The Breach

Series: Portland EcoFilm Festival

Saturday, April 11 at 6:30pm  |  $8  |  Oregon Premiere!

THE BREACH is a riveting story of the journey of wild salmon and their precarious situation in the ecosystem of the American river system—specifically here in the Pacific Northwest.

Wild salmon are icons in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, as well as a vital food source.  Images of salmon can be found everywhere—in airports, stadiums, even over I-90.  We are uniquely connected to these ancient animals, yet the centuries-old system of dams, fish farms, the resource-extraction booms, and subsequent environmental busts of the last 150 years have nearly extinguished the once-teeming wild salmon runs.

Filmmaker Mark Titus, himself an avid fisherman and fishing guide, delves into the lore and reality of wild salmon in the Northwest, with in-depth interviews featuring Russ Busch, campaigner for the removal of Washington State’s Elwha Dam, and Ray Troll, renowned fish artist and activist.  With the Elwha Dam recently removed, an ancient salmon run is being restored, but is it enough?  Titus’s insightful film looks deep into the British Columbia regulations of fish farms and the current legislative action around the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  With spectacular footage of salmon—from baby fry to spawning—Titus takes us on the powerful journey of the patron fish of the Northwest.

With director Mark Titus and producer Susan LaSalle in attendance to discuss their film!

Community Partner:  Wild Salmon Center
Sponsored by:  Stash Tea

90 minutes
Mark Titus


Sunday, April 12