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“I’m the same as the next guy on the river. I am a fly fisherman”

We’ve partnered with Redington to take the helm of their storytelling series, Find Your Water. Now in it’s third season, Find Your Water brings the unique places and culture of fly fishing to the screen.

For this episode, we wanted to tell a story that’s not only relevant, but in our backyard – a story we can truly get behind as Montana filmmakers. Listening to other perspectives is more important than ever right now, even in something as serene and stress-relieving as fly fishing. Rich Schwend, Ty Malia and Joey Malia are all born and raised Montanans that love fly fishing more than anything, but deeply feel the contradiction that comes with living in a pre-dominantly blue collar town where resource extraction is the primary economic driver. This story aims to explore that contradiction and hopefully unite the fly fishing around an issue we all love dearly: Our Water.

Starring: Rich Schwend, Ty Malia, Joey Malia

Director: RC Cone

Writer: Miles Nolte

Cinematographers: Zane Clampett, Chris Kamman, Reid Morth, RC Cone

Edited by: RC Cone, Zane Clampett

Audio Supervisor: Colter Olmstead

 

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From Banff Mountain Film Festival jury member, Ciaran Flannery:

“Your protagonists are a pair of surfers. Your set pieces are the rocks, waves, and raw nature of Iceland. And your antagonist is visceral yet unseen – the unpredictable and relentless North Atlantic Wind. So what can a filmmaker do when he cannot control, much less visually capture a tempermental star? The filmmaker truly breaks new ground in creative achievement. He gets the wind drunk.”

Our heads are still spinning with The Accord winning this award! We never thought such a small, passion project type film could make it into Banff, let alone win an award. We’d like to sincerely thank the jury and staff at Banff and everyone who’s supported this film along the way. Thank you!

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Last time we checked in, The Accord was about to world premiere at Telluride MountainFilm.

Fast-forward through a crazy 6 months and here we are. It’s truly a dream come true – this is something we’ve wanted to say for a long time, our film is an Official Selection of Banff Mountain Film Festival. Director RC Cone is headed there in a couple short weeks, so if you’re around – please say hello!

Secondly, we never thought The Accord would go this far! We’ve been lucky enough to win multiple awards for the short film, including:

  • Best Short – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
  • Best Short – Paris Surf & Skateboard Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography – Berlin Surf Film Festival
  • Best Cinematography – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival
  • Best Soundtrack – Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival

We are humbled, we never thought a silly, fun film like The Accord could get this kind of attention. We’d like to thank everyone for including us in their programs for 2016.

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It’s the best job, but it’s not easy.

Patrick Duke is a dialed-in fishing guide. He easily spends everyday of his Spring and Summer on the water. Long days, lots of clients, a million fixed tangles – Patrick says himself, it starts to feel like a blur. Taking Patrick’s feeling and his predilection to Heeding The Call – we collaboratively wrote how Patrick felt finally getting to the end of his season and heading into Fall – It’s not the end, it’s the beginning.

From Howler Bros:

The “Season” is the most critical time of year for guides. It’s typically when the fishing is best, the clients arrive eager, and the guides make the lion’s share of their income. Although it can vary based on geography, target species and the elements, one thing holds true no matter the guide in question: it is a LOT of work. And when the Season draws to a close, guides have a chance to cut loose and have some fun of their own.

Howler Ambassador and Colorado fishing guide, Patrick Duke, guided 103 float trips in 107 days during his 2016 Season. After grinding through countless put-ins, take-outs, anchor drops, tangles, knots, hook-ups and releases, he takes advantage of his newfound liberty to blow off some steam with amigos. Rest assured he also has some personal fishing trips lined up to exotic places like Bolivia, Mexico, and some secret locales we can’t disclose. Heeding his own call after putting in the work. For Patrick, the arrival of Fall is not the end…it’s The Beginning.

Music: “Bring It On Home” by Kaleigh Baker

 

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Development, working with sponsors and what’s next in this interview with Tributaries’ director. 

The initial idea came from your friend and surf photographer Elli Thor Magnusson’s desire to make a movie about Icelandic surfers. How did you turn his writings about surfing in Iceland into a workable script?
We did that together. During the month of production in November, there were many, many down days where the surf wasn’t happening. Over beers and plenty of coffee, we hashed out Elli’s concept of the wind as a character. What worked, what didn’t. From there, I helped bring some of Elli’s ideas about Icelandic surfers to the screen – luckily he’s an amazing still photographer, so once we were past the conceptual pieces the practical visuals came easy to us.

Read more. 

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Heeding the Call in the Fall.

Aspens, cold mornings on the river and bonfires are what come to mind when thinking Fall. Howler Bros wanted to show off their amazing new product for those cold, coffee-filled mornings we all know so well. See more of their collection here.

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This summer flew by. Wow. So many fun projects in the works. We wanted to update you with the some festival showing updates with The Accord.

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First, we couldn’t be more excited to be featured on the MountainFilm tour. There are so many showings, it’s hard to fathom. Check the schedule here!

Second, there’s a whole host of other showing happening around the world. We’re keeping those updated on The Accord’s Facebook event page. Stay tuned for more!

Some notable festivals: The Bristol Surf Film Festival (Heidar will be attending!) and the Hebrides International Film Festival. Can’t wait!