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Eastern Rises

In East­ern Ris­es a coura­geous band of fly fish­er­men risks every­thing in one of the last wild places on earth, the Kam­chat­ka Penin­su­la of the Russ­ian Far East.  It may as well be at the end of the earth.  Its enor­mous, wild land­scape is thread­ed with rivers, teem­ing with mas­sive mouse-eat­ing trout, bugs and bears. In oth­er words, this place is the Holy Grail for tru­ly obsessed, halfway insane fly fish­er­men. They brave Cold War heli­copters, griz­zlies, mas­sive mos­qui­toes, and even Big­foot in search of rain­bow trout, salmon and the ulti­mate fish sto­ry.  The cyn­i­cal nar­ra­tion of film­mak­er Ben Knight (from Felt Soul Media) pulls view­ers along on this humor­ous and intrigu­ing tale in which fish­ing is poet­ry, Sasquatch lurks in the fog, and fish­er­men risk life and limb to explore rivers that have nev­er before been fished. The cin­e­matog­ra­phy is superb, the sto­ry­telling excel­lent, and the angling inspi­ra­tional.

Found­ed in 2005, high in the South­ern Rock­ies of Col­orado, Felt Soul Media com­bines the vision of Travis Rum­mel and Ben Knight by unit­ing their pas­sion for wild places, their love of fly fish­ing, and their con­ser­va­tion eth­ic.  Knight com­ments: “We cre­ate avant-garde style doc­u­men­taries with an aes­thet­ic approach to cap­ture the inher­ent beau­ty of fly fish­ing and the amaz­ing con­fines that the sport takes place in. We are pas­sion­ate about our films and fly fish­ing.” Felt Soul part­nered with The Fly Shop to doc­u­ment this epic fly fish­ing jour­ney to Russia’s remote Kam­chat­ka Penin­su­la dur­ing the sum­mer of 2008.

Run­ning time: 48 min­utes