The Memory of Fish


Film Info
Director:Jennifer Galvin and Sachi Cunningham
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:San Francisco Premiere
Topic:Keep It Wild
Food: What's on Your Plate?
Running Time:54 min.


"I feel that they are in danger of going extinct." Dick Goin wrote that mournful line in his fishing log in the 1980s, and he would spend the rest of his life fighting to bring the salmon back to his beloved Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Goin’s family settled by the Elwha after fleeing the Dustbowl, and the river sustained them until its dams destroyed the salmon. The beauty of this film, which won Director’s Award for Cinematography at the Woods Hole Film Festival, is its simplicity. The film is at once an elegy about a lost life an what the river once was, and a bittersweet ode to the resilience of the salmon and one man’s persistence. - Carolyn McMaster

- Seattle International Film Festival Critics' Picks 2016
- Panda Award Finalist, Wildscreen Festival 2016

DISCUSSION WITH: Jennifer Galvin (via Skype) and Sachi Cunningham, filmmakers; Carolyn McMaster, Thinkshift Communications

Community Partner: American Rivers


Included Shorts

Cormorants in the Crosshairs (10min) More

Additional Information

Jennifer GalvinDr. Jennifer Galvin drives societal progress by turning resources—both human and financial—into social impact. A trusted advisor to public health, environmental science, and social innovation leaders, she builds bridges across sectors to find the common pulse between research, film, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic networks. She’s known for producing human-centered projects and directing investment in people, places, and programs to elevate global health.

Sachi CunninghamSachi Cunningham is a documentary filmmaker and professor of Multimedia Journalism at San Francisco State Unversity. Her award-winning storied had screener worldwide, and on outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, PBS Frontline, and the Discovery Channel. The Emmys, Webbys, and Pictures of the Year International have honored her work. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Brown University.