Faced with worsening floods and a prized salmon population on the brink of extinction, communities along Washington’s Chehalis River must decide how to prepare for climate impacts–and if a new dam is the answer.
Shane Anderson is an award winning documentary filmmaker based out of Olympia, Washington. In addition to owning North Fork Studios, Shane also works as the director of storytelling for Pacific Rivers, a river conservation organization based out of Portland, Oregon.
Shane is a former professional downhill skier and his interest in film began in 1998; he worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles for eight years before studying fisheries biology at Humboldt State University where he decided to merge his love of the outdoors and conservation with visual storytelling.
In 2014 he completed his first feature documentary feature “Wild Reverence” and has since produced Behind The Emerald Curtain, A River’s Last Chance, Run Wild Run Free and is finalizing production on Chehalis: A Watershed Moment. Four of Shanes films have aired on PBS.
The mission of Pacific Rivers is to protect and restore the watershed ecosystems of the West to ensure river health, biodiversity and clean water for present and future generations.
Protecting rivers requires managing the surrounding lands, or watershed, in a manner compatible with natural ecological processes. This is important so that people, fish and other wildlife are resilient to disturbances like flooding, wildfires and the effects of the global climate crisis. We integrate the best available science, storytellling, economic and cultural considerations to create a sustainable future for rivers, fish, wildlife and people.
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