FHFF celebrates Earth Day with collection of free films from April 18-28

Submitted by the Friday Harbor Film Festival

Friday Harbor Film Festival, In collaboration with Earth Day Orcas and the San Juan Makers Guild, presents a special collection of thought-provoking and inspiring environmental documentaries to stream online from April 18-28th. All films are free with a pre-registered pass. Register at fhff.org. Let’s celebrate Earth Day 2024!

Covenant of the Salmon People

This documentary presents a portrait of the Nez Perce Tribe as they continue to carry out their ancient promise to protect Chinook salmon, cornerstone species and first food their people have subsisted on for tens of thousands of years. Director: Shane Anderson

The Lost Salmon

Of all the Pacific Salmon, the spring run of chinook is the most revered. Filmmaker Shane Anderson tells the story of a recent scientific breakthrough that provides crucial new insights into salmon genetics. This could offer a path to help save the king of salmon before they are lost forever.


This film shows how a small organization mobilized its island community to protect forests, farmlands, and shorelines from development in order to preserve a healthy rural way of life. Directors: Mark A. Dworkin and Melissa M. Young

The Bench

Local director Sam Nuttmann describes his film: “The Bench is a story of travel and transformation. We follow a path in life that leads us to whole new worlds and unexpected ways of being. But one thing is unavoidable – we are always changing. The story is simple and so is the imagery, letting nature and natural movements guide the way.”

Call of the Orcas

Call of the Orcas explores urgent efforts to protect the unique, endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, as seen through the eyes of one human champion, researcher Ken Balcomb. Can we learn to live in a way that sustains the orcas among us? Director: Jessica Plumb

Our Sacred Obligation

Our Sacred Obligation recounts the historic and now-threatened relationship between the Yurok Tribe and Klamath River salmon, as well as their leadership to protect it, recently leading to the decision to remove four dams on the Klamath River. Director: Jordon Riber

Into the Stillaguamish

In western Washington State, the Stillaguamish River ties together people, cultures, and livelihoods, all dependent on the river’s health. Into the Stillaguamish shows how one river can touch people from disparate walks of life who are brought together by shared interest in improving the river’s integrity. Directors: Jennifer Moslemi and Marita Davison

Island Marble Butterfly Conservation

An intimate look at the highly successful butterfly conservation program taking place at San Juan Island National Historical Park. The endangered island marble butterfly is only found in American Camp on the south end of San Juan Island. Host/Narrator/Writer: Trent Lieber

Earth Day Orcas 2024

This popular Eco Fair offers activities for all ages with art, music, science, poetry and returns to the Eastsound Waterfront on Saturday, April 20. The two day event opens with a wonderful poetry reading on Friday evening on the 19th. Details are available at https://sanjuanmakersguild.com/earthday24/