About the Film

During a winter flyfishing trip to Canada, two old friends, J.T. Van Zandt and Alex "Xenie" Hall, learn they've have grown apart in more ways than one.  J.T., the thoughtful even-keeled son of a songwriting legend believes there's more to fishing than catching fish.  Short-tempered Xenie, a "firewood salesman," sees it differently and fishes like it's a race against the clock.  Their different approaches to fishing and life emerge and clash on the snowy river banks and damp hotel rooms of British Columbia in this true story of a friendship stretched to the breaking point.  An exploration of life in the disappearing wilderness of the West, Low & Clear unfolds with moments of humor and pathos, success and failure, as J.T. and Xenie find themselves on a fishing trip that could be their last.






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Tyler is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and writer who has worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as part of a expedition research team for the past decade.

Tyler has spent a lifetime outdoors, flyfishing, surfing and snowboarding as a way of life. His remote field and logistic experience have been proven in some of the loneliest places on earth, but there's no place he'd rather be than home in Cardiff with his wife Sarah, and two young boys Oliver and Evan.

Published work can be found in Explorations, The Drake, Catch, Lonely Planet, Southwest Flyfishing and numerous scientific journals. Tyler has a BA in Photography from MSU Bozeman.

Kahlil (Tlingit) was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. Kahlil works a day job as a cinematographer on features and commercials for clients including: Discovery, History Channel, MTV, Showtime, Yahoo!, Nikon, Interscope Records, MSNBC, Starz, Nike and PBS.

 He recently shot the 2011 SXSW Audience Award winning film "Kumare" and the PBS slated documentary "The Thick Dark Fog" which won the American Indian Film Festival Best Feature Documentary Award.  Kahlil's MFA film "The Nemesis Bird" won the UCLA Director's Spotlight Award and premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Kahlil lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Mikiko and daughter Violet Sol.
Born in San Fransisco, Alex grew up flyfishing in Wyoming and Idaho. Alex is a filmmaker, editor and post-production supervisor who began his career in the editorial department for Spike Lee's 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks. He has worked on numerous films including She Hate Me and Inside Man

In 2010, Alex was named to Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" for his documentary series "Sparrow Songs." His films have played at SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, IDFA, True/False, Full Frame, MassMOCA and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. He holds an MFA in Film from UCLA.
Doug Major grew up amidst the tenacious and inspiring music scenes of New Jersey and New York City. He received a BM from Berklee College of Music and got his start in music production and film scoring while working at Blue Note Records in NYC.

Doug was a member of the critically acclaimed neo-soul rock group Phonofly. Touring nationally as a guitarist playing everything rock, folk, country, jazz, soul, and electronica, Doug¹s work has grown to defy genre.

When he is not scoring films and jingles for clients that include Applebees and Coca Cola, Doug works as a music supervisor and cross-platform music consultant.


Paste Magazine: "The best documentary of the year so far"
Movies.com: "A terrific work"
Field and Stream: "The best fly fishing movie ever"
Vox Magazine: "Glowing clarity and emotional depth"
Ioncinema: "Masterfully made"
Blog: Big thoughts from a small mind: "Gorgeous, a marvel from a technical standpoint"
Blog: Chi Wulff: "See it, you won't regret it"
Arts Fuse: "A lyrical poem"
Arkansas Times: "The best surprise of this years festival"
Stlmag: "Would do Hemingway proud"
Columbia Daily tribune: "Stands out like a beacon"
Paste Magazine: The eight best films from True/False 2012


Dallas, Texas
DOCUMENTARY FILM COMPETITION Friday 4/13/2012, 7:30pm, Angelika 8 Saturday 4/14/2012, 2:30pm, Angelika 7

Austin, Texas
WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING Monday, March 12, 5:15PM - 6:35PM, Violet Crown 1 Thursday, March 15, 9:00PM -10:20PM, Venue: Alamo Ritz 2 Saturday, March 17, 9:15PM -10:35PM, Venue: Alamo Ritz 2

Columbia, Missouri
Sneak Preview Screenings Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 / 7:30PM / Little Ragtag Friday, Mar 2, 2012 / 4:30PM / Forrest Theater Saturday, Mar 3, 2012 / 2:30PM / Little Ragtag

September 30, 2011 7:00pm
Sneak Preview Screening


"Low and Clear" DVD — Now shipping


SXSW Film Festival's "Audience Award" winning documentary follows two old friends on a reunion flyfishing trip to British Columbia that could be their last.

70 Min -- NTSC.-- 5.1 Surround Sound.
Bonus Features: deleted scenes, "Northwoods" short film & "Making Of".


$25 +$5 for shipping

Official 18x24 "Low & Clear" Poster — Now shipping


Original artwork by Skye Walker.

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