Filmed on the Yellowstone River in the summer of 2011, "Where The Yellowstone Goes" hosted its world premiere in Bozeman, Mont., last May 19 to a sold-out audience after having debuted the previous 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, Mont., 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 in Montana 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. "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.
Advance tickets to the screening are $10 and are available at www.villagepictureshows.com. The Village Picture Shows is located at 263 Depot St. in Manchester Center. Tickets the day of the show will be $12 while they last.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located at 4104 Main St. in Manchester. The museum is the steward of the history, traditions and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. For more information, go to www.amff.com.