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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THE FUTURE | YOUNG GAUCHO

THE FUTURE | YOUNG GAUCHO
Rio Pico, Argentina

Moments after this photo was captured, he raced off to gather a few stray cattle. He isn’t big enough yet to get his feet in the stirrups, he is usually riding his own horse, with no saddle. There are only but a few young men in this small town that will carry on the traditions, this is the future of the Las Pampas gaucho. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph him for a few years now. Each year his skills are progressing and his tasks becoming more important. I hope to see them again this year. This image was shot assignment for an upcoming film Finding Fontinalis.

+ Las Pampas Lodge: http://www.laspampaslodge.com/
+ Patagonia: http://www.patagonia.com/us/fly-fishing
+ Finding Fontinalis: http://www.findingfontinalis.com/

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YETI COOLERS + FINDING FONTINALIS

YETI COOLERS + FINDING FONTINALIS
On location tomorrow,  Western US

Perfect timing! The next few weeks are going to be fun, with multiple production shoots lined up these things are going to come in handy! First up, headed out the door in the morning to meet up with Bart Bonime of Patagonia to finish some work for the “Finding Fontinalis” film.

Thanks for the support YETI

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HEADED TO THE SOUTHERN HEMI

HEADED TO THE SOUTHERN HEMI
Las Pampas, Chubut, Argentina

I had time to drop bags, wash clothes, download cards, charge batteries and repack. I’m headed south to Argentina and over the boarder to Chile. I’m looking forward to linking up with with my old friends and the gauchos. After every return trip I always wish I had more time to experience and explore this region. I feel fortunate that I am able to see just a small glimpse of it all.

This venture has many moving parts including the rivers, lakes, camp, photography and cinematography. Imagery and motion captured here will be used for various outlets including the lodge and for an upcoming work in progress. A conservation film with Travis Lowe titled Finding Fontinalis, showing in 2016. Stay tuned.

+ Las Pampas Lodge – http://www.laspampaslodge.com/
+ Patagonia Fly Fishing – http://www.patagonia.com/us/shop/fly-fishing

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BIG AGNES CATALOG 2015

BIG AGNES CATALOG 2015
Las Pampas, Chubut, Argentina

The Big Agnes dropped the new 2015 catalog and I am grateful to see I was able to sneak one in there. This image brings back such great memories, an expedition I’ll never forget. I can’t believe its been a year already.. and it’s almost time to pack to head back down again!

This image of environmental steward Yvon Chouinard was captured on location during a film expedition to the remote Andes Mountain’s of Argentina for an up coming film conservational film titled Finding Fontinalis. The team was well equipped with the latest in quality and technology with Big Agnes gear and we cold have been more pleased. Thanks BA!

+ Big Agnes –  https://www.bigagnes.com/

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