Where The Yellowstone Goes, a feature documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Hunter Weeks, announces a screening at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The event is presented as a benefit for the 4th Corner Fly Fishers of Bellingham.
Filmed on the Yellowstone River last summer, Where The Yellowstone Goes hosted its world premiere in Bozeman, Mont., on May 19 to a sold-out audience after having debuted last month at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Presented by Trout Headwaters, Inc., Where the Yellowstone Goes is a feature length documentary following a 30-day drift boat fly-fishing journey along the Yellowstone River. Filmed in August and September of 2011, the film follows a small crew down the Yellowstone from Gardiner, Mont., to the confluence of the Missouri River at Fort Buford, N.D., a nearly 600-mile journey.
The longest undammed river in the contiguous United States, the Yellowstone River is considered by many to be one of the greatest trout rivers in the world. The section of river in Montana from Gardiner to Livingston has the official “Blue Ribbon” classification. The Yellowstone begins its journey within Yellowstone National Park, serving as the primary watershed for the Yellowstone ecosystem and ultimately reaching a significant portion of the U.S. through its tributary systems. In July of 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline running beneath the river ruptured, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone. The filming captures some of the clean-up effort less than two months after the spill.
“People are becoming more aware of how important our nation’s waterways are,” said Weeks. “I think this film will really resonate and help people understand that they can do something. This isn’t just about fly fishing and conservation, this is a real story of life.”
Led by fourth-generation Montanan and fly fishing guide Robert Hawkins, the crew explores fly-fishing, conservation, and the type of clarity that can only be found upon slowing down. Along the way, the film captures notes of wisdom as told by the locals met throughout the 30-day adventure. With Montana’s captivating scenery at the forefront, Where the Yellowstone Goes takes a closer look at the impact people have on each other and on our environment. Where the Yellowstone Goes is more than a simple journey. It’s about people, our environment, and the harmony that exists between them.
Advance tickets to the screening are $13 and are available at www.pickfordcinema.org. The Pickford Film Center is located at 1318 Bay St. in Berllingham. Tickets the day of the show will also be $13 while they last. Tickets for Pickford Film Center members are $10.
The 4th Corner Fly Fishers are a social club operating for the pleasure, association and recreation of its members engaged in fly fishing activities. The club works to preserve and enhance fly fishing opportunities for all by promoting conservation of the angling brotherhood and to broaden the understanding of fellow anglers. For more information, go to www.4thcornerfly.com.
Where the Yellowstone Goes is a “thoughtful adventure” from Red Popsicle films. Additional sponsors include the Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, and Costa Sunglasses. Weeks’ directorial credits also include the documentaries 10 MPH and Ride The Divide.
For more information, or to view the trailer, go to www.WhereTheYellowstoneGoes.com.