The Fish & The Flame

David Hutchinson, Page Buono, Nate Dappen | 2021 | 14 min.

2022 Official Selection

This film documents Jim White, an aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and his collaboration with a reclusive ranch manager, Tim Haarmann, to save an obscure fish from muddy asphyxiation and genetic roadblock (imagine the Habsburgs, but with gills). We answer such pressing questions as: how do you rescue fish from a burn area? Once rescued, what happens next? This is a story about a passionate biologist risking his neck for a species most people have never heard of. It’s also a light-hearted look at watersheds, and how both public agencies and private landowners can work together to protect landscapes from the cascading effects of development and climate change.

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