Where The Yellowstone Goes, a feature documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Hunter Weeks, announces a screening at the Wilma Theater in Missoula on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. The event is presented by the Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop.
Filmed on the Yellowstone River last summer, Where The Yellowstone Goes will host its world premiere in Bozeman on May 19, after having debuted last month at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Presented by Trout Headwaters, Inc., Where the Yellowstone Goes is a feature length documentary following a 30-day drift boat fly-fishing journey along the Yellowstone River. Filmed in August and September of 2011, the film follows a small crew down the Yellowstone from Gardiner to the confluence of the Missouri River at Fort Buford, N.D., a nearly 600-mile journey.
The longest undammed river in the contiguous United States, the Yellowstone River is considered by many to be one of the greatest trout rivers in the world. The section of river from Gardiner to Livingston has the official “Blue Ribbon” classification. The Yellowstone begins its journey within Yellowstone National Park, serving as the primary watershed for the Yellowstone ecosystem and ultimately reaching a significant portion of the U.S. through its tributary systems. In July of 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline running beneath the river ruptured, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone. The filming captures some of the clean-up effort less than two months after the spill.
“People are becoming more aware of how important our nation’s waterways are,” said Weeks, who will attend the screening and conduct a Q&A session afterward. “I think this film will really resonate and help people understand that they can do something. This isn’t just about fly fishing and conservation, this is a real story of life.”
Led by fourth-generation Montanan and fly fishing guide Robert Hawkins, the crew explores fly-fishing, conservation, and the type of clarity that can only be found upon slowing down. Along the way, the film captures notes of wisdom as told by the locals met throughout the 30-day adventure. With Montana’s captivating scenery at the forefront, Where the Yellowstone Goes takes a closer look at the impact people have on each other and on our environment. Where the Yellowstone Goes is more than a simple journey. It’s about people, our environment, and the harmony that exists between them.
Tickets to the show are $10 in advance at www.missoula-wtyg.eventbrite.com, or to avoid a service fee, at the Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop, located at 215 West Front St. The Grizzly Hackle will also host a free pre-event barbecue at its shop beginning at 5:30. The Wilma Theater is located at 131 South Higgins St. in Missoula. Tickets at the door the night of the show will be $13.
Where the Yellowstone Goes is a “thoughtful adventure” from Red Popsicle films. Additional sponsors include the Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, and Costa Sunglasses. Weeks’ directorial credits also include the documentaries 10 MPH and Ride The Divide.
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