We Can't Eat Gold is the first feature length documentary I have directed. I developed diverse new skills in the process of reporting, filming, editing and distributing the film. The Anchorage International Film Festival awarded the film second place in it's Snow Dance Competition for best Alaskan Filmmaking.
FILM SUMMARY: Living off the land: Alaska Natives defend the worlds biggest salmon runs from the impacts of the worlds biggest proposed gold mine, the Pebble Mine.
The UK's Guardian newspaper recently covered the film, which held its World Premiere April 6th, 2013, at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and won the Triangle Award at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival and the Arches Award at the Moab International Film Festival.
Bobby Andrew, a Yupik elder who is the spokesmen for Nunumta Aulukestai (Caretakers of Our Land) and a central character in the film spoke before screenings at the Seattle Social Justice Film Festival and the UK's Native Spirit Film Festival. We Can't Eat gold also screened at the Salmon Film Festival in Fort Bragg, California. The University of Michigan Community Scholars Program hosted multiple screenings, giving me an honorarium to speak with students and faculty about subsistence and mining in South West Alaska. The film also screened at the Americas Latino Festival of Colorado and the Anchorage International Film Festival, the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival and the Just Film Festival, the in British Columbia.
Please see the film's website for more information.