Over the river and through the woods to the freshest film fest around! Let’s paddle on over to a few films showing the multitude of ways to respect and enjoy the waterways around us.
Filmmaker in Attendance
Garret Eaton just doesn’t fit into a box. Which makes him a great subject for a short film. Especially for a filmmaker like Justin Clifton, who has a natural empathy for everyday heroes like Garrett and who knows how to let people – and places – tell their stories through his lens. The result: In the space of mere minutes we get to not only meet a man worth knowing but to become fully vested in his rich story.
Collecting thrown-out, railway-side, road-side, dumpster-filling, perfectly good wood between my train station and the office, this is a short and meaningful story of a junk-made paddle.
Six kayakers. 400 kilometers. A 17-day self-supported trip down the Apurimac River. In 1975, Calvin Giddings led a group of paddlers down the first descent of Peru’s Abismo de Apurimac. Thanks to their commitment to complete the first descent of the Apurimac’s main whitewater section, the We Are Hungry (WAH) crew can confidently enter this box canyon. Always on the hunt for stout whitewater in remote reaches of the world, this group of French kayakers is known for asking Why. Why are we out here? What are we doing here?
Filmmaker in Attendance
Homecoming is a paddling adventure that raises awareness about the threat of proposed sulfide-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.
Combining stunning scenery with insightful commentary on the state of river conservation from Senator Tom Udall, Theodore Roosevelt IV, American Rivers president Bob Irvin, Rio Grande waterkeeper Jen Pelz, river guide Austin Alvarado, and others, this is a powerful call to action for protecting our country’s remaining wild rivers for future generations.
In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family – shaping who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves. In the summer of 2017, we renovated those canoes and with our aging parents completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about growing up, growing old, and the wild places that define us.