This “selling out” of our high seas and distant shores hits closer to home than I ever realized it could. Over the past months, I have been in negotiation with an unnamed reality production crew, which was interested in the Commercial Fishing Film Festival. Unfortunately, I can’t really mention too many details about the “proposed” reality show due to legal mumbo jumbo. Initially, I drank the “Hollywood Kool-Aid” and was profoundly inspired by the possibilities of this new found partnership. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had pretty much signed away any creative rights for “our” future project. Luckily, with a little back pedaling and stalling, I was able to back away from the deal. I instantly realized the unique quality of The Commercial Fishing Film Festival is in its raw independent nature. These are real fishermen, capturing real moments, with their own personal twist on their reality. Most of all, these voices and visions aren’t being stifled by some producer who knows absolutely nothing about Alaska or fishermen. If you are as disgusted of fake reality shows, tune into www.fishfilmfest.com for hundreds of commercial fishing videos uploaded by from various fishermen around the world.
It’s easy to understand the appeal of these “reality” shows. Adventure, discovery, and exploration are really at the heart of the American dream. Sadly, these ideals are being packaged by Hollywood and mass produced for prime time television at the cost of true Alaskans. Edge Of Alaska, really? Let’s hope that the redneck roundup of ridiculous reality shows finds a new land to tarnish. In the meantime… Have you seen the latest episode of Alaskan Bush People?
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Its hard to make fishing look any better than this. The video editing is super slick and every second screams of talent. Alot of the footage is from Sierra Anderson, who has released some amazing edits of her fishing adventures. This video is a collaboration between Blake Holmes Productions and Sierra’s Fox Cape Productions. Make the leap to vimeo and you can see some of her past projects.
Genuine Goodness! AlabamaSeafood.com delivers a sweet ad campaign to highlight some of their fisheries. I find it a little weird that I live in Alaska and this Alabama seafood commercial makes me hungry. I really wish we had some US coverage of Alaska's seafood. Every commercial break on Deadliest Catch should be pushing some sort of Alaska Seafood. It's completely obvious to me that there is a huge lack of seafood knowledge if the average consumer doesn't even know what kind of fish they are eating. It's time that we educate and entice Americans with the beauty of Alaskan Seafood. In fact, I have a plan…
Every year fishermen gather in Sitka Alaska for one of the most intense fisheries in the world. Millions can be made in minutes. Stay Tuned for more updates and videos from this season’s fishery.
I hardly took any footage during the FisherPoets Gathering, so here is a slice of life filmed today while exploring the Astoria waterfront. The epic history of Astoria really amazes me. Most of the day, I was trying to imagine the city nearly a 100 years ago. If only the docks could talk…
After an incredible weekend of experiencing the FisherPoets Gathering for the first time, I wandered around exploring Astoria in all of its epic rainy glory. Luckily, the town has a rich maritime history and a vast museum to highlight all the nautical history. These labels easily caught my attention as I roamed throughout the cozy history of the region. I highly recommend the Astoria Maritime Museum on your next visit to the area.