People of the Salish Sea was one of the projects Washington Filmworks (WF) committed funding assistance to as part of our Innovation Cycle of the Filmworks Innovation Lab. The Lab is a groundbreaking program offering funding assistance to Washington filmmakers and filmmakers using emerging technologies.
People of the Salish Sea is the first documentary-based project to receive funding assistance through any of WF’s programs. The interactive project is made up of new media, including underwater mapping, online environments documenting the Canoe Journey, and community-produced storytelling. At the center of this project is Clearwater, a feature length documentary about the health of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) and the unique relationship of tribal people to the water.
Longhouse Media, producers of Clearwater, documented the 2013 Paddle to Quinalt this summer. The Canoe Journey creates opportunities for tribal members to re-learn, strengthen and reinforce their canoe traditions. As many as 90 US tribes participate each year, as well as Canadian First Nations and New Zealand tribes.
WF has been privy to their journey through “production diaries” and photos they’ve shared with us along the way. Get a feel for Clearwater through the entry below, penned by Melissa Woodrow, who serves as both Location Manager and Production Assistant on the project. You can also follow their journey through the Clearwater Facebook Page.