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I've been remiss with the BLOG and will try to get it back on track! Busy with a new film project with Patagonia and Costa called Finding Fontinalis: Valle de las Horquetas. For now check this out, I know it's old but I shot quite a bit of footage of Pete Caron wearing the new SSC Patagonia waders for this film. Nice edit by Justin Rowe.
Had a chance to host my great friend Brian Bennett this past September on the Kettle River. Brian is the MEAT AND POTATOES behind the only fly fishing website that matters MOLD YCHUM. Bennett an ardent steelheader still managed to introduced himself to several of the Kettle's beautiful rainbow trout over several days of stalking the river in 30 degree Celcius heat. True to form the hoppers produced, but the biggest fish were leader, tippet, line and presentation shy. One chance only as my boy Peerwat " Bobby " Koatakul would say! Check out what Moldy Chum had to say about the whole experience. With apologies to A.D. Above are the results of various effects applied to images of a Kettle River rainbow taken by my friend Travis Lowe on our recent rendezvous north of the border. The Kettle is a beautiful 175-mile tributary of the Columbia that flows back and forth between southeastern British Columbia and northeastern Washington. Being a trib of the Columbia the Kettle at one time supported salmon and other anadromous fish but a couple of giant dams forever put the kibosh on that program. As you can see above what remains are some very beautiful, very wary, rainbow trout. (And rumors of one phantom giant brown trout......perhaps more on that in a future post). LINK
Thai One On (Exclusive Preview) from Cinema Digital Productions on Vimeo. "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. More Later, T>
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. More Later T>
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. Bart Bonime Director of Fishing Patagonia About Patagonia 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.
As part of Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout, I recently spent two weeks in Colorado profiling Shannon Skelton. Shannon is the President and CEO of CFI Global Fisheries Management, a comprehensive fisheries management company based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. CFI specializes in stream restoration and does a lot of spring creek enhancement and restoration. Shannon and CFI were breaking ground on spring creek restoration project outside of Gunnison. They invited me along to see how the project starts and next year I'll go back and see how the project has developed. The idea is to witness first hand the difference the restoration efforts have made to the fishery. While in Colorado, CFI contracted my company Cinema Digital Productions to produce a short corporate film for them and show what CFI is all about. We were fortunate enough to shoot on Ryan Wood's Sweetwood Ranch and Jerry Allen's Fish On Ranch as well as the Round Mountain Ranch with Brian Smith from Hall and Hall Partners. There are a few shots of the spring creek project from outside of Gunnison, however the majority of that footage will be featured in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. These small corporate films are how I fund my larger Spring Creek documentary. Sponsors help but they don't provide ANY cash and trust me you need a shitload of cake to fund a 3 to 4 year film project like Spring Creek. I've been holding out on KICKSTARTER and will continue to try and do so for as long as I can. Thanks again to every one involved. More Later T>
Patrick Markle's art in an issue of Fly Fusion a Canadian Fly Fishing Magazine. The way in which Markle interprets water haunted me. As a big Group Of Seven fan (Tom Thompson came paddlin by.... The Tragically Hip), naturally I gravitated to Patrick's paintings easily as I found his perspective uniquely Canadian. Weeks later I found myself thinking of his painting "Ripples" more and more. So I actually went back to that mag, luckilyfor me local my flyshop still had one, mine was given away days after finding itself in my mailbox (reduce, reuse and recycle...word up FOO!) and I managed to track Patrick down to of all places "Trout Town" Canada, Fernie B.C. Once upon I time I used to pretend to be a guide out of Fernie on the Elk and I know only two types of people live there, Locals and Pow Pow Hounds/Fish Bums. This I thought was fortunate for me as I fully expected Patrick to be dialed in Elk River angler and be slammin the trips full time. When I read his bio I found out he grew up in Fenlon Falls, Ontario, when I was kid I grew up in the same area used to skip school, slam beers and go to Fenlon Falls for kicks. So I fired off an email to Patrick, explained the Spring Creek project a little and begged him to take part in the project. Patrick never replied and I got to say I was bummed out not to hear back. So I sent him another e-mail, seems he was doing his thing completely "off the grid" and to my pleasant surprise was interested in taking part in Spring Creek. A month or so later and I am extremely excited to announce the Patrick Markle will paint the Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout film poster and the first frame from the film. It is the image captured from Milesnick's Spring Creek just outside of Bozeman, Montana and has so far served as the movies poster. Thanks to Patrick for his willingness to paint for this project. It really brings the level of the whole film up and I couldn't be more grateful. Turns out Patrick doesn't fly fish and has been wanting to learn for awhile since a lot of friends are Fernie guides. So the first thing Patrick gets is a fly reel from one of my sponsors, MFC. Check out Patrick's bio below and his website. British Columbia based, contemporary landscape artist Patrick Markle was born and raised in Fenelon Falls, Ontario. He was always within sight of the great outdoors, and developed an appreciation of the Canadian wilderness at an early age. Markle attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and in May 2002, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The artist then decided to move west and now resides in Fernie, BC.A modern artist whose roots lay in the Group of Seven and national icons such as Lawren Harris and A. J. Casson, Patrick appreciates the subtlety of natural world landscapes and the symmetry in his paintings. More Later TI first ran across