After an intense week of online fish voyeurism, the votes have been tallied and Doc of the Drakes wins the 2011 Peoples’ Choice honors by a tidal wave.
The film, which pits Parkinson’s inflicted flyfisher “The Doc”—with veteran guide Pete Wood—against Silver Creek’s Brown Drake mayhem, collected 520 of 1,280 total votes logged during the online polling session. The film also clinched Best Story at the 2011 Drake Video Awards showdown in New Orleans last month.
Filmmaker Bryan Huskey says, “I remember back several years ago when my film Lord Of The Flies was selected for the Drake awards. As a complete privateer with no training, skills, or decent equipment I was so stoked to be in the mix.
“I’m now just proud and grateful to have been with the right people at the right time to capture this cool story.”
Wood is one of several guides on the Silver Creek Outfitters’ staff, based in Ketchum, Idaho. Huskey has known him for about a decade, but had only heard about The Doc (Dr. Robert Franklin) and his condition and never met him prior to filming.
“I really had no intention to shoot such an emotional story, it materialized organically,” Huskey says. “The film came out of thin air, simply hoping to get some cool Drake footage. It developed right in front of the camera.”
Riding High by Waterline Media (249 votes) and Mission Impossible by Will Benson (133 votes) took second and third place respectively. For a complete list of 2011 results, as well as all films featured in this year’s line-up, see the 2011 Video Finalists.