Written by: Peter Laurelli
Over four years ago, I wrapped up SIFF13: Islands, and started a new season filming for what I thought would be the next annual project. Four years later, it’s finished. Within those four years, I drove more than 20,000 miles to connect with migrating bass and false albacore. I divided a family, found new love and understanding, and began again. I brought pain and hardship to some, but also hope and joy to several others. Throughout it all, perhaps as a means of escape, for solitude, for personal reflection, I fished and filmed just about all of it. SIFF18 is the result.
“Four Years For Life” represents the time passed, and what that time provided. The goal of these projects has always been the same: to try and recreate the images and feelings of the moments on the water. These moments last within us, filmed or not, but I felt a need to vividly relive them, spending as much time within them as possible.
This is a long piece, it runs about 33 minutes. (You can see the one-minute teaser above.) It’s best watched on as large a screen as you can, with as good a sound device as possible. Every image, every inch of music, every word, every cut, every fade, every transition and just about every color profile has been reviewed countless times, all to give a designed feeling. It has been a labor of love, and I hope it resonates somewhere within you, too.
Peter Laurelli lives in New York, and he has been making SIFF (Surf & Inshore Fly Fishing) videos about his adventures on the water since 2009.