Smokin' Fish

The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills and keep his business afloat.

Cory Mann (Tlingit) is a quirky businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at a family's traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills and keep his business afloat.

Jed Riffe is an award-winning independent filmmaker who most recently served as a series and new media producer on California and the American Dream, an independently produced four-hour, nationally broadcast series on PBS.

Cory Mann is a quirky businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon and decides to spend a summer smoking fish. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food and keeping his business afloat.

Cory Mann is an emerging filmmaker from Juneau, Alaska. A Tlingit Indian from the Eagle Thunderbird Clan, his twin passions are Tlingit food and history.

Luke Griswold-Tergis is an emerging filmmaker from Haines, Alaska. He graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz where he studied cultural anthropology and social documentation.

Luke Griswold-Tergis met Cory Mann (Tlingit) while hitchhiking through Alaska—on a sailboat. “Luke and I became friends mainly because he was sleeping on my floor,” explains Mann. During his time spent in Alaska, Griswold-Tergis was struck by the recollection of Alaskan Native peoples’ history and traditions, but realized that the knowledge “is endangered, and people need to work on preserving it more.” As co-producers of the film Smokin’ Fish, Griswold-Tergis and Mann explore the Tlingit tradition of smoking fish from the perspective of Mann.

 
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