“Where the Yellowstone Goes” to Begin World Premiere Tour in Bozeman

May 17, 2012 By: Marshall Cutchin

“Where the Yellowstone Goes,” a documentary on a 30-day, 600-mile drift-boat fly-fishing journey along the Yellowstone River that focuses on”fly-fishing, conservation, and the type of clarity that can only be found upon slowing down, will make its debut this Saturday in Bozeman, Montana.

Read the extended entry for the full press release.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (May 16, 2012) – A feature documentary film from award-winning filmmaker Hunter Weeks that was filmed on the Yellowstone River this past summer is set to host its World Premiere in Bozeman, Montana, this weekend. The film will make its worldwide public debut at The Ellen Theatre on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Musical guest (who is also included in the film’s soundtrack) Open Range of Livingston, Mont., will kick off the event. Immediately following the screening, the cast and crew will participate in a Q&A session. Tickets are $15 plus a $1 restoration fee for the Ellen.

“After completing the film, we knew Montana was the right place to hold the world premiere. It’s a story that captures the essence of what makes this place so special,” said director Hunter Weeks.

Following the Bozeman premiere, the film will be shown in Boulder, Colo., on May 24, then will return to Montana for shows in Billings on June 6, the Gardiner area on June 8, Missoula June 9 and Helena for a weeklong run beginning June 15. Additional shows are scheduled for Denver on June 12, Colorado Springs and Minneapolis June 13, Arlington, Va., June 14, Boise June 19, Yakima, Wash., June 20, Seattle, June 21, Bend, Ore., June 25, Portland, Ore., June 26, Eugene, Ore., June 27 and Chico, Calif., June 28. Information on all the shows can be found at www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com or on our Facebook page.

Presented by Trout Headwaters, Inc., Where the Yellowstone Goes is a feature length documentary following a 30-day drift boat fly-fishing journey along the Yellowstone River. Filmed in August and September of 2011, the film follows a small crew down the Yellowstone from Gardiner to the confluence of the Missouri River at Fort Buford, N.D., a nearly 600-mile journey.

The longest undammed river in the contiguous United States, the Yellowstone River is considered by many to be one of the greatest trout rivers in the world. The section of river from Gardiner to Livingston has the official “Blue Ribbon” classification. The Yellowstone begins its journey within Yellowstone National Park, serving as the primary watershed for the Yellowstone ecosystem and ultimately reaching a significant portion of the U.S. through its tributary systems. In July of 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline running beneath the river ruptured, spilling an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone. The filming captures some of the clean-up effort less than two months after the spill.

“People are becoming more aware of how important our nation’s waterways are,” said Weeks. “I think this film will really resonate and help people understand that they can do something. This isn’t just about fly fishing and conservation, this is a real story of life.”

Led by fourth-generation Montanan and fly fishing guide Robert Hawkins, the crew explores fly-fishing, conservation, and the type of clarity that can only be found upon slowing down. Along the way, the film captures notes of wisdom as told by the locals met throughout the 30-day adventure. With Montana’s captivating scenery at the forefront, Where the Yellowstone Goes takes a closer look at the impact people have on each other and on our environment. Where the Yellowstone Goes is more than a simple journey. It’s about people, our environment, and the harmony that exists between them.

From the film’s river guides to the companies that got the project off the ground, Where the Yellowstone Goes has received tremendous support throughout Montana. Presenting sponsor Trout Headwaters Inc. out of Livingston, Simms Fishing Products in Bozeman and the Montana Office of Tourism were among the first to rally behind the film. Montana’s riverside residents play a role too. The film captures notes of wisdom as told by the locals met throughout the 30-day adventure on the Yellowstone River.

Where the Yellowstone Goes is a “thoughtful adventure” from Red Popsicle films. Additional sponsors include the Montana Office of Tourism, Simms Fishing Products, and Costa Sunglasses. Weeks’ directorial credits also include the documentaries 10 MPH and Ride The Divide.

For more information, or to view the trailer, go to www.WhereTheYellowstoneGoes.com.

# # #

Media Contact: Garry Harrington, Colorado Springs, [email protected], 603-209-5010