GAA Films’ intimate portrayal of a life spent salmon farming
Established in 2016, GAA Films is a documentary short film series highlighting the untold stories of the people and places around the world practicing aquaculture. GAA uses film as a platform to show that the industry is driven by people we can all relate to. By telling practitioner’s personal stories, we can reduce stigmas and misconceptions surrounding the industry and hopefully inspire pride for the professionals having a positive impact in seafood.
This month, GAA will be traveling to the southernmost, largest, and second least populated region of Chile – the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region – to continue the series and film the sixth and newest installment of GAA Films. Filming will take place at the southernmost tip of South America – colloquially known as ‘the end of the world’. Given recent public attention on aquaculture and as misconceptions continue to spread, GAA will be embarking on this project with the intention to share the story of one family man that has struggled to find his place in the ever fluctuating seafood workforce. Chile is an artisanal and commercial fishing hub, as well as one of the most diverse and thriving locations for aquaculture in the world.
Chile’s cultural and scenic richness makes it the perfect setting to show how these wild-caught and farm-raised intersect to reveal a challenging but hopeful story for seafood and its workers.
Since its inception three years ago, GAA Films has released five episodes highlighting these unique stories. From trout farming in rural Mexico, to mussel farming on the coast of Maine, and from a multi-generational family-owned oyster farm in Ireland, to young fish farmers in the tropical waters of Hawaii, and more recently, a mother-daughter shrimp farming duo in Indonesia – aquaculture is diverse, and salmon farming in Chile is sure to be a compelling addition to the series.
Films from the series have been accepted to 13 International Film Festivals, with two awards in environmental categories to date.
GAA’s Film Producer, Becky Holt, will be collaborating with Timber + Frame Media, an EMMY award-winning video production company to create GAA Film’s most intimate and pertinent film yet.
Episode Six of GAA Films will premiere in 2020.