The BBRSDA is partnering with the documentary film, The Breach, on its national tour to educate Americans about Bristol Bay’s amazing sustainable sockeye salmon fishery and to encourage people to eat and enjoy wild Bristol Bay Sockeye.
Winner of Best International Feature Documentary at the 2014 Galway Film Festival, The Breach follows filmmaker Mark Titus and his journey to discover why wild Pacific salmon fisheries have plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest. His journey culminates in the Bay, where commercial fishermen, Native elders, conservationists, scientists, and watershed residents are fighting to save the world’s largest, most valuable wild salmon fishery from the proposed Pebble Mine.
At the film screenings, audience members will receive complimentary cans of sockeye, provided by Vital Choice Wild Seafoods & Organics. The can’s label includes a link that enables recipients to share the film with friends to help spread the word about our fishery.
Updates on Our Partnership with The Breach:
Dates are still being confirmed, but locations for the national tour of The Breach are as follows. If you live near any of these locations and would like to attend a screening and help to represent the fishermen of Bristol Bay, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your participation would be most welcome. When we have firm dates for all events we will post them here, and also notify members via Bristol Bay Waypoints.
New York; Boston; Washington D.C.
Chicago; Minneapolis; Denver; Miami; Seattle; Portland; Berkeley; San Francisco; Santa Monica
The Breach rolled out across Alaska with very well-received screenings in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Naknek, Dillingham, Juneau and Ketchikan.
Earlier this month, the BBRSDA traveled to Palm Springs for the Palm Springs International Film Festival where The Breach made its North American premiere and was awarded Best of Fest. BBRSDA staff attended and spoke at the film festival, as did local Bristol Bay fisherman Chris Voss who lives and fishes in Southern California. All three film festival screenings of The Breach were sold out, with over 250 people attending each.
To help drive home the message that eating wild salmon is one of the best ways to save wild salmon, audiences were given free cans of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. BBRSDA Marketing Director Elizabeth Herendeen reported that “People broke into applause and cheers when we announced at the end of the film that everyone would get a can of Bristol Bay salmon. The film had clearly connected with people at a very deep level, and bringing home that can of salmon was a way they could share that experience with others.”
Read more about what others are saying about The Breach, including this review from the Desert Sun.
With the Palm Springs festival behind us, the BBRSDA and The Breach team will be embarking on a national tour, starting in Anchorage where we will host the Alaska premier in mid February, and ending in New York later this spring. Tentative screening locations include:
There will be additional screenings throughout Bristol Bay, including this summer (hopefully) during Fishtival in Naknek.
Desert Sun: The Breach Relays Salmon Struggles to Everyone
Bristol Bay Sockeye: Alaska’s Bristol Bay Fishermen Partner with Filmmaker to Tell Their Story