Luke Griswold-Tergis grew up at the end of a long dirt road in Northern California. He studied anthropology at University of California, Santa Cruz and traveled to Alaska soon after graduating. Commercial fishing wasn’t his cup of tea so he hitched north on a sailboat. In Juneau he met Cory who offered him a job selling trolley tickets to tourists and a floor to sleep on. Luke now lives part of the year on a sailboat in Alaska and part of the year in a renovated chicken coop in his uncle’s back yard in San Francisco.
About the Film
In the documentary Smokin' Fish, Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his 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, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. Through circumstances tragic, bizarre, and just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.