Free showing of documentary film ‘Red Gold’ in Edwards Tuesday
Edwards CO, Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Telluride filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel partnered with Alaska Trout Unlimited this past summer and spent 68 days in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. They were following the world’s largest run of sockeye salmon as the fish moved from tidal waters to their natal spawning grounds within the footprint of the largest proposed gold and copper mine in North America. Knight and Rummel documented the tension between native fishermen who oppose the dam and mine officials who say they will build a “clean” mine that will leave the salmon’s habitat untouched. The result, “Red Gold,” premiered at Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in May.
The one-hour documentary film will show at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The event is free.
The film on the proposed Pebble Mine goes beyond the conflict, giving fair voice to commercial, subsistence and sport fishermen, as well as to mine officials. The film has one multiple awards, including Audience Choice at Telluride Mountainfilm, Best of Festival at Ellensburg Film Festival and Cinematic Excellence at Newburyport Documentary Film Festival.
Justin Carr, a local architect, is one of the organizers of the event.
“I feel the movie is a great representation of the potential impact on Bristol Bay and its inhabitants,” Carr said. “It is quick to point out the proposed value of mineral deposits vs. the renewable and sustainable resource that the salmon population represents.”
Carr and other local residents are trying to renew the Eagle Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited, he said. The hope is many people will come to this free event, which, in turn, “will help us in our efforts to renew the chapter here in the valley,” Carr said.
Carr has seen both of Knight and Rummel’s previous films, “The Hatch,” and “Running Down The Man.” Both movies focused primarily on the thrill of catching fish ” trout here in Colorado and Rooster Fish in Baja, Mexico.
“‘Red Gold’ is Felt Soul Media’s first attempt at addressing a larger scale social and conservation issue. Anyone that sees it will recognize not only the quality of the work, but the importance of the movement against the Pebble Mine.”
According to Chris Paine, director of “Who Killed the Electric Car?,” Red Gold is “a stunning film that takes us to an Alaskan wild salmon paradise that we can savor and yes, still possibly save, from a pending eco-disaster in the hands of myopic corporate and government copper miners.”
Read more about the filmmakers at http://www.feltsoulmedia.com.
What: Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited will show award-winning film “Red Gold”
Where: Berry Creek Elementary School, Edwards
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
More information: Visit http://www.feltsoulmedia.com.