Unconquering the Last Frontier: The Epic Story of the Damming and Undamming of the Elwha River

Success Story

“Dear Robert,

…We are getting ready to go fish for chum salmon. I am sure you have heard by now, the fish are already starting to utilize the habitat up above where the projects used to be located. It is awesome, and it is going to keep getting better. I just want to say that I know in my heart that your film and the work you did had a huge impact on the ways things turned out and I am still very grateful to you for that work you did.”

Rachel L. Hagaman, Economic Development Director, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Unconquering the Last Frontier

101 Minute Feature Documentary Film.

Narrated by Gary Farmer and filmed in Washington State, “Unconquering the Last Frontier,” explores the causes and effects of the ongoing salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the Elwha River. Unconquering the last Frontier tells the story of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s struggle to survive in the shadow of hydropower development.

The film has been honored by film festivals around the world. It is in use by such notable universities as Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, and the University of Washington. It is in the collection of the Smithsonian/NMAI.

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This 101 minute feature film version offers a multi-dimensional view of the landmark restoration effort on the Elwha River.

Produced, Written and Directed by Robert Lundahl.
Supervising Producer, Chris Simon.
Cinematography by Robert Lundahl.
Location Audio, Peter Bettendorf, Scot Charles.
Film editing, Robert Lundahl.
Assistant Editor, Scott Griffin.
Video editor Chris Simon.

Full credits upon request.

Featuring Bosco Charles, Bea Charles, Adeline Smith.

©Robert Lundahl, RL | A, 1993-2014.