FINDING FONTINALIS WINS BEST CONSERVATION FILM Drake Magazine Video Awards: ICAST/IFTD
I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Finding Fontinalis took home the Best Conservation Film award at The Drake Magazine Video Awards! Big congrats to the entire team — all of whom worked hard on this project. I can’t post this without giving thanks to all the sponsors, lodges, guides, writers, filmers, artists, and volunteers for believing in and supporting this very important project over the years. Without all of you, this film would not have been possible.
The Drake Video Awards is always a great night of friends, films, drinks, and food. Great job to the Drake Mag team, and thanks for always entertaining us year after year. If you haven’t been to the Drake Video Awards yet, make sure to attend the show next year in Orlando!
+ Drake Magazine Film Awards: http://www.drakemag.com/video-awards.html
Finding Fontinalis is available for purchase/download!
You can now enjoy the highly anticipated full-length feature film at your leisure.
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Finding Fontinals is now available for purchase! You can now enjoy the highly anticipated full-length feature film at your leisure. Order a copy today!
“An old gaucho’s tale inspired the search for a new world-record brook trout; but the water, landscape and the culture surrounding it became the impetus to conserve and protect it all. Finding Fontinalis features magnificent hook jawed brook trout and incredible jaw dropping landscapes. Finding Fontinalis is the new film from Patagonia and acclaimed fly fishing filmmaker Travis Lowe, starring Agustin Fox and Bart Bonime with Bryan Gregson and featuring iconic environmentalist Yvon Chouinard. “
“an intriguing and engaging story…” TOM BIE – THE DRAKE MAGAZINE
“a beautiful and important film which should resonate with everyone who loves the outdoors”
HUEY LEWIS – ROCK ICON
“The film is incredible. This is the kind of story-telling that all fly-fishing film should aspire to”.
ROSS PURNELL – FLY FISHERMAN MAGAZINE
“An exemplary piece of fly fishing cinema…”
STEVE DUDA – THE FLYFISH JOURNAL
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!
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.
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.
The new Patagonia Fish workbook for the Fall 2017 line-up is hot off the press and in the hands of dealers and reps. I was blown away to see my good friend Augustine Fox on the cover. I think it captures nicely the very essence of Agustin (Oggy) Fox, Argentina, and the Patagonia brand. it was a memorable day! Another surprise was seeing this image of Yvon make it to print, ironically this was a day we all spent with our good pal Oggy.
A big thank you to all those folks who allow me to follow them around with my camera and document small significant moments of your life.
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.
EDITORIAL | FLY FISHERMAN MAGAZINE image accompanying an article
The summer issue of Fly Fisherman is packed with some really great content. I am very happy to be able to contribute an image to a feature article penned by Yvon Chouinard. This one is not too be missed, as always he has great insight, I really enjoy his thoughts and lessons. All this and much more in the current issue so be sure to grab a copy when your at your local shop or download it electronically… or both!
CATALOG + PRINT AD + WEBSITE + TRADE SHOW BOOTH Simple Fly Fishing/Tenkara
It is great too see this photo make it to Advertisement. Not only is this one of my favorite rivers to fish but this is one of my favorite people to fish with, its always a great learning experience for me. Yvon Chouinard making it look easy on the Henry’s Fork, Idaho.
I love fishing! I was raised an an angler, with a worm, a spinner and a fly and each has brought me some of the most memorable and valuable moments in my life. I’ve never been able to limit myself to fun. In 2014 I was in rural Argentina with a few great fishing friends, we had an amazing day fishing, with a Tenkara rod. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of anglers have so much camaraderie in an afternoon of fishings since the last time I was there the year before “playing baseball”. Played with 1 fly rod and 1 fly, taking turns with minimal casts, minimal steps, minimal time on the clock and if you swing and miss once, your out and then on to the next guy. There is much much more to fishing, than actually catching fish. This reminds me about the time we randomly found a lure while working on a slackline shoot in the backcountry, with no rod or reel or line around, we unraveled a inner sleeping bag cord, created a rig and caught a little fish. But this day, the day of the Tenkara, was amazing and it couldn’t have gone better.
YC – “Martin, have you ever used a tenkara rod?” MA – “No, never “ YC – “Well, its just like this (quick demonstration) want to try it?” MA – “ahhh, ok.. sure!”
2.83 seconds later
MA – “HOLY SH@*, first cast!!” GROUP – “laughing and cheering”
The new Fly Fisherman Magazine 2016 Gear Guide is on the news stands! Lots of great new gear is hitting the shelves this year, along with some trusty staples. I’m pleased that a few of my images were a good fit for this year’s layout. They always bring back such great memories. I always feel very lucky to be able to spend time with those who are passionate about life. A big thanks goes out to all those anglers that allow me to tag along on their personal journeys, you know who you are.
Head down to your local shop and grab a copy, or better yet, get a yearly subscription and never miss an issue.
Photo 1: Yvon Chouinard fighting a hearty Henry’s Fork River rainbow on his Tenkara rod.
Photo 2: Millie and Ella Paini enjoying some quality mother daughter time on their home water.
Photo 3: Dec Hogan sending out laser spey casts, as usual, on the Grand Ronde River.