Filmmaker Q&A: THE MEMORY OF FISH & RISING FROM THE ASHES
On March 30, we were joined by filmmakers Jennifer Galvin (The Memory of Fish) and Shane Anderson (Rising from the Ashes) to discuss their respective films. Moderated by Heather Nicholson.
About the Filmmakers & Films
THE MEMORY OF FISH
Director, Producer, Executive Producer, Cinematographer, Writer
The Memory of Fish is a documentary portrait of the intertwined lives of Dick Goin and wild fish, and his fight to free a river. Elwha River salmon fed Dick and his family after they migrated to the Olympic Peninsula during the Dust Bowl. He never forgot his debt to the now disappearing fish. We follow Dick—a pulp mill worker and master fisherman—as he uses his memories and persistence to battle for the biggest dam removal project in US history so that the salmon can come home.
Jennifer Galvin, Director
A scientist and a filmmaker, Dr. Galvin is internationally recognized for her work at the
intersection of environment, health, media, and story. She was honored as a vanguard of
creative social impact in the 2014 GOOD 100 and as a Change Agent by the Christian Science
Monitor. At reelblue, Galvin directs, produces, and shoots commercial to indie projects,
including documentary films (reelblue.net). She was selected to American Film Institute's
Catalyst Workshop for science storytelling and screenwriting (2004) and to the Pan Caribbean
Project for Environmental Film and Wildlife Documentaries Residency held at EICTV, Cuba
(2006). Her feature directorial debut, Free Swim (2009), about local Bahamians learning to swim, traveled the globe to reduce youth drowning, promote diversity in ocean-related sports, and ignite community coastal conservation. Galvin is a member of New York Women in Film and Television, Pleiades Women’s Leadership Network, and ICAIC Muestra Itinerante de Cine del Caribe. She is a board member of Rocking the Boat and the Henry David Thoreau Foundation, and a mentor to Storytellers for Good, Social Innovation Fellowship, and Venture for America. Galvin holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Brown University.
RISING FROM THE ASHES
After two decades of planning, the largest dam removal in U.S. history began on September 17, 2011. Six months later the Elwha Dam was gone, followed by the Glines Canyon Dam in 2014. Since then, we have witnessed a remarkable transformation of the river – and of the wildlife that depend on it.
Shane Anderson is a former professional downhill skier turned documentary filmmaker.
His interest in film began in 1998; he worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles for eight years; and in 2012, he began his own production company, North Fork Studios, which merges his love of the outdoors with his love of visual storytelling and production.