Studium Generale welcomes Dr. Jennifer Galvin and Emma Jones on Thursday, April 6, to introduce The Memory of Fish, a poignant documentary portrait of local fisherman, retired mill-worker, and activist Dick Goin, in his fight to free the Elwha River from two dams. The film will be screened on Friday, April 7 at 7:00 pm in both the Little Theater and Maier Performance Hall, both on the Peninsula College campus.
“We are finally bringing this film home,” said Jones. “After playing in festivals all over this country and in England as well, The Memory of Fish returns to the Olympic Peninsula for its premier to local audiences.”
At the Wild Screen Festival, in Bristol, U.K., the film was nominated for a Panda Award, which are also referred to as the “Green Oscars” for documentary films. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival to wide acclaim.
A documentary portrait of the intertwined lives of Dick Goin and wild fish, and his fight to free a river, The Memory of Fish has been widely anticipated by residents of the Peninsula. Local tribal leaders and park rangers agree that as a fisherman, citizen scientist, educator, and historian, Goin has no parallel.
Dick’s love story with the Elwha River began in 1937, as a six-year-old boy running from Iowa with his family in the Dirty Thirties. The Goin family settled on the rugged coast of the Olympic Peninsula where they lived primarily on Elwha salmon. He felt the salmon saved his family and so, his life debt to fish grew. In the 1950s, Dick began keeping detailed fishing journals, which scientists came to rely on for answers and institutional baseline data. Dick’s notebooks became cherished sources of wisdom for how the river changed over time, and how it could be fixed.
We follow Dick—a pulp mill worker and master fisherman—as he uses his memories and persistence to battle for the biggest dam removal project in US history so that the salmon could come home.
As a scientist, educator, and entrepreneur, Dr. Jennifer Galvin uses her background in public health and environmental science to inform her work as a filmmaker. Emma Jones, who served as the archival researcher and co-producer, is the student navigator for the Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Program at Peninsula College. Their April 6 Studium Generale presentation will feature a dialogue between the two, facilitated by Dr. Kate Reavey, who coordinates the lecture series.
The April 7 Memory of Fish screening is made possible through the Magic of Cinema program. Tickets are $5 at the door.
For more information contact Dr. Kate Reavey at firstname.lastname@example.org .