DER Documentary

Smokin' Fish

by Luke Griswold-Tergis and Cory Mann
color, 80 min, 2011
English and Tlingit with English (SDH), Spanish, French, German, and Italian subtitles



Non-profit, K-12, and Individual pricing also available
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Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska.  He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin' Fish tells the story of one man's attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.

“A very approachable film, beautifully shot, with a knockout soundtrack.” — Kirk Dombrowski, American Anthropologist 2013
“without pretense… thoroughly fresh, funny, wise, and sweet.” — Alaskan Author Heather Lende
“a relevant, respectful and hip look at the continuing story of Southeast Alaska, as cultures come together, mix and create something entirely new.” — Richard Radford, Capital City Weekly

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Special Mention, ESPIELLO Film Festival, Spain, 2014
Festival Winnder, University of British Columbia Ethnographic Film Festival, Canada, 2014
Judges Best, People's Choice, Flathead Lake International Cinemafest, 2013
Best Doc, Montreal First Peoples Film Fest,  2012
Best Doc, Arizona International Film Fest, 2012
Audience Award, Cowichan International Film Fest, 2012
Espiello International Ethnographic Documentary Festival, Spain, 2014
ETHNOCINECA, Austria, 2014
The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival, USA, 2014
VERZIO International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Hungary, 2014
Festival Ciné Alter'Natif, France, 2013
Arlington International Film Festival, USA, 2013
Dreamspeakers Film Festival, Edmonton, Canada, 2013
Black Hills Fim Festival, South Dakota, USA, 2013
FICG28 - Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico, 2013
41st Recontre Cinematographique de Digne-Les-Bains, France, 2013
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