The main part of the film takes place by the legendary Lethe River on New Zealand’s wild and wondrous South Island. Back in 1988, one of the most iconic fly fishers of our time, Lars Lenth, spent three months exploring the fabled river and fishing for its abnormally large trout. At night, he would sit down in a remote cabin and write down his experiences in a journal.
Nearly 25 years later, the young trout bum Rolf Nylinder looses his way in the wilderness near Lethe. By chance, he finds the long-lost journal, full of insights about the very soul of fly fishing. Along with Rolf on the trip is documentarist Peter Christensen, filming their mostly failing attempts to catch trout, and Rolf’s ever-growing obsession of the journal.
Searching for West is an epic short film about Mark Seacat, a Montana hunter, and his connection with hunting, the outdoors, and the responsibilities of a husband and father of a newly born son. The film has a very powerful idyllic potency. Just as Mark describes these trips as being a rejuvenation for his mind and soul, I too find the same cleansing when I’m in the remote wilderness and I’ll bet many of our readers do as well. For that very reason, I think you’ll enjoy this short film, so please watch it.
The hunt is a pursuit of balance, while searching for the unknown. The balance that death has struck with life, the one sustaining the other. Everything we eat was alive once. The farmer clears his field in autumn for new life in the spring, and there’s a rhythm to it all. One man in one place, doing just one thing at a time.
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I think LOW & CLEAR is the exactly kind of fishing movie I would make, and because of that I really enjoyed the trailer and am looking forward to seeing the movie. The movie feels like a visceral but funny documentary about two friends that have grown apart over the years going on a fishing trip where their different personalities emerge and clash as they share the experience. It couldn’t be more fitting that Clive is also planning his return, so maybe you can imagine why this trailer had an impact on me.
During a winter flyfishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex “Xenie” Hall, learn they’ve have grown apart in more ways than one. J.T., the thoughtful even-keeled son of a songwriting legend believes there’s more to fishing than catching fish. Short-tempered Xenie, a “firewood salesman,” sees it differently and fishes like it’s a race against the clock. Their different approaches to fishing and life emerge and clash on the snowy river banks and damp hotel rooms of British Columbia in this true story of a friendship stretched to the breaking point. An exploration of life in the disappearing wilderness of the West, Low & Clear unfolds with moments of humor and pathos, success and failure, as J.T. and Xenie find themselves on a fishing trip that could be their last.
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The new issue of Sleeping In The Dirt is here, and I really can’t get enough of this stuff. Makes me really want to upgrade my camera equipment! Click the image to check it out!