May 6, 2016
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“This Film is a love story for wild salmon and it’s my best version of that to give to the world.”
Mark Titus is the writer and director behind the documentary “The Breach”. He and his team August Island Pictures devoted over 400 hours of filming to the history of salmon, throughout the Pacific North West and Bristol Bay; capturing salmon’s essence and the reasons behind their decline.
“I really wanted it to appeal to a mainstream audience outside of the purview of fish nerds like myself. I wanted it to stand on its own as an emotional story that would draw people into want to learn more about wild salmon, and about the pride of wild salmon currently based on the historic precedence that we have built with them.”
At its premier the film won best international documentary in Ireland. Since then it has been shown in over twenty cities across the US, and more than six in Alaska.
“When you mention salmon in Alaska, people know salmon as lifeblood, a language, a social gathering point; one of the best foods on the planet.”
Titus says that there has been an enthusiastic response with many sold out shows, especially on the Alaska tour. The film brings old and new information right to the surface.
“I wouldn’t say it was exactly preaching to the choir. Because there was definitely enough included in the big message about wild salmon, for people to see something new and feel something new. Folks in Alaska obviously get the salmon world much more readily than folks in in the lower 48.”
Titus wanted it to hit viewers on an emotional level whether they were from Alaska, Iowa or North Carolina.
“The sacredness of salmon came through, rather they lived in that part of the world or not. And a lot of people came up to me after the shows and said they had no idea how salmon actually fed not only people, but how it feeds every single thing in the ecosystem that it comes back to.”
The film can be watched on many streaming platforms.
Watch the documentary and learn more at www.thebreachfilm.com
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