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FILMMAKER: Travis Rummel (Co-Director)

19 minutes, $free

Friday Harbor Film Festival spoke with RED GOLD co-director Travis Rummel on December 17th to learn more about how this film came about and the current status of the Pebble Mine.


“This has been the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

– Ben Knight, Red Gold Co-Director


At the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers in Bristol Bay, Alaska—the two largest remaining sockeye salmon runs on the planet—mining companies Northern Dynasty and Anglo American have proposed to extract what may prove to be the richest deposit of gold and copper in the world.

Colorado filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel spent more than two months in Bristol Bay, documenting the tension between mine officials—who say they will build a “clean” mine that will leave the salmon’s habitat untouched—and local fisherman who oppose the mine. This exquisite film goes beyond the conflict, offering a portrait of a unique way of life that wouldn’t exist if the salmon don’t return with Bristol Bay’s tide.

Produced by Felt Soul Media (Running Down the Man and The Hatch) and Trout Unlimited Alaska, Red Gold is a one-hour documentary film on the proposed Pebble Mine told through the unique and disparate voices of commercial, subsistence and sport fishermen of Bristol Bay, Alaska.


Friday Harbor Film Festival's The Director Series provides movie lovers the opportunity to view impactful documentary films highlighting heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, marine ecology, social justice, the environmental crisis, and human-interest stories.

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