It has been nearly three years since FRONTLINE creator David Fanning contacted us to license Red Gold, a day we’ll certainly never forget. Another day we’ll never forget is when FRONTLINE kicked our asses out of Boston during the re-edit. It took a few months for them to realize that having the Red Gold name on their program was a bad idea, considering it was partly funded by donations from anti-Pebble non-profits. [you gotta respect their journalistic integrity] Travis, Lauren and I tucked our tails and headed home—knowing that the most important thing was that awareness of the issue would be spread into more than a million homes when this sucker airs [tonight!] After several more filming missions by us, and one by a PBS crew, “Alaska Gold” premieres all over the country tonight and should be available for streaming here at FRONTLINE. Thank you FRONTLINE for this phenomenal opportunity—even if our credits are buried deep, we couldn’t be more proud. Expect a drastically different film, more along the lines of the classic FRONTLINE style. —bk
Here’s the synopsis from FRONTLINE: The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It’s also home to enormous mineral deposits—copper, gold, molybdenum—estimated to be worth up to $500 billion. Now, two foreign mining companies are proposing to extract this mineral wealth by digging one of North America’s largest open-pit mines, the “Pebble Mine,” at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. FRONTLINE travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble, and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.