The Wild

Seattle, Washington | Film Feature

Documentary, Nature

Mark Titus

1 Campaigns | Washington, United States

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Believing the survival of one of the planet's most sustainable food sources had stabilized, an urgent threat emerges to spur fisherman/filmmaker Mark Titus back to the wilds of Alaska, where the people of Bristol Bay and its storied salmon runs face their greatest challenge to date.

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Mission Statement

Wild salmon’s annual return mirrors the cycle of childbirth, yet men have traditionally fished them. The vibrant female characters in THE WILD upend this expectation by transcending gender to bring this gift from the sea into the world, both as a perfect food and a profound symbol of self sacrifice.

The Story

Picking up where the 2014 award-winning documentary, The Breach left off - The Wild is an urgent call to action - examining what it means to save what we love.

 

 Salmon shield us from fear of death by showing us how to follow our course without fear, and how to give of ourselves for the sake of things greater than ourselves.

- David James Duncan: My Story as Told by Water

 

We live in a time of uncertainty - about the trajectory of our own lives, the lives of generations to come and the continued health of the planet we live on.  For millennia, wild salmon have survived ice ages, continental shifts and most destructively, human beings.  Their continued existence provides a glint of hope under the surface of malaise we now find ourselves in. 

 

When wild salmon return to their home rivers to spawn and die, their bodies are a sacrament - giving life to their progeny, the earth itself and human beings.  Their last act ensures that life will continue.   Right now, it may be up to us to ensure their very existence will continue.

 

By suddenly dismantling safeguards the EPA had enacted to protect the salmon, water and people of Bristol Bay - the current political regime in the United States has unilaterally revived a mining corporation’s relentless pursuit to build North America’s largest open-pit copper mine - directly in the headwaters of the most prodigious wild sockeye salmon run in the world.

 

The Wild is a race against time, where the hard-fought-for/hard-won protections for Bristol Bay now seem as fleeting as morning mist.  Focused through the lens of Mark Titus’ inherent love for wild salmon, the conflict in Alaska becomes a harbinger to a larger, global question:  How do we reconcile human separation from the natural world that sustains us – and if we can change course - how do we save what remains? 

 

How do you save what you love? 

 

 

 

 

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The most complex part of the journey - compressing 450 hours of footage into a 50+ minute film.

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Record narration, create a soundscape, original score, color correct, animate and create graphics.

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About This Team

Mark Titus is the witer, director, producer and cinematographer for The Wild.  

He's also the founder of August Island Pictures in Seattle. Mark has studied acting at the University of Oregon, directing at Vancouver Film School and directing actors with Judith Weston. Mark spent his 20s as an Alaskan fishing guide and during that time, began working on the craft of screenwriting – finishing several screenplays while living in the wilderness. In 2004, Mark Titus’ third script, TSONOQUA won the Washington State Screenplay Competition.  

As a filmmaker, Mark Titus directed the short documentary, Fins in 2003 as part of the Seattle International Film Festival’s Fly Filmmaking Program. The three shorts he’s produced since have screened at film festivals worldwide. The Breach is Mark Titus’ first feature documentary. It won Best International Documentary in its first film festival – the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland – and was selected as one of ten Best of Fest films at its North American premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2015 as well as the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival - April, 2015.

 

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