We are creating a documentary about Fishtown, a community of artists at the mouth of the Skagit River in Washington State. The dwellings at Fishtown were humble 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. Much like the NW Mystics, the artists of Fishtown were greatly influenced by Asian art and literature.

Below is a version of the documentary from several years ago. We are working on a much updated version with more interviews and drone footage of the Fishtown area. There are more Fishtown resources below:

Fishtown poet Robert Sund reading a couple short poems in the early 90s

There's a good Wikipedia article on Fishtown.

Short clip of Robert 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





Please share with me any items or people that you believe should be included. In particular, we need photos of the shacks at Fishtown. Please let me know if you know of any...thanks!
Thanks to all of you who have supported the project in the past. It is moving ahead. I have recently received footage of Robert Sund circa early 90s. Please sign up for our mailing list.
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 a recipient of a generous grant from 4Culture; 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

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