FINDING FONTINALIS | 40th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE FILM FESTIVAL

The Roxy Theater || Missoula, Montana
April 15, 2017

I’m very pleased our little film was selected, and played, at the 40th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival yesterday at The Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana! The IWFF is an annual wildlife and conservation themed film festival held each April. The event draws in hundreds of filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts. Housed at The Roxy Theater, Missoula’s historic independent arthouse theater. This international event is one of the largest and most diverse audiences in the region, with 6,000 attendees and 2,000 students.

It’s an honor to be among the other great films and film makers, its a stacked line-up. Great job team!

+ International Wildlife Film Festival: http://wildlifefilms.org/
+ The Roxy Theater: http://www.theroxytheater.org/
+ Finding Fontinalis: http://www.findingfontinalis.com/




 

FINDING FONTINALIS: FEATURE-LENGTH RELEASE

Patagonia and friends release feature-length film, Finding Fontinalis, for local grassroots fundraising efforts: Conservation message at the heart of inspirational documentary about one of the oldest fishing world records on the books.

 

 

VENTURA, California, (February 20, 2017)—Patagonia and co-sponsors Far Bank Enterprises, Yeti and Costa today announced the release of the feature-length downloadable version of Finding Fontinalis. A 70-minute feature film by Travis Lowe, Finding Fontinalis explores how the search for a new world record brook trout in Argentina ultimately leads the anglers involved on a mission to conserve and protect much more than just the fish itself.

Shot over a nearly four-year span on location in Canada, Argentina, Montana, California and Florida, Finding Fontinalis is the brainchild of angler and filmmaker Travis Lowe. A short festival-length cut was first released to great audience acclaim at fly fishing film tour screenings in the spring of 2016; the full-length feature now brings the incredible full story and its accessible conservation message to a broader audience.

The film is available to be screened in local markets globally to fly fishing dealers, grassroots conservation groups, and individuals.

Finding Fontinalis —Film Background

In the summer of 1915, John William Cook disappeared into the vast boreal forests of northern Ontario, emerging seven days later with a 14.5-pound brook trout from the Nipigon River—the largest the world had ever seen. But the record was almost immediately embroiled in controversy: Some said Cook didn’t take the fish on the fly, some said it was one of Cook’s native guides who caught the fish, some even said it was no brook trout at all. Nevertheless, the record persisted.

One hundred years later, three anglers—fueled by an old gaucho’s tale that told of “el lugar con el pescado rojo grande,” the place with the big red fish—descend upon the Chubut province of Argentina in search of giant brook trout that are no longer found in their native North American range due to habitat loss and degradation.

Photographer Bryan Gregson; Patagonia’s Director of Fishing Bart Bonime; and environmentalist, angler, and founder of Patagonia Yvon Chouinard follow Agustin Fox, the charismatic and hardworking owner of Las Pampas Lodge, into an uncharted watershed to chase down the rumors. It is there that Fox shares his vision for something much greater than a new world record: the protection of not only the fish but the land, water and culture that surround it.

For screening information please visit www.findingfontinalis.com

For more information, contact Travis Lowe: t-lowe@shaw.ca


 

FINDING FONTINALIS: IN THE PAPER, CAPITOL NEWS

CAPITOL NEWS KELOWNA BC | FINDING FONTINALIS
Travis Lowe Interview

Its really great to see these images from Finding Fontinalis make it onto the front page of the Capital Newspaper in the Kelowna, BC today. Filmmaker Travis Lowe talks film and conservation, it’s a great read.

+ Finding Fontinalis takes on conservation for Kelowna filmmaker: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/396315881.htmlng

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BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAITS

BLACK AND WHITE PORTRAITS
Candid Portraits

I’ve been fortunate to meet and photograph people from all different walks of life. Portraiture is not my strong suit but I enjoy attempting to capture people in their free unaltered moments.

1. Larry Keel – Last Chance, Idaho
2. Antonio of Asunta Village – Amazon Jungle, Bolivia
3. Rick Matney – Wrangell, Alaska
4. Rene Harrop – Henry’s Fork River, Idaho
4. Eric Grinnell – Bow River, Alberta, Canada
5. River Buddies participant
6. Pat Gaffney – Madison River, Montana

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Road Trip Canada | Day One | Fire & Ice

OH CANADA!!… You sure do make the best candy bar!

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FIRE

What started as a small grass fire, exploded into an enormous fast-moving inferno headed straight for town. We traveled into the large black line of smoke that crossed the highway.

A few hours later we heard on the radio the little town where we ate lunch is under a state of emergency, evacuations are underway and all highway traffic was shut down.

Link: http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/alerts/2012/09/1210.html

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Shortly after driving through the black smoke of death, we unfortunately saw another fiery hell. A roadside house engulfed in flames with no chance of saving the house.

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ICE

Scenery changes as elevation rises. Large walls of granite slabs line the gigantic passageway to Banff and British Columbia. Leaves are changing and Mother Nature has already dusted the peaks with snow.

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Bonus: Diner | Legends: time to eat

Crazy comfortable joint – Breakfast for dinner: recommend the corn beef hash and eggs.

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Headed North | Yellow Dog Fishing Adventures Canada

Idaho to BC

 

Canada, here I come!

I’m currently packing my bags for the great white North, Canada!… although I hope its not actually white.

I will be on location with Yellow Dog Fishing for the next 18 days or so. Fish junkie and YD liaison Shaun Lawson and I will driving cross-country to Terrace British Columbia right out of the gate and winding our way through the vast countryside vising lodges, anglers and rivers along the way. The task for me is to capture imagery for catalog and marketing use: lodges, lifestyle and fishing.

I’m going to try and post images of the daily routine, behind the scenes, and all the interesting things which we will certainly encounter.

 

 

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About the Company

The unique thing about Yellow Dog Adventure Travel is they actually go to the lodge, inspect the amenities, build relationships with the staff, eat the food, participate in the activities and of course, go fishing. When most travel companies just a book trips to whomever will pay them fees to turn a buck, these guys actually take the time to personally visit outfitters and lodges to get a hands on view of what they are potential standing behind. It is a great piece of mind knowing he fishing adventures they provide have all the kinks worked out be it traveling to the jungle to knowing what hatch selection their customers need for a rocky mountain spring creek.

If your thinking about booking a trip and just don’t know where to go, do yourself a favor and check out the extensive Yellow Dog website.

Yellow Dog Fishing Adventures| http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/