We stumbled across this nomination annoucnement the other day, and thought it well worthy of a share. “Ocean to Idaho” focuses on the dwindling salmon migration that occurs up the Columbia River and ascends into the high mountains of Idaho. This once prolific fish movement has been reduced over the years by development and dams, and Kris Millgate tells that story in her now Emmy-nominated project!

Ocean to Idaho is a visual experience offering audiences the opportunity to track salmon migration 850 miles from Oregon’s coast to Idaho’s wilderness.

The road trip for field production of Ocean to Idaho debuted on social media platforms in summer 2020 as TLM CEO and outdoor journalist Kris Millgate lived and worked out of a Toyota Tundra paired with Four Wheel Campers. Bi-weekly episodes provided fans with a virtual adventure through the Pacific Northwest while also revealing the process of shooting a film solo during a pandemic.

“Broken cameras, bruises, stitches, and skin cancer. I wasn’t expecting any of that. I was as worn out as the fish by the time we made it to mile 850,” says Millgate a journalist for 25 years. “Then I had to cut 25 hours of footage down to a 26-minute show. It was like shoving stepsister’s foot into Cinderella’s slipper.”

Nominations: 

  • Nominated for two Emmys (environment and videojournalist)
  • Official selection of Wild and Scenic Film Festival
  • 2022 Official selection of Colorado Environmental Film Festival
  • 2022 Winner of IndieFest Award of Excellence Women Filmmakers category
  • Winner of IndieFest Award of Excellence Nature/Wildlife category

What happened in front of the camera is in the film. What happened behind the camera is in Millgate’s new book My Place Among Fish. To host a film screening or book signing, contact Tight Line Media.



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