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Award winning film RedFish BlueFish

  2003 Dahlonega International Film Festival
Best Editing in a Documentary

1999 International Wildlife Film Festival
Best Narration
Best Use of Music
Best Script, 2nd Place
Merit Award for Conservation Message
Special Jury Prize for Extraordinary Achievement

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  1998 World Population Film/Video Festival
Grand Prize
Global Vision Award

RedFish BlueFish begins with the story of the damming of a wild river, and expands to examine the broader problem of energy production, the philosophy behind Western culture, and perhaps the most fundamental conflict of this time: economy vs. ecology; with gripping natural cinematography.
- The Times-Independent

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Film Reviews

Trisha: I'm a bit biased as I studied Environment Sciences (all) and my research paper topic was about the Columbia River Dam project. Absolutely the best ecological video I've ever watched! It was creatively presented in many "layers"! It was stunning and emotional- had great musical overlays/segways blending ideas visually and verbally. Narrated intelligently, from a young boy who spoke to all generations.(which was great creatively- as his young voice innocently captures the attention of children =future and adults= now. Too many people(values,cultural norms=offspring=more people) on earth and are using up resources.In the end nature usually wins through catastrophic means- more processes and cycles. It is challenging to reach/educate the masses. I hope that most people could understand the vocabulary, as the concepts may have been tough for those without a good one. I loved it and am purchasing the video ASAP!

Gaylan (of Steelworkers Union): I enjoyed the film. The footage was beautiful. I wholly agree that repairing the damage done in the past will be much easier to accomplish if we begin to examine the causes for the damage in the first place. Saving the environment at the expense of working men and women will be possible, if you enrich the business community as you save the earth - this however, is not a desideratum. Steps must be taken to expand the use of informed democratic decision making processes if we are to prevent the destruction of our environment and stop the attack on the working class and poor. We are a business run society. Money and control drive every policy, even those policies that seemingly move in the best possible direction. Good decisions made for the wrong reasons only assist in concealing the illegitimacy of our current socioeconomic order.

Let's restore the salmon runs, while we question the legitimacy of the institutions that have brought us to this point. Who has more clout in DC, the inorganic institutions Alcoa, Kaiser, or Boeing, or the united voices of the NW's Native Americans?

No solution will be lasting or holistic if we continue to ignore the more serious questions of our societies.

Again, I enjoyed the film, and look forward to meeting you again.

Robert: Great video. I hope that something can be done before it is too late. As a native Idahoan I have regretted that I was never able to enjoy the Salmon when they were in abundance and took for granted that I would at some time in the future. We know Charlie Ray personally and glad to see Cecil Andrus joining in the cause. I have to put Andrus right up there with Frank Church because he is not afraid to take on sensitive issues. If I can assist in any way I would feel honored.

Jim(Teacher): Hey, my friend, I enjoyed the film very much. Cogito ergo sum remains a permanent tenant (tenet) in the overcrowded slum of my consciousness. Indeed, it's one of a handful of thoughts occupying the walls of my classroom. The translation of that thought into an evolving cinematic image -- the way water thinks and therefore is, the way an industrial society thinks and therefore is -- was, to my mind, as sophisticated as it was artistic. The sparseness of the voice-over allowed -- even demanded -- that the images take up the refrain. And using a child as a narrator added a useful texture, too. All honest thinking is naive, and it was pleasing to have important observations offered in a voice that seemed to be discovering them for the first time.

Courtesy of Sony Music
Bakerman - Instrumental
Tell Me the Truth
Beds Are Burning
Sell My Soul

Courtesy of Sony Music
Time Has Come Today

Courtesy of Sony Music
I'd Love to Change the World

Courtesy of New World Records
Love Song
Gambling Songs


Energy for Planet Earth
River of Life, Channel of Death
Cadillac Desert
Silenced Rivers
Natural Acts
The Abstract Wild

The Sixth Extinction
The Affluent Society
The Theory of Business Enterprise

Descartes Selected Philosophical Writings
Descartes an Intellectual Biography
Descartes Metaphysical Physics

Sacred Geometry
Godel, Escher, Bach
Wholeness and the Implicate Order
The Essential Gandhi


Scientific American
Keith C. Petersen
Mark Reisner
Patrick McCully
David Quammen
Jack Turner

Richard Leakey
John K. Galbraith
Thorstein Veblen

Cambridge Univ. Press
Stephen Gaukroger
Daniel Garber

Robert Lawlor
Douglas Hofstader
David Bohm
Mahatma Gandhi
Hermann Hesse

RedFish BlueFish

for Mom and Dad who teach how to watch the sunset

Scott Levy
James P. Kjelland
Ariane Russell
Randy Musgrave
Jimmy Fairchild
Lionel Boyer
Cecil Andrus
Charles Ray
Jamie Lee Curtis
Director Editor
Director of Photography
Production Manager
6th Grade Narrator
Shoshone Bannock Nation
Idaho Governor 1971-77, 1987-95
Idaho Rivers United
as Herself
James Zarubica
as "Z" man
Red Fish
Lou Holsten
Blue Fish
Blackened Red Fish
Green Fish
Yellow Fish
Spinning Fish
Black Fish
Blackened White Fish
Blackened Blue Fish
Pink Fish
Endo Fish
Scott Levy
Pete Patterson
Guy Robins
Bozo Cardozo
Gerry Moffatt
Irv Bier
Aurel Lamontange
Charlie Munsey
Conrad Fourney
Olaf Koehler
Releasing Final Fish
Launna Gunderson
Mayor of Stanley, Idaho
Conrad Mahnken
Research Biologist
National Marine
Fisheries Service
"How important is economics"
Sue Hansen
Mother of Two
"...Let's change the mistake..."
Paul Kline
Fish Biologist
Idaho Fish & Game
"...heading towards extinction."
Scott Levy
"Inside these walls..."
Jerry Hadam
"Three and two make five..."
from The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-ExupÈry
Film Processing
Film-Video Transfer
Hi8 Camera Loan
Equipment Rentals
Paddling Jackets
Alpha Cine, Seattle
Varitel, San Francisco
Mark Baumgardner
Meritex, Oakland
Adolph Gasser, Seattle
thanks to Isamu Tatsuno
Smith Sport Optics
Transportation by
special thanks to
Ketchikan Air
Alaska Marine Highway
Chris Peterson and
the crew of F/V Norsel
Historical Footage
provided by
"The Columbia"
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Bonneville Power Administration
thanks to Bill Murlin

"Salmon Jumping"
Idaho Fish & Game
thanks to Sue Nass
Fractal Software
Photorealism Software
The Stone Soup Group
Christopher D. Watkins
Stephen B. Coy
Soap Film Artisan
Vortex Artisan
Ned Kahn
Doug Hollis
Descartes Portrait
Descartes, Spinoza, Bacon
Norman Carter, 1921
Script Consultant
Color Consultant
Graphic Design
Jerry Hadam
Mick Franta
Bruce Montgomery
Candra Canning
Meta Gaffer
Macleod Sawyer
The Community Library
Tom Anderson, Larry Oram
Jim Balarezo
Editing Suite
Animation Suite
Scream West, Kim Schneider
Brian Prescott
Mike & Margie Levy
Linda & Dan Sweeney
Filmed on Location in
the Pacific Northwest
with assistance from:
Shoshone Bannock Nation
Nez Perce Nation

Idaho Fish & Game
Eagle Fish Hatchery
Idaho Rivers United

Seattle Engineering's Swinging Bridge
Seattle Transit & Seattle Monorail
Seattle Harbor Tours
Rivkin's Jewelers
Smith Tower

San Francisco Exploratorium

Dworshak Dam
Sunbeam Dam
Cascade Dam

Lower Granite Dam
Little Goose Dam
Lower Monumental Dam
Ice Harbor Dam

McNary Dam
John Day Dam
The Dalles
Bonneville Dam

Army Corps of Engineers
Bonneville Power Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service

Sincere thanks to all that helped in many ways

RedFish BlueFish script, songs, preview & order
Discussion forum
Library of topics from the film
Tutorial on the Salmon issue
Contact information
Award winning film RedFish BlueFish
Donations benefit efforts to save
Idaho's wild Salmon & Steelhead