|If there’s one thing that can be said about folk troubadour CHUCK RAGAN, he rarely sits still. With half a dozen studio albums, live records, a video game soundtrack, and countless 7″s, he’s added one feather in his cap that he HAS to sit still for: fishing.
A consummate angler and guide, Chuck’s skill at fishing is the subject of LANDSICK, a short film from Costa Sunglasses and filmmaker Matt Devlin and producer Peter Vandergrift. Winning the award for Best Story at The Drake’s 12th Annual Video Awards, the documentary chronicles Chuck’s delicate balance between music, his family, and his fishing.
“For our film Landsick to be recognized and win Best Story at the Drake Film Awards was certainly an achievement that wasn’t even in our scope,” Chuck beams. “We all just did what we do and documented it along the way. To have an honor such as this given to us, it has eased the pain a bit of the endless nights, close calls and time away from family on the road. Peter Vandergrift and Matt Devlin worked insanely hard at pulling the piles of content together to weave the story that made Landsick the film that it is.”
“I knew Chuck through the fly fishing world but never knew about his other facets,” says Peter. “I was blown away when he started telling stories about his music and upbringing and thought viewers would be interested. It was important to get the story right so Matt and I spent countless hours, some of those secluded in a cabin up Rock Creek, working and reworking the narrative. I am proud this paid off with recognition from the fly fishing community by winning the Drake Film Award for Best Story.”
Adds Matt, “I have always wanted to tell stories through film that are worth telling. And after spending a day fly fishing in a driftboat on the Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana with Chuck Ragan and Peter Vandergrift, I knew Landsick was a film that warranted making.”
The film is traveling through the U.S. and upcoming screenings can be found here: