The Teva Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour is coming to Hood River!! THIS Friday and Saturday, join Wet Planet to watch some of the latest award-winning paddling films at the Columbia Center for the Arts in beautiful downtown Hood River.
These films are not performed by actors, and the stories they tell are their own. These real people, some professional adventurers, some as average as you and me, tell their stories of the ways paddling has changed their lives and the challenges and rewards that come from it. The films come from all over the world, and some even start here in the Pacific Northwest.
Local boaters and filmmakers, Ryan Scott and Hans Hoomans, take you through the development of whitewater rafting in the Northwest in their film, Habitat. Over the course of 35 years, they discuss the evolution of commercial rafting, to the early private boating scene, to the modern day extreme rafters who venture down rivers such as the Tumwater Canyon of the Wenatchee and the Little White Salmon.
In Huck, filmmaker Andy Maser works with White Salmon boater Evan Garcia to explore what it means to kayak off of big waterfalls, considering both the risks and rewards of a life driven by whitewater kayaking.
But there are many more films beyond whitewater sports, such as That First Glide, a history of SUPing in Hawaii. Check out the full line-up below!
MOVIES SHOWN ON FRIDAY
– Of Souls + Water
From Forge Motion Pictures comes this groundbreaking web series. Filmed in exquisite HD, 5 episodes tell the real stories of 5 character archetypes, all bound together by the common theme of water. Combining artistry, adventure and ethos, Of Souls + Water redefines the genre of outdoor film. http://www.forgemotionpictures.com
Balance shares the stories of three individuals who live their lives in very different ways. The characters are not professional athletes but rather working-class heroes – people who work to make time for the things they love. In this edition, follow Blair Trotman as he finds his path as a kayaking instructor after ending up in the Military.
– Tierra del Fuego
A British couple tries to become the first to sea kayak 1000 miles around the remote and windswept island of Tierra del Fuego. Shipping delays, a stolen kayak, endless red tape, incessant winds and tendonitis threaten their safety and success. Share the highs and lows of this challenging world-first adventure while meeting some of the interesting people who survive in this harsh environment. http://www.cackletv.com
– Habitat – footage LOCAL RIVERS AND BOATERS!
This documentary takes you through 35 years of the progression of rafting in the Pacific Northwest. Shane Turnbull, John Hall (former AAA-Rafting/Wet Planet), Doc Loonis, Val Shaull and Jeff Bennett share tales of the evolution from early commercial boating to the private boating scene and into the modern day rush of rafters venturing beyond the guidebooks, exploring territory uncharted for rafts. http://www.redshackproductions.com
– Currents: The Grand Canyon
A journey through the Grand Canyon is a one in a lifetime trip for many. However, the Colorado River as we know it may not exist if it wasn’t for conservation initiatives undertaken over the years. Take a journey through the Grand Canyon with those who have fought to preserve this national wonder. http://www.five2nine.ca
– Where the Yellowstone Goes
Where the Yellowstone Goes follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States. Intimate portraits of locals in both booming cities and dusty, dwindling towns along the Yellowstone River illustrate the history and controversies surrounding this enigmatic watershed, leading to questions about its future. http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com
– That First Glide – 2013 Festival Winner for Documentary
This film shares standup paddling’s deep roots in early Polynesian and Hawaiian history. Learn about the first standup paddle enthusiasts who were playing around in Waikiki as early as 1939. Later in the ‘60s and ‘70s, follow guys like John Ah Choy and John Zapotocki who paddled boards well into the ‘90s. Showing interviews with Laird Hamilton and Robby Nash.
MOVIES SHOWN ON SATURDAY – first movie starts at 8 PM
– Huck – 2013 Festival Winner for Whitewater
by Andy Maser about White Salmon kayak talent Evan Garcia
Waterfall kayaking has emerged as a dominant subset of whitewater paddling, thrilling audiences and pushing athletes to constantly attempt higher falls. It is consistently glorified and frequently misunderstood by all but the small group of kayakers who make waterfalls their lives. Evan Garcia explores what is means to kayak off of big waterfalls, considering both the risks and rewards of a life driven by freefall. http://www.andymaser.com
– Quebec Connection
Showcases some of the best destinations for class V paddlers in Eastern Canada. These paddlers put a lot of time and energy into promoting whitewater kayaking and share their love for the sport, giving a taste of what can be done in kayaks around Quebec. http://www.quebec-connection.com
– Driftwood – 2013 Festival Winner for SUP
With standup paddleboards in tow, the crew has access to stunning locations inaccessible to the common surf traveler. Traveling way off the beaten path, the group becomes immersed in diverse cultures, beautiful landscapes, exotic wildlife, politically sensitive environments and remarkable surf.
– A Hand to Stand
7 students in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest build their own wooden standup paddleboards, using traditional knowledge in a modern world. In a nation where the odds are stacked against Aboriginals, finishing school and breaking out of the poverty trap, these kids learn persistence and perseverance. http://www.lindsaymariestewart.ca
– Rock the Boat – Saving America’s wildest River – 2013 Festival Winner for Environmental
In the artificial landscape that is Los Angeles, where even palm trees are imported, nothing epitomizes man’s shortsighted efforts to reshape the face of the earth more than the L.A. River. But when an unassuming boater insists on seeing it as a river again, a local controversy takes on national proportions. http://www.rocktheboatfilm.com
– Out Living It
Those who survive cancer often find themselves dealing with a profound loss of physical strength, community, identity and confidence, with few resources to turn to. Out Living It, tells the story of young adults on a quest to redefine themselves and defy their diagnosis, taking on the challenge of rock climbing and whitewater kayaking during a weeklong outdoor adventure camp in the mountains of Colorado.www.seracfilms.com
Come experience the stories of whitewater kayakers, stand up paddle boarders, environmentalists, and water-lovers from all around the globe, right here in Hood River!
Both Friday and Saturday night’s showings begin at 8pm and will last about 2 hours. The cost for each night is $10. Hope to see you there!