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!

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

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.

Forests echo with laughter

It's time for a little break from the successful film festival run to bring you some good news about what's happening on the Elwha River. As reported by Lynda Mapes of The Seattle Times, "More sockeye, chinook and bull trout have made it above the former Glines Canyon dam site so far this spawning season than documented in any year since the unprecedented dam-removal project completed on the Elwha River." Read the full article.

Dick Goin told us so. His dream for the Elwha is becoming reality, right before our eyes. His legacy lives on in scientists like George Pess, Sam Brenkman, and Jeff Duda, who all played a role in the making of this film. Dick never told me if he listened to Zeppelin, but he did predict that the forests would echo with laughter once those dams came down.

The Unforgettable Panda Awards

Well, I didn't bring home the coveted Panda Award, but I was deeply honored to be at the 2016 Green Oscars. THE MEMORY OF FISH was nominated for the Best Script Award by the Wildscreen Panda Awards, the highest accolade in the wildlife film and TV industry. The awards ceremony took place on October 13th at Bristol's Colston Hall before a sold out, rocking crowd. THE MEMORY OF FISH was 1 of over 900 entries and then ultimately 1 of 3 films that was nominated as the best script of a wildlife documentary from the past two years. (Yeah, whoa!!) Surrounded by some of the world's finest storytellers, including Sir David Attenborough, this achievement was unforgettable. Not to mention, I got to share the evening with my mom and that's a prize in itself. Congratulations, again and always, to my phenomenal writing and editing partners, Erin Barnett and Fernanda Rossi. Brava, ladies!

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.

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.

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



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.

Soundtrack Release

Excited to announce that the film's soundtrack is now available!

This electro-acoustic underwater journey by composer Gil Talmi features two Moog Mother-32 modular synths, a mandolin, lots of lush reverbs, and otherworldly sound design by Gisela Fulla Silvestre. An interview about our generative collaboration in sound-music-film to merge the sonic worlds of man, nature, and memory will be available soon too.

Buy the soundtrack on iTunes:





Ghosts and Tiny Treasures

Working on the sound of a film is an incredible experience. Sound designer/engineer Gisela Fulla-Silvestre is a maestro in bringing us in-on-under the Elwha River as she moves the story sounds all around us. Listening to Dick’s lines over and over and over again in the studio is a powerful motivation to do his voice justice. Every word is a tiny treasure. Soon after finishing the film’s sound mix, we found an article that hit home. Biologist Bryan Pfeiffer writes about the need to cultivate a chronic passion for the natural world and better understand what's being lost. Read the article here.

Gisela works on the final sound mix in Brooklyn, NY.