“The Fish Between the Falls,” a new film by George Sibley will screen at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Friday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.
This documentary tells the story of the effort to restore the endangered white sturgeon on the Kootenai River.
White sturgeon are the largest and one of the oldest fish in North America. Kootenai River White Sturgeon are a special population of these special fish, found only in one small river flowing through northern Montana and the Panhandle of Idaho and up into British Columbia.
Kootenai River White Sturgeon have not been reproducing successfully in the wild since Libby Dam started operations in 1972 and much of the river was diked. The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho’s releases of juveniles from its hatchery program are now the only source of new sturgeons in the river.
A filmmaker for more than 40 years, Sibley has previously brought his movies “Ordeal by Fire,” about the Big Burn of 1910, and “In the Shadow of David Thompson,” about the famous Northwest explorer, to the library.
As an English major at the University of Massachusetts, Sibley was half the movie crew for the school’s Film and Video Center from 1966-68 and continued filming and editing for the US Air Force 1969 to 1973. He made films for Penn State University’s PBS station, WPSX, from 1975 to 1979, including filming, editing and directing a film arguing for the protection of Alaska's federally owned wild lands and a documentary about stamp collecting which featured actor Ernest Borgnine.
As a free-lancer, he worked in the Middle East and in London, England through 2000 making corporate movies during the period when film was gradually being replaced by video as a production medium, then tried his hand at setting up his own production company again in 2001, this time based in Florida and shooting video. That company, Gale Force Films, has been making films on conservation, science and historical subjects ever since.
“The Fish Between the Falls” was created with the support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Humanities, the Idaho Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.