Fishermen, family business and corporations collide in Red Gold
Alaska and environmentalism are on the public’s radar more than ever thanks to the recent presidential race. But the issues affecting our northern neighbors are hardly limited to moose hunting and oil drilling. Produced by Felt Soul Media and Trout Unlimited, Red Gold tells the story of a group of small family-run fisheries trying to save their operation from the encroachment of a potentially extremely profitable gold and copper mine near the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed. It premieres at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on January 6th as a co-presentation of Green Screens and Independents Night.
The film takes in a wide range of perspectives from colorful local fishermen to corporate representatives, and paints a breathtaking picture of a point of conflict between small business and large, nature and man-made efficiency. “Red Gold is our attempt to give a face to the issue,” say the filmmakers, “and give a voice to the people of Bristol Bay who depend on this extraordinary fishery. We set out to create a different kind of environmental documentary—one that gives all sides a chance to be seen and heard.”
Red Gold is a film you’ll want to see before you take another bite of salmon, which is why it’s a good thing that we’ll have Savoy chef Peter Hoffman on hand on hand after the screening and Q & A to serve up scrumptious salmon-centric snacks comprised of sustainable ingredients and wild salmon provided by Ocean Beauty.
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