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In just a short couple weeks, I’ll be heading out to Colorado for the 2015 Breckenridge Film Festival. As some of you may already know, our film – A Deliberate Life – was selected for the festival as part of their Adventure Reel (we’re in with some seriously fast company). That said, the film managed to get some fantastic coverage in the Festival’s official trailer.

Here’s to a great showing in the mountains. I’ll be sure and post pics.

— fp


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So, if you haven’t heard: A Deliberate Life has been released and is now available for purchase on Blu-ray disc and Vimeo on Demand. That’s right, we’ve finally let the hound run. And early reports have it visiting homes in seven different countries so far. That’s pretty damn cool.
Off and running
That said, I want to take some time to spread some much-needed and much-deserved love. There were a shit-ton of great people behind us, but I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Matt White, Dustin Lutt and Brian Keeler at Rockhouse Motion (@rockhousemotion in IG) for their bullet-proof cinematographic talent, Victor Cooper and Nick Pujic at Vantage Point Media for their seamless editing craftsmanship, TC Pellett and Tim Winter for their impeccable design prowess, Rebecca Garlock for her uncanny web savvy and her voice of reason in a few semi-unhinged moments, and Grant Taylor for his inspired photographic ability and friendship – this all started with our poorly planned, hip-shot, fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants step into traffic. Couldn’t have done it without him.

Thanks also goes to our generous sponsors: Kast Gear, Coleman Camping, Howler Brothers, Smithfly, RIO, Loon Outdoors, Thomas & Thomas, and Fly Fusion Magazine. Make sure you give them some love as well.

Thanks in advance for supporting us through your purchase of the film on Blue-ray disc or Vimeo on Demand.

If you’re so moved, we’d love to hear from you.

Be well.



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Back in 2013 we were excited to have the extended trailer of A Deliberate Life selected for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) and its tour of cities all over North and South America. It was that year-long journey, and the thousands of individual (and equally as important) journeys the trailer made, that introduced us to so many of you who shared stories of hope, fear, anxiety, pain, acceptance, change, celebration, fulfillment, freedom, and happiness. Of your own deliberate steps in this life. To say that the response we received, and still receive today, was profound would be a significant understatement. I continue to be both humbled by, and in awe of the steps you all have taken.

Flash forward to today – February 25, 2015. Well over two years since we returned from shooting the film out west, and since the trailer debuted at the Denver Fly Fishing Show. The film is now complete and measures 33-minutes in length. The Blu-ray master is on its way for duplication and packaging, and we’re planning on releasing it for sale on disc (right here on silofour.com) and through Vimeo on Demand (check it.) in the next couple weeks. I am biased — but it’s beautiful. And I am proud of everyone involved in bringing the film to life. For me, standing for, and standing by it has proven to be the best decision I’ve made in a long, long time. It was meant to be.

A Deliberate Life Blu-ray

To add to the big news… thanks to our friends at Vantage Point Media House, this weekend we’re honored to be traveling north of the border to Ontario, CA for another film festival (non-outdoors or fly fishing!! No kidding!) that the full-length film was selected for: The Belleville Downtown Doc Fest. This three-day festival features documentary films that celebrate life and human dignity around the world and here at home. And the heartbeat goes on.

Please stay tuned here, our Facebook page, or Twitter feed for the pending release of the film (I’ll announce on my fishingpoet Instagram feed as well). Definitely check out the digital download if you simply can’t wait for the Blu-ray.


Be well, all.
And thanks, again.

Sweet release


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With all of the stops and starts, elation and disappointments, hope and good old fashioned f@$! it. I give up that’s happened over the last two years while trying to wrangle this film, I feel like I’ve been stuck in DC traffic on the Beltway (for those who’ve never experienced it – count your blessings). Well, it’s time to hit the exit and run for some country roads.

Over the last couple months I’ve been working with Victor Cooper and Nick Pujic from Vantage Point Media House on the film. They’ve been fitting it in between sorties to BC to shoot episodes of Shorelines with April Vokey for WFN and who-knows-where-else around the globe for everything else.

I’m happy to report that we’re in the final push on the film. Final enough that I’m making the trip up to Canada the first week of October to go through the last of the edits before the film heads into the balance of post-production spit and polish.

Holy shit, we’re close. And I’m humbled by, and proud of how it’s turning out. While I never completely gave up hope, there were many days, weeks, months that I figured the project and story would simply drift off for good like campfire smoke. Thankfully, like campfire smoke, its smell stayed in my clothes and brought me back around with fantastic, unexpected reminders.

Anyhow, thank you for your patience. Spread the word. Stay tuned.

Be well.


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More breaking news from the Silo4 camp:

We’ve put the editorial weight of the film in the exceedingly capable hands of Nick Pujic and his team at Vantage Point Media House in Belleville, Ontario. They’ve already shared a rough cut of the front-end of the film with us. And it’s fantastic. We’ve fleshed-out our package design for the DVD and are working out the details of a digital download option as well. We’ve also set our sites on several film festivals around the country and have had around a dozen people already ask to host screenings in their home cities. And the extended trailer just aired on the WFN as part of their Fly Fishing Films Marathon. Positive steps all-around.

I’d apologize for the additional delay in releasing the film, if it weren’t for the fact that I’m confident it will be worth the wait. But I am tremendously grateful for your patience, and the beyond-gracious support of talented friends.

More to come soon!



The edit


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We’ve got the storyline and narrative built.
We’ve got our soundtrack selected.
We’ve got all our video assets organized and ready to flow with the words and music.
And now we’ve got our deadline.

A Deliberate Life will be released by the end of May.

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the finish line.


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Breaking news from the Silo4 camp:
We’re back in the edit suite working on the full-length film.

We know, it’s been a long time coming, and we apologize for the radio silence. Needless to say, there’s some new life beating in the heart of the project and it’s time to finish the story. It’s time.

We’ll keep you posted on how it’s going and an ETA for its release. In the meantime, here’s the extended trailer that toured with IF4:

A Deliberate Life – 18-minute IF4 extended trailer from Silo4 on Vimeo.

Thank you again for your continued support and kind words. Y’all are stellar.



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This past Friday evening we hosted a screening of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at The Little Theater in Rochester, NY. Doors opened a little before six and we were greeted by folks already getting in line for tickets. Once everyone had their seats, we kicked off the night with a few Thank You’s and a whole bunch of door prizes that included restaurant gift certificates, ball caps from Kast Gear and Thomas & Thomas, fly lines from Airflo and RIO, and a killer box of hand-tied bass flies from Mike Simmons.

Then, the main attraction…the films.

About halfway through the line-up we took a short break and made some people very happy with our big raffle items: a Heavyweight Tech Top and Hell Razor Jacket from Kast Gear, a 9′ 6wt NS fly rod from Thomas & Thomas, guided fly fishing trips from Jackson’s Fly Fishing and Wide Sky Fly Fishing, a beautiful framed Snake River Cutthroat photograph print from Grant Taylor and a breathtaking painting of the Payette River in Idaho by Beth Smythe (fishingpoet’s mom).

After the break we got back to the films, including our own – A Deliberate Life.
And it was pretty damn fantastic seeing it on the big screen.

But when everything was said and done, it was a stellar evening, shared with stellar people. We are wildly grateful to everyone who came out to support us, and also those that couldn’t make it but gave us a shout anyhow. Thank you all.

Thank you also to James Bogue, T.C. Pellett and Joe Mayernik for not only being seriously cool cats, but for taking some fantastic pics too.


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Well, here we are. A day shy of May 1st and it feels like I should already be looking for the end of the summer to round the corner at any minute. Needless to say, things have been inordinately busy in this neck of the woods. And by inordinately busy, I mean fighting tooth and nail to keep my head up and feet under me — which I suppose is better than the dead-in-the-water alternative.

Judging distance. Payette River, ID. Grant Taylor photographer

For those of you playing along at home, most don’t know that in addition to authoring my own blog when I can steal time (and a creative spark), I’ve got a full-time gig writing marketing copy and managing digital and social media for a stable of clients. And Grant has a full-time commercial photography business running at several hundred miles-an-hour. Unfortunately, that means the time we hoped to have available to spend in the edit suite working on the film has suffered. Especially when we have to rely on the good-will and spare time of editor-friends and then fess that up with our own frustrated schedules. I thought I understood just how much labor actually goes into a labor of love. I suppose I should also understand that life has a way of calling its own shots sometimes.

We’ve had nothing short of a fantastic response to our call for pre-orders of the full length film. You all have helped us reach our initial goal, which will allow us to pay for packaging, DVD/CD duplication and actually shipping the finished product to your respective mailboxes. For that we cannot be more grateful. However, we had originally set our sites on finishing everything up in time for a mid-May release of the full-length film — coinciding with the IF4 screening in our home town of Rochester, NY.

Grant and I have since come to realize that we need to do some adjusting for windage. And distance. Actually, it probably wouldn’t hurt to swap out the pea-shooter we’ve been aiming for a 30-06.

So, in an effort to keep you in the loop as best as we can, and manage all of our expectations — we wanted to let you know that we’re looking at getting this thing wrapped-up by July. You have no idea how painful it is for Grant and I to push the release back. We wanted so badly to be able to put copies in all of your hands sooner. But the tough reality is that in order for us to put 100% of ourselves into this and produce a film that will live up to my own neurotic/OCD/creative demands (Grant’s even pickier than me), it’s going to take a little more time.

We appreciate your patience and your continued support. If you all could pass the word, we’d appreciate that as well.

— Matt & Grant


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When it comes to events like The Fly Fishing Show, 99.9% of people who attend, leave with a t-shirt or flies or hat or decals — sometimes dropping some dollars on a new rod and reel, waders or jacket. It’s not often you hear that someone left one of these shows, let alone the film tour that accompanies it, with a brand new outlook on life. The fact that it happened because of the film…that’s pretty damn cool.

My name is Joe. I’m 43, married almost 18 years with 3 kids (15, 14, 11). Full time job, mortgage and car payments – woohoo the whole American dream! I have been a bridge engineer for the past 20 years. I wanted to be an engineer from the time I was about 15. In the past 5 years or so I have moved into more of a management/administrative/marketing role with only brief spots of “real” engineering when my staff needs direction or solutions.  My job has been much less fulfilling.

I caught the trailer for A Deliberate Life online, then went to the Somerset Fly Show, walked around there for a day and saw the extended version of A Deliberate Life at the Film Fest. As we watched the film at Somerset I leaned over to my friend and said that most of the dialogue sounded like it was coming out of my own mind. By the time I got back to PA I knew what I wanted to do. I want to tie some flies, sell them and someday attend shows as a fly tier. It isn’t going to be a career and I am not going to be a millionaire, but it gives me the chance to be a part of the professional/commercial fly tying industry even if it is only on the fringes

I want to thank you all for helping to inspire me to start looking at my life differently and making some changes, hopefully for the better.

I wish you all the best of luck!!

(Editor’s note: Joe has started his own company called Predator Fly Outfitters. You can find his work at predatorflyoutfitters.com or on FB at facebook.com/PredatorFlyOutfitters – Congratulations, Joe!)

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