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Red Gold

Ben Knight & Travels Rummel / United States / 2008 / 55 ' / English

Credits

Ben Knight
Ben Knight & Travis Rummel
Lauren Oakes & Travis Rummel

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Awards & Festivals

Audience Choice and Director’s Award, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado
Audience Choice, Banff Mountain Film Festival, Canada
Best of Festival, Ellensburg Film Festival, Washington
Cinematic Excellence, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, Massachussetts
Best Environmental Film, Taos Mountain Film Festival, New Mexico
Best Environmental Film, Kendal Mountain Film Festival, United Kingdom
Big Sky Award, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, Montana
Best Environmental Film, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Canada
Culture Award, San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, California

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Two foreign mining companies propose development at the headwaters of two important river systems in Alaska.

Synopsis

The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers, the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs left in the world. Two mining companies, Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American, have proposed an open-pit and under-ground mine at the headwaters of the two rivers. The area is the second largest deposit of copper, gold and molybdenum ever discovered and has an estimated value of more than $300 billion. Despite promises of a clean project by mining officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has wrought one of the biggest land use issues Alaska has ever faced. Red Gold is our attempt to give a face to the issue, and give a voice to the people of Bristol Bay who depend on this extraordinary fishery. We set out to create a different kind of environmental documentary--one that gives all sides a chance to be seen and heard. Red Gold is more about the place and its people than the facts and numbers. For the first time, Bristol Bay's subsistence, commercial and sport-fishing communities have joined together for a common cause. Colorado Filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight of Felt Soul Media teamed up with Trout Unlimited Alaska’s Lauren Oakes to produce Red Gold. With the support of many locals in Bristol Bay, the crew of three spent 10 weeks in the field during the summer of 2007, gathering footage for film and interviewing people for and against the mine. Trout Unlimited is North America’s largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization with programs based around the nation. The Alaska program is deeply engaged in the campaign to protect the world-renowned fisheries in this watershed.

 

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