausting election week, head over to the Muvico Sundial Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL, on Sunday, November 13th at 1pm. 

Houseboats bring good luck

Thank you, Gig Harbor Film Festival! It was a great honor to win the award for Best Feature with such an incredible slate of independent films, both narrative and documentary. You can check out GHFF's full program here. Producer Emma Jones and I loved screening at the Galaxy Theatre -- the screen, the sound, and the seats were phenomenal. We were inspired by this festival's films and we made many new friends in what might be the ultimate film festival location (having a houseboat to stay on for three nights helped too). After the festival, we hit the road back to Port Angeles to share our award with Marie Goin. Seeing Marie was the perfect ending to our awesome weekend at Gig Harbor.

Making a splash in Arkansas

I had a great time at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF). The city of Hot Springs is a gem and look at this lineup of films! This is the kind of festival that inspires me to make another documentary if only to have a film to bring back here to screen. Thank you for rolling out the red carpet for THE MEMORY OF FISH, HSDFF! I hope to have more films for you in the future.

It's gettin' HOT in here

Next week, I’m bringing THE MEMORY OF FISH to the oldest non-fiction festival in North America – Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. I've always wanted to go to this festival and am thrilled that I'll be at HSDFF to celebrate their 25th anniversary. THE MEMORY OF FISH is up for the award 'Best of Environmental Stories' and I’m up for a trip to Arkansas. Hope to see you there!

Check schedule HERE
Purchase tickets HERE

Two, if by sea

What an incredible honor to earn not one, but two awards at the Woods Hole Film Festival. The film received Best Cinematography and Audience Award: 1st Runner-up Best Feature Documentary. I guess Longfellow's words can be applied to film festival award ceremonies too: Two, if by sea! Thank you to the Woods Hole Film Festival and their inspired audience for recognizing THE MEMORY OF FISH. I only hope to have more films to bring to Woods Hole in the future.

Green Oscars, Here We Come!

I wish Dick Goin and David Attenborough could have met. But, in some ways they will very soon.

Thrilled to announce that THE MEMORY OF FISH is a Wildscreen Panda Award nominee – the highest accolade in the wildlife film and TV industry, dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’. What an incredible honor. Check out the full list of nominations HERE. You will find us in the Script Award category. Congratulations to our team and to all Panda Award nominees. See you in Bristol!

Panda Awards tickets:

More about Wildscreen Festival HERE