Director Jamie Howard’s multi-year project to capture the excitement of trophy bass fishing on film has finally been completed, and “Bass: The Movie” will premiere at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, California on October 17th, 2009. The movie “pits fly rod fisherman and conventional rod fisherman on the same boat to share approaches and cultures side by side.” (Two excellent trailers can be found on the Howard Films Web site.)
The movie will be released to public on 2-disc DVD set October 31, 2009.
Read the full press release in the extended entry.
BASS: THE MOVIE PREMIERES IN HOLLYWOOD
LOS ANGELES, California–September 9, 2009–HowardFilms announces the premiere of Bass: The Movie at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, California, October 17th, 2009. The event will start at 3:15 pm PST, with featured speakers one hour before and the hour after the film showing.
Director Jamie Howard brings bass fishing to the big screen for the first time with Bass: The Movie – a road trip through California in search of fishing secrets and a world record. The self proclaimed Bass Happening will feature the film as its axis and include boats, gear, fishing pros, speakers and prize drawings. In a state known for many things but bass fishing, this unusual journey within a few miles of the Pacific Ocean, pits fly rod fisherman and conventional rod fisherman on the same boat to share approaches and cultures side by side. On the conventional rod side, the film begins with interviews with ESPN Bass Elite Series pros including, Mike Iaconelli, Kevin VanDam, and Kelly Jordon. Then follows (by air, land and sea) California Delta legend and guide Bobby Barrack, California fly rod pro and Delta guide Kevin Doran, world-record holder Raymond Easley, fly rod world-record holder Larry Kurosaki, bass pro and guide Marc Mitrany, and fly rod pro John Sherman. Sherman, an accomplished angler, whose caught trophy fish all over the world, was still new to the bass world. So he sets off to visit all these men, in search of bass secrets and a trophy bass.
The film’s initial revelation is that the state of California is a haven for the world’s biggest bass with numerous fisheries unlike any other: The endless maze and tidal waters of the California Delta’s levee system, contrast with the clear waters of southern California reservoirs. Another revelation is the backdrop of the Delta is listed by American Rivers as #1 on their list of 2009’s most endangered rivers in North America. Note: A portion of all proceeds will go to calsport.org.
Modern bass fishing has grown into a multi-billion dollar sport since it’s simple roots, and the chase for George Perry’s 75 year-old record has helped stoke that fire. A record anyone with a fishing rod is eligible to match. California is considered one of the most likely places to find it. Though the record has been challenged several times in the years since Perry’s catch, it has remained the benchmark. It is one of the longest standing records in the sport of fishing. The film is not solely concerned with besting it, but rather exploring the ways the men who have made this bass their life go about their hunt, by fly rod or by conventional – in search of the big one. The movie will be released to public on a 2-disc DVD set (includes legend Bill Dance retrospective interview) October 31, 2009.
In 2009, ESPN Outdoors previewed Bass: The Movie with a weekly series of 2 ½ minute shorts on the project to expose viewers a new world of bass fishing in California through a cinematic perspective. It was one of the most-viewed projects by HowardFilms to date. The full-length film is not owned by ESPN. Jamie Howard has won numerous awards for his films, including Chasing Silver (chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys) and In Search of a Rising Tide (bonefishing in the Bahamas) and helped promote the genre of the fishing film. Howard is a graduate of The University of Virginia, and worked in advertising as a writer and commercial director in New York City and Los Angeles.
Filmmaker Contact: Jamie Howard
Phone: 646 526 0669
Bass: The Movie partners include:
Bob Marriott’s Flyfishing Store
2700 W. Orangethorpe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92833
The Fishermen’s Spot
14411 Burbank Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91401
P.O. Box 179
Keith Tripp, Sales Rep. Western US
Highway 178 North
Flippin, AR 72634
Sage fly rods
Marc Bale VP of Sales
8500 Northeast Day Road
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-6608 or toll free at (800) 533-3004
John Sherman, Sales Rep
101 Evergreen Drive
Bozeman, MT 59715
Additional information on the California Delta’s threatened status and California sports fishery watery management:
California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (www.calsport.org)
1360 Neilson Street
Berkeley, CA 94702-1116
Office phone: 510-526-4049
Fax number: 209-464-1028 (Bill Jennings)
American Rivers Headquarters
1101 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
American Rivers California office
432 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959