The Breach


Backbone Meaningful Movies presents a one night screening of The Breach, a documentary film about wild salmon and the threats they face in the Pacific Northwest. The event will be Tuesday, August 14 at 6 pm at the Vashon Theatre.

Following the documentary will be a 10-minute clip from The Breach’s upcoming sequel, The Wild, still in production.  Director Mark Titus and Video Editor (and Vashon Islander) Eric Frith will be at the screening to discuss their work, updates to salmon recovery issues, and the filmmaking process. Attend and be one of the first to see the beginnings of this yet-to-be-released documentary.

Writes Mark Titus, “In creating The Breach I began to think of the symbiotic agreement Native Peoples had with salmon for millennia and how that has been compromised.  There are hopeful restoration projects for repairing salmon runs – including the largest dam removal in US history on the Elwha River  …

“I sought out tribal leaders, scientists, policy makers, fishermen, artists, authors and chefs – all with a shared knowledge and passion for wild salmon as cultural treasure, mystery from the sea and food for the planet.  Many spoke of salmon surviving ice ages and earthquakes for millennia.  Our shared journey is in asking if wild salmon have a chance of surviving us.”
A hopeful restoration project is the Whooshh Salmon Cannon, which gently and safely transports migrating adult fish over dams using silk-type tubes, fashioned after the bank tubes at drive up teller stations.  This exciting development has been tested at Columbia River dams.  Indigenous leaders who presented the recent film “United by Water” on Vashon in June told us this is an example of appropriate technology, innovated for ecosystem repair.  They implored us to step up and do what we can to heal the river and support their efforts.
To this end, after the screening attendees are encouraged to take a few minutes to write a postcard to our elected Congressional officials, asking them to allow tribal members and First Nations a place at the table as the Columbia River Treaty is re-negotiated. The negotiations began in late May, but no indigenous voices are allowed and ecosystem function is not being currently considered as a priority.  In the Pacific Northwest our cherished resident orcas are dependent on Columbia River salmon, and a viable river system is critical for their ability to survive. Postcard materials will be available so we can join our voices together for a larger impact.

Admission is by donation, with no one turned away for lack of funds. The evening is made possible thanks to generous support from Vashon Theatre and Island Green Tech, and is a collaboration between the Backbone Campaign and the Meaningful Movies Project in Seattle.