Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Film Festival Getting Exciting!!!

Becky and I spent 5 or 6 hours yesterday previewing 20 or so films for the Reel Paddling Film Festival this weekend. We are super excited with the lineup that we came up with to show our local crowd. If you have tickets already - you can officially start getting excited! If you don't have tickets, you should call the shop at 232 5854 to reserve some. We are limiting the seating for this event so that everyone can have a good seat. Here is a quick preview of our lineup for Saturday night:

Paddle to Seattle: Journey Through the Inside Passage
Duration: 40 minutes
In homemade Pygmy wooden boats, J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas travelled the 1,300-mile Inside Passage. For three months, Kelley and Thomas paddled to Seattle facing the hardships that accompany a lifestyle removed from civilization. The film is a stunning display of the awe-inspiring landscape of the Pacific Northwest and of the light-hearted spirit of the young adventurers.

Our Take:
Certainly one of the best films of the night, this movie shows the ups and downs of a long trip. The scenery is amazing and the characters are a lot of fun. We guarantee you one thing: You'll want to book a plane ticket to the Pacific Northwest this summer!

Lucky 13

Duration: 6 min
Lucky 13 chases a West Kootenay-based group of whitewater kayakers in search of a wild paddling in their backyard. Compiling footage and outtakes from the last two seasons of spring paddling.

Our Take:
Whitewater is not a big part of the paddling experience in South Louisiana. But we felt that the festival would not be complete without some thrills and spills on the steep creeks. This film is raw, and just a little scary.

Twenty Years: The Missouri Stream Team Story
Duration: 28 min
The Missouri Stream Team project is one of the nation's finest environmental stewardship programs and an inspiring story of what can happen when ordinary citizens take ownership and pride over the waterways that truly belong to them. This film covers many stories that are inspiring.

Our Take:
I was inspired by this film. Taking pride in our state and the public lands and waterways that are free for our use is something that none of us do enough of. I don't know what to do to get the ball rolling here in Louisiana, but watching this great film is a good start.

Kayak Fishing: Game On 2
Duration: 5 min
This film follows world-renowned big game kayak angler Jim Sammons on the adventure of a lifetime. Game On 2 features Sammons' epic, three-hour battle with a 120-pound tuna.

Our Take:
Big game offshore kayak fishing is definitely a niche activity, but watching Jim Sammons battle this huge tuna in a kayak is something we're sure that nobody in our area has witnessed before.

Following Directions
Duration: 3:10 Minutes
Following Directions brings a smile to your face in the spirit of the classic short, silent film. Inspired by a real-life conundrum. Filmed and edited by amateur filmmaker Melanie Buckle of Toronto, Canada.

Our Take:
This one is just for fun. I won't even try to describe it other than to say that it is probably worth 3 minutes of your life!

Finding Farley
Duration: 46:07 minutes
Filmmakers Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison, along with their two-year-old son Zev and indomitable dog Willow, set out to retrace the literary footsteps of renowned Canadian author Farley Mowat. Their 3,100 mile trip - trekking, sailing, portaging and paddling from the Prairies of western Canada to the Maritimes of the Atlantic ocean - ends at Mowat's Nova Scotian summer house.

Our Take:
This film is worth coming for all by itself. Watching this family deal with adversity in the wild with a small child reminds me so much of our 4 month hike/cycling trip in 1989 with our then 3 year old son Matt. You will be treated to a great family adventure that you won't soon forget.

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