The Heartland International Film Festival announced the official selections for its 28th edition, with Marielle Heller’s Tom Hanks’ starrer A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD as the Opening Night Gala film,
NAME OF FILM: ARTIFISHAL
DIRECTOR(S): Josh Murphy
STARRING: Ken Balcomb, Kurt Beardslee, April Bencze
GENRE: Documentary Film
SYNOPSIS: Wild salmon are on the verge of extinction despite a herculean effort by government agencies, big business, and tax payer-funded schemes. While it was originally thought that farm-raised salmon were the cure, it turns out that a myriad of issues (including weakened genetic makeup and aggressive farm-raised fish who battle and overtake their naturally-raised brethren for territory) have been a bigger disruption to the ecosystem than ever imagined. Now the alarm is being raised by environmentalists, tribal elders, and fishermen: the issues and frustrations facing fishing communities worldwide can no longer be ignored, and action must be taken before it’s too late. As a town that is also confronting issues of watershed restoration, the topics tackled here are alarmingly relevant to Traverse City’s own waterways.
Traverse City Film Festival released the 2019 program marking the 15th Anniversary Year with a “Cinema Saves The World” theme, and featuring over 200 films and events
Mountainfilm’s 2019 festival will showcase some 150 documentaries including Changing the Game, a masterfully told story of three transgender high school athletes navigating the complex world of sports and gender.
ARTIFISHAL, Patagonia Documentary on Fight to Save Fish and Rivers to World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival
Executive produced by Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, Artifishal explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.