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A restoration and re-release of the timeless documentary film written and narrated by David James Duncan. In tribute to the filmmakers.
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Important Update: Our Quest for 100 Supporters!

We are on a mission to reach 100 pledge supporters. More individuals and businesses backing this project equates to more leverage in marketing and distribution! Every pledge in the last days of the campaign will fund essential elements such as editing, closed captioning, sound mixing, color correction, bonus features, and post-production expenses. Trout Grass: The Revival Edition is set to continue its legacy as "a beautifully crafted film." 

David James Duncan at home on a Montana river. Photo by Yogesh Simpson
David James Duncan at home on a Montana river. Photo by Yogesh Simpson

Help us Revive the International Journey of Trout Grass 

We seek your generous support because this treasured documentary film needs a major restoration and key technological upgrades to ensure mainstream distribution success. 

Let's bring this film back for Andy and Ed, the Trout Grass filmmakers who passed away in recent years.

Originally released in 2005, the master video tape and glass DVD were lost when floods from Superstorm Sandy hit our distributor’s offices in 2012.

Our specific goals for putting your generous Kickstarter pledges to work are included in the list below. The items in bold are currently either underway or in pre-production. Brilliant creative teams are joining forces to revive Trout Grass (linked in blue), so please check out their awesome work!

  •  Converting a PAL-formatted (European encoded system) Digital Betacam video tape to a ProRes HQ 422 digital file.  Team: AVConservation & Wall Street Productions of Michigan.
  • Preparing the master digital file for the streaming service specifications of Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, and others. 
  • Recording a DVD bonus commentary track with David James Duncan and Glenn Brackett.
  • Re-editing and modernizing the original Trout Grass title and end credit sequences. Team: Square State Film of Wyoming.
  • Preparing and synching the commentary track audio. Team: Square State Film. 
  •  Collecting, formatting, and editing archival footage and interviews for the DVD and digital stream bonus features. Team: Caldera Communications of Wyoming.
  •  Designing and writing the new DVD covers, website, and marketing materials. Team: Jessica Perry of Creative Blue Yonder, and Caldera Communications, both of Wyoming.
  • Hand-pulled poster screenprinting and production. Team: Pine Print Shop of Colorado. 
  • Authoring, manufacturing, and replicating an initial run of 1500 Special Feature DVDs with Oasis Disc signature eco-friendly cases. Team: Oasis Disc Manufacturing of New Jersey.
  • Create closed caption and subtitle options. 
  • Establish marketing and distribution channels for delivery to worldwide audiences. 
Trout Grass producer and bamboo importer Andy Royer on location in Aozai, China. Photo by Kyle George.
Trout Grass producer and bamboo importer Andy Royer on location in Aozai, China. Photo by Kyle George.

A Tribute to the Creative Forces of Trout Grass 

The film's production lasted nearly three years and spanned two countries, including locations in China, Seattle, Montana, Wyoming, Florida, and Arizona. Andy Royer and Ed George were there, guiding the operations, every dynamic step of the way.

Recently, these two energetic creators of Trout Grass passed on to the spirit world. Producer, co-writer, and bamboo extraordinaire Andy parted from two daughters and a wife when he died in 2015 after a years-long battle with cancer. Director and cinematographer Ed left unexpectedly in 2016 following a heart attack. Ed’s first gig in filmmaking was as an assistant on the legendary Woodstock documentary, shot 50 years ago this summer!

Trout Grass is an important part of Ed and Andy's dynamic body of work, and it must continue to be available and discoverable for audiences. Trout Grass: The Revival Edition is a tribute to the two innovators.   

Cinematographer Ed George enjoying a day's work in Montana. Photo from ThisIsBozeman.com
Cinematographer Ed George enjoying a day's work in Montana. Photo from ThisIsBozeman.com

"A Beautifully Crafted Film." 

Trout Grass: The Revival Edition. A legendary rod maker treks to the source of his inspiration. A craftsman halfway around the planet encounters "spirits of the bamboo world." A writer-angler contemplates the power of our connection to rivers. And diverse audiences discover what it takes to convert a piece of grass into a six-sided baton ready to conduct an orchestra of trout and water. 

The documentary Trout Grass unveils the joys of international camaraderie, fine craftsmanship, and majestic rivers as it tracks the 10,000-mile passage of bamboo around the world. From a lush forest in remote China, to a rustic workshop in Montana, this film traces the transition of bamboo from a living plant to a finished fly rod. 

Trout Grass has always been an international journey into the passion of fly fishing, but it is also a captivating window into the life force of rivers and the intricate bonds of sustainable craftsmanship.

The film appeals not only to fly fishers and bamboo enthusiasts, but also fans with interests in cultural heritage, meaningful work, and the beauty of our Earth's people and places. 

Ed George and split-cane aficionado Hoagy B. Carmichael getting the shot. Photo by Kyle George.
Ed George and split-cane aficionado Hoagy B. Carmichael getting the shot. Photo by Kyle George.

Words and Images Built to Last

Trout Grass achieved great success upon its release in 2005. The film was featured at a dozen festivals throughout North America and Europe, including the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, and Bend Film in Oregon. The producers were awarded "Best of Festival" and "Audience Choice" at several screenings. About 5,000 DVDs sold in North America during the first few years of release. The documentary aired on Public Broadcast Service affiliates throughout the western United States. 

But, hey, as Louis Carlozo of the Chicago Tribune noted, "If it sounds like the stuff of a public-TV yawner, guess again: [David James] Duncan wastes nary a word as he tackles his subject with a poet's passion and reporter's zeal."

The film never grows old. Its pace is as soothing as the flow of mountain streams. And like the meticulously crafted split cane fly rods on display in the film, the writing, cinematography, and music are each created by masters of their art. 

Reap Your Rewards—Exclusive Posters, DVDs, Downloads, or a Custom Fly Rod

Depending on your inclinations, the most exciting benefit from your Trout Grass: The Revival Edition pledge might be the custom bamboo fly rod from Sweetgrass Rods of Montana. Glenn Brackett, featured in the film, is generously crafting one of his prized creations as an enticement for your support! 

A custom Sweetgrass Rod by one of the stars of Trout Grass, Glenn Brackett.
A custom Sweetgrass Rod by one of the stars of Trout Grass, Glenn Brackett.

Wyoming's own Jessica Perry of Creative Blue Yonder pairs nicely with Trout Grass! Jessica is currently fine-tuning designs for the limited edition, three-color screenprinted poster, hand-pulled by the artists at Pine Print Shop. She's also covering the Revival Edition DVD, new website, and future marketing materials. 

Below is a draft for the DVD cover. We want to keep an element of surprise for the poster, so log on, pledge, and stay tuned for updates on this multi-faceted production! 

Draft layout for the Revival Edition DVD cover. Design by Jessica Perry of Creative Blue Yonder.
Draft layout for the Revival Edition DVD cover. Design by Jessica Perry of Creative Blue Yonder.

Risks and challenges

The greatest uncertainty facing Trout Grass: The Revival Edition is time. The sooner we can complete the restoration, special features, and re-release, the better it will be for audiences worldwide, and the sooner we can commemorate Andy and Ed.

But if the Revival Edition is anything like the original production of Trout Grass, things will work out marvelously, and your generosity and support will result in a fantastic success.

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    Watch Trout Grass & Name in Credits

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    The Revival Edition DVD

    Trout Grass: The Revival Edition DVD manufactured by Oasis Disc features an eco-friendly Digipak case and full menu of Special Features. Ask us about options for shipping outside of the United States.

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    Autographed Trout Grass Revival DVD

    Score early with this limited edition DVD signed by the renowned Trout Grass writer and narrator, David James Duncan. Only 30 available at this pledge amount. Get one while you can!

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    Limited Edition Screenprinted Poster

    A three-color Trout Grass Revival poster signed and numbered by designer Jessica Perry. The 12.5" x 19" poster is a hand-pulled serigraph. Only 50 available at this pledge amount! Plus, you will receive these two awesome rewards:

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    Revival Gratitude Package

    We are so grateful for you! Enjoy this hot package as appreciation for your Revival generosity. A three-color hand-pulled serigraph poster signed and numbered by designer Jessica Perry. Plus a Special Features DVD autographed by renowned author David James Duncan. Only 20 available and limited to the U.S.A!

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    Revival Retail Package

    A sweet reward for our generous local fly shops, online vendors, and gear retailers. The package includes a limited edition poster for display in your shop, plus up to 7 copies of the bonus features DVD for your retail sales. And of course your shop's name in the end credits. Thank You! From one small business to another. Free USA shipping included.

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Are you ready to produce? It is easy (hah)! Receive an Associate Producer credit on screen and the DVD cover. Plus, choose any or all of the other available awards!

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    Revival Sponsorship Package

    Your business name will be featured with a special "Presented by" title card in the opening credits of the film. The exclusive Revival Sponsorship also includes up to 20 Trout Grass Revival DVDs for your shop or retail outlets and up to three screenprinted posters for display. Limited only to businesses with cool names. :) Trout Grass Revival never looked so good!

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    Custom Bamboo Fly Rod by Sweetgrass!

    Glenn Brackett, the master rod maker featured in Trout Grass, will build one sweetly generous Revival supporter a custom fly rod from his shop at Sweetgrass Rods in Montana! Plus, a choice of any or all of the other rewards. Ask us about shipping options outside the U.S.A.

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