July 28 , 2022—Officials from Denver-based Dorsey Pictures, Chicago-based Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, and the Portland-based Native Fish Society have announced the production of Upstream: The Journey Home, a global giant screen and IMAX film event.
The film will be narrated by rock music legend, avid angler, and conservationist Huey Lewis. “Few celebrities are doing more to advance the health of our planet than Huey Lewis,” says the film’s Executive Producer, Charlie Potter. Potter also serves as President and CEO of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, the leader in conservation communications and advancing education of the wonders of water and wildlife to our youth. McGraw led the making of the recently released IMAX/giant screen film Wings Over Water 3D, narrated by Michael Keaton, that is currently playing in nearly 30 cities worldwide. That film is a joint venture between McGraw, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Audubon Society and showcases the importance of the 275,000-square mile prairie wetlands that produce some 70 percent of North America’s water birds.
“We are excited to be a part of what promises to change the way people see our migratory fish species and the coastal ecosystems they depend upon,” says Tom Derry, Executive Director of the Native Fish Society.
The film will showcase the stunning environments salmon and steelhead occupy along with myriad other species including bears and whales that also depend on these ecosystems. Along the way, viewers will learn about these keystone species and what they’re telling us about the health of our planet.
“The venture is more about igniting a conservation movement than it is merely making a movie,” says Chris Dorsey, the film’s co-Executive Producer. “Through a proprietary network reaching more than 10,000 school systems, Upstream: The Journey Home, will match educational curriculum with stunning content to make future leaders aware of the importance of preserving these vital ecosystems."
In addition to the IMAX and giant screen film, Upstream will be seen by global television and streaming audiences and will create a worldwide conversation about saving some of the planet’s most valuable fish species and the vital ecosystems they depend upon.
“I’m a steelhead angler who cherishes the stunning environments they inhabit,” says Lewis. “It was easy to sign on to something I’m already so passionate about saving.”
Source: Dorsey Pictures