First day of production for the trailer

Conducting our first interview for the film Beyond the Salish Sea, a documentary by Daniel A. Cardenas

Our first day of production for our movie trailer turned out to be quite an adventure on the Salish Sea. After an incredible interview with Gwendolyn Hannam, owner of NW Environmental Services, we set off on the water to capture some beautiful shots of her at the helm. However, we encountered a challenge we didn’t anticipate.

The tide was unusually low, and even though my belief that sticking to the East side of the channel would keep us safe, we ran into trouble. To make matters worse, we found ourselves stuck in the silt at the bottom of the channel. No help was in sight, but we made the most of the situation and enjoyed the lovely weather, getting to know each other better. It turns out that there has been an unusual amount of silt build-up around the North end of the channel, close to the mouth of the Snohomish River. According to the Port of Everett, sediment has been pouring in at a much greater rate than usual at Everett’s 10th Street Boat Launch. The cause is due to more extreme weather events and a shift in the historical flows of the river. This past decade has seen more severe storms, and with it, more flooding, said Laura Gurley, the port’s director of planning. “With more water comes more sediment,”

Aground on the first day of production or Beyond the Salish Sea.

What’s happening in the Salish Sea?

Our conversation with Gwendolyn focused on what’s happening in the Salish Sea and our environment. She shared her passion for the well-being of our ecosystems. Discussing topics such as salmon recovery and the overall health of the Salish Sea. We also delved into the actions that ordinary people can take to protect our waterways and the potential consequences if we don’t take action.

I have taken on the role of an independent producer and director, driven by the urgency to tell the stories of preservation and the fight to save our waterways. The Salish Sea is not just a geographical marvel but a sanctuary teeming with life that deserves our unwavering attention.

Beyond the Salish Sea

In Beyond the Salish Sea, one of the topics we will delve deep into is the crucial importance of incorporating indigenous knowledge in water management and conservation. The Indigenous peoples, such as the Coast Salish tribes, have an intimate connection to these waters. Their wisdom can guide us toward a more sustainable future.

As an independent producer and director, I aim to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our coastlines and waterways. The film will explore conflicts such as habitat destruction and urban development. We’ll also highlight the impacts of climate change on the Salish Sea, including rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and extreme weather events. But there is hope, There are lots of good things happening in and around the Salish Sea that other coastal areas and take note of and take action.


I invite you to join us on this adventure by continuing to follow us and if you haven’t already, subscribe to updates on our production and insights into protecting our coastal areas. Together, we can shine a light on the challenges facing the Salish Sea. My goal is to inspire action to protect and preserve this precious ecosystem. Showing by example the work being done here can be done around the world. Your support and engagement will make a real difference. Let’s come together and be the voices for change.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to sharing this important journey with you.

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