Cinema By The Bay Film Festival 2010: Rivers Of A Lost Coast – Review and Trailer

The story of Northern California’s fly-fishing and the history of the rivers to which fly fishermen have been casting from can not properly be told without telling the story of Legendary fishermen Bill Schaadt and his life-long rival Ted Lindner.  So, director Justin Coupe has done just that.  By juxtaposing old photographs with interviews from those who have been fishing since as early as the 1930s, Rivers of a Lost Coast seeks to shed light on how the current state of fly-fishing in California came to be.

Being a fan of almost any sport, I can not think of anything more boring than watching fishing on TV, with the exception of bowling and curling (shuffleboard on ice).  And, not being a fisherman, or anything close to resembling one, naturally my hopes for this film were pretty darn low.  After all, this is an entire film dedicated to fly-fishing and the history of Northern California’s rivers!  This film had the word ‘boring’ written all over it.  However, all preconceived notions of the potentially painful 84 minute boreatomy I was about to put myself through were cast away (no pun intended) just as the first few minutes of film began to roll.

Rivers of a Lost Coast has the captivating allure of a good fish tale.  The film is told through interviews from people who could easily pass for that one manly man type uncle which everybody has, and is narrated by the “ruggedly handsome” (quoted from his IMDB profile page) Tom Skerritt.

At this point in my review I feel a warning must be made to any woman or hairless man wishing to see this film.  The testosterone emitted from this film will put hair on your chest.  I know, because I now have two more than I did prior to watching this film.

The film’s only flaw was in its relentlessly overdramatic musical accompaniment.  The music played throughout the duration of this film sounded like something directors would insert into their movie in order to elicit tears from their audiences during a dramatic conclusion.  Perhaps this is why the ending of the film seemed so anti-climactic, doing little to make me give a damn about the dams which are currently hurting the flow of sturgeon in California’s northern rivers.

Musical selection aside though, Rivers of a Lost Coast is still an entertaining documentary, and not just for those who enjoy fishing.

Showtimes for Rivers of a Lost Coast:

November 7, 2010 2:00pm @ The Roxie Theater (3117 16th Street)

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