“Thai One On” debuted last night in Denver. Both shows of the F3T’s first stop on the tour were completely sold out. Mark Hime over at www.ariverneversleeps.com is the first to review the film. Check out what Mark has to say here.
Always give credit where credit is due. And so I have to thank Dr. Zeb Hogan host of Nat Geo’s Monster Fish. Zeb graciously donated one incredible underwater shot of endangered Golden Mahseer to my film “Thai One On”. I first stumbled across this footage while doing Mahseer research for the film. I immediately contacted Zeb and explained to him what I was doing with “Thai One On” and asked if he would mind donating some of that footage to the film. Zeb, class act that he is, immediately agreed and asked for nothing in return. If you don’t know who Dr. Zeb Hogan is, you should. Check out this video below.
Keep up the great work Zeb and thanks. Let me know when you would like that tour of the Mae Ngao.
It’s 2013 and that means it’s time for a new film tour. This year’s F3T Film Festival features my film “Thai One On”. Check out www.thef3t.com for this year’s schedule. Last year the F3T played 140 dates across North America. This year it promises to be bigger and better. The Kelowna, BC show goes Saturday March 16th and doors open at 6pm.
Finished up a shoot for Patagonia over the weekend for their new wader product video and it got me thinking. Everyday time you step into a river to fish you are taking your life into your own hands. One slip can literally mean life and death. It’s no joke. Most of us just try not to think about it too much or we wouldn’t be out there. At 6’5″ and 255 …. I’m a big wader when I want to be. I’m not steelhead stupid though like I used to be when I was younger. I figure if a fish is out beyond my reach and it’s the difference between me going home to my family or taking one more step out beyond my wading ability, I’ll leave that fish alone.
These days though, my main problem is I’m always wading out there with 5G’s worth of camera gear in my hands. One slip and it’s an awfully expensive swim and I’ve already soaked one Canon 7D.
I figure if you’re not drowning a camera you’re not making flyfishing films. However one dead camera is enough. And that’s where Patagonia’s aluminium bar boots come in. Nothing sticks like the soft aluminium of the bar boots. I’ve spent one season in them now and everytime I wear them I’m confident I am NOT going to slip. This summer on a shoot in Wyoming, I stepped out up out of the river on to a giant wet boulder that was at a 45 degree angle. As soon as I put weight on that one foot on the rock I thought this is it, I’m going back into the river backwards with my Canon 5D MKII, to my suprise the soft aluminum bars grabbed the rock and I stuck to it like my foot was glued to it. This fall climbing down in to the canyon on the Bulkley I thought for sure I was going to fall flat on my face and wipe out several others below me with all my gear. Mark Harbaugh the Fly Fishing Sales Manager for Patagonia told me the trick to the boot was instead of turning my foot sideways as we would all do on a descent, to keep it pointed faceing straight down to allow the bars to grab the steep wet trail. It was almost impossible to do at first but after awhile I slowly changed the way I walked in the boots and I never slipped down that trail. Just over the weekend I was shooting again for Patagonia in a canyon section of my homewaters the Kettle River. A light dusting of snow made the canyon a pretty treacherous place to shoot and walk. I was running around with a steadicam not really watching too closely wear my footing was, I was more concerned with loooking in the viewfinder and getting the shot right the first time and getting the hell out of there. At one time I found myself looking down over the edge of the canyon into the river some 90 feet below and thinking, wow I’m probably going to fall here and die, that’s shitty… but this shot is cool! Anyway I didn’t fall and for one reason, the Patagonia bar boots. They grabbed the crumbling rock beneath me and I stuck right to it. I got the shot and got the hell out of there.
Now I’m not saying the Patagonia bar boots will ensure that you never slip and fall again. And for sure they are not cheap. But for me, the bar boots are the best traction on the market for wading boots out there and you can’t put a price on going home to your family.
Pete Caron and I ventured down into the canyon yesterday to shoot some raw footage for Patagonia of their new 2013 Rio Gallegos Waders featuring SST (single seam) Technology. Unfortunately the heavy rain never let up and we were unable to shoot. Our SST jackets kept us dry but the intricate shots planned for the shoot required some dryer weather.
MFC’s QC Manager Kris Keller gets a steal of a deal on Khao San road in Bangkok.
For $6 Keller gets a fake F3T hat, on Khao San road counterfeit is king.
From the upcoming 2013 F3T Film “Thai One On”
About THAI ONE ON
Deep in the pristine jungle of northern Thailand lies the River of Reflection. Named for it’s crystal clear water, the river is home to the legendary Mahseer. A species first prized by British anglers in the days of the Raj for its phenomenal fight. Filmmaker Travis Lowe follows three anglers as they work with local Karen villagers to protect the entire 60km length of the river. Hoping to open up the River of Reflection as a world class destination fishery. And in the process, help bring desperately needed money to the cash starved Karen villagers. A feat that may require a witch doctor, a spirit curse and quite possibly the introduction of some sort of fish aquaculture. But every Thai odyssey begins and ends in Bangkok, the City of Life. And like Adam Trina says “the ‘Kok’s a cruel mistress and if you don’t treat her right, you’re in for a big surprise when you lift up that skirt”.
Thai One On is coming in 2013 to F3T. A Cinema Digital Production and a Travis Lowe film.
Haven’t had time to sleep and won’t until about mid December. Busy finishing THAI ONE ON for the upcoming 2013 F3T Film Festival. Got some great news today, not really news but an official announcement. Patagonia has signed on to be one of the primary sponsors for THAI ONE ON. I’ve been working closely with Patagonia for a couple of years now since starting initial shooting for SPRING CREEK: RANCHERS, ANGLERS, WATER AND TROUT. Everyone from Yvon Chouinard down has been extremely helpful and supportive of my projects. There is no better company to work with then Patagonia.
Patagonia is pleased to be involved with Cinema Digital Productions and Travis Lowe projects as a primary sponsor. Travis is a superb film maker who has an uncanny ability to entertain his audience in a rich and educational way. His deep concern for protecting the environment and his ability to bring these important issues to light is a critical component to his craft and Patagonia’s commitment to supporting his films.
Director of Fishing
Patagonia, Inc., based in Ventura, California, is a leading designer of core outdoor, fish and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories. With sales last year of $540M, the company is noted internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $47.5M in cash and in-kind donations to date. Incorporating environmental responsibility into product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line. Committed to making its products landfill-free, the company’s entire product line is recyclable thorough its Common Threads Initiative. The company also advocates corporate transparency through its interactive website, The Footprint Chronicles, which outlines the environmental and social footprint of individual products. Patagonia was featured as The Coolest Company on the Planet on Fortune Magazine’s April 2007 cover.
About THAI ONE ON
Deep in the pristine jungle of northern Thailand lies the River of Reflection. Named for it’s crystal clear water, the river is home to the legendary Mahseer. A species first prized by British anglers in the days of the Raj for its phenomenal fight. Filmmaker Travis Lowe follows three anglers from Montana Fly Company as they work with local Karen villagers to protect the entire 60km length of the river. Hoping to open up the River of Reflection as a world class destination fishery. And in the process, help bring desperately needed money to the cash starved Karen villagers. A feat that may require a witch doctor, a spirit curse and quite possibly the introduction of some sort of fish aquaculture. But every Thai odyssey begins and ends in Bangkok, the City of Life. And like Adam Trina says “the ‘Kok’s a cruel mistress and if you don’t treat her right, you’re in for a big surprise when you lift up that skirt”.
Currently in production, Thai One On is coming in 2013 to F3T. Provided we make it out of Bangkok alive. A Cinema Digital Production and a Travis Lowe film.