Temporary Site


This site will concern a movie being made about Fishtown, an artists' community at the mouth of the Skagit River in Washington State. The working title is "Forty Years in Fishtown." There were shacks which had been abandoned when net fishing was outlawed at the mouth of the Skagit River. About a dozen artists moved into them and were productive from the late 60s into the 80s. Fishtown was approachable only by a circuitous route by land or by boat. The Fishtown artists took their inspiration from the "Northwest Mystics," Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson and others. They worked in literature and visual arts... like the NW Mystics, they were greatly influenced by Asian art and literature

Fishtown resources below:

Here's my extended trailer on Fishtown.

There's a good Wikipedia article on Fishtown.

Short clip of the Fishtown poet Robert Sund talking to Margaret Lee, neighbor of Fishtown

Here's a blog with entries regarding Fishtown citizen Hans Nelson.

There was a Fishtown show at Kobo gallery in 2007.

Fred Owens has written on topics relating to Fishtown. Step carefully.

A memory of a boat trip to Fishtown.

Images of the beautiful Skagit Valley.

Charles Krafft, mayor of Fishtown and one of the 37 least powerful people in Seattle.

Profile of Charles Krafft.

Wikipedia article on Fishtown.

VR images of the 2010 Fishtown Show at the Museum of Northwest Art in Laconner


March 2016: Looking for photos of Fishtown. Please let me know if you know of any...thanks!

People always ask me how they can get to Fishtown. The answer is that you can't. It exists only in memory and the work that was done there.

I am currently working on funding for the rest of the film. If you have materials or can be of help in any way please contact 206 399 2010 or email pcford@criterionweb.com

or mail:

Pat Ford
Criterion Video
2442 NW Market #132
Seattle, WA 98107

Or...the most valuable movie-making material of all is money...We would appreciate it if you could help with this project. Thanks!!