Low & Clear

70 mins


According to J.T. Van Zandt, son of songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt, the biggest mistake that people make when fishing is that they try to catch fish. But his buddy Alex “Xenie” Hall sees it differently. Since their early years together flyfishing near Pagosa Springs, their lives have followed different paths. Van Zandt has “grown up” into daily responsibilities with less time to fish, but Hall still lives for the next steelhead. On a rare fishing trip together to British Columbia, Van Zandt stands stoically, trying to perfect his spey cast, landing nothing, while Hall whoops and hollers about his near-magical ability to catch fish. Low & Clear is about a friendship that resonates with humor and suffering, solitude and brashness. Fishing doesn’t always go the way we want it to, and that’s true about life, too. We can try to be the best, but as Hall says, “Just remember, ugly casts catch fish, too.”

Production Team

Tyler Hughens Kahlil Hudson

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2012 Mountainfilm Festival.

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