In the Columbia River Gorge, we kayak all year. In fact, most of us have chosen to set down some roots here (or just pay rent somewhere) for this very reason.
And now we get to celebrate it with an event that will tickle our whitewater tastebuds: the Hood River Whitewater Film Fest.
Wildwater: A Love Story
by critically acclaimed director Anson Fogel
Using higher definition video than you can even imagine, this film takes the viewer on a tour through the deep and powerful connections we have to our rivers. Story teller Doug Ammons, with the help of interviews from countless river advocates, provides insight into the intense draw the river has upon us. Shot on Ecuador’s tropical rivers, Colorado’s Yule Creek, Arizona’s the Grand Canyon and on Idaho’s North Fork of the Payette.
by local filmaker Skip Armstrong
The judges at this year’s PDX Film Fest found this short captivating enough to give it first prize. Filmed on a local river, with a local kayaker by a local filmaker. Downright grassroots.
Check out the teaser in our previous article on Next Adventure’s PDX Film Fest.
The Greatest Migration
by EP’s Andy Maser
From EP’s blog:
“Follow the journey of the critically endangered Snake River salmon from the coast of Alaska to Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley. These salmon migrate farther inland and higher in elevation than any other on Earth, along the way touching the lives of everyone and everything in the ecosystem”
Run, Rogue, Run
The Rogue River has a special place in the hearts of Pacific Northwest river runners. While sections of the river enjoy protection under the Wild and Scenic Act of 1968, the river continues to be affected.
by Fred Norquist and Evan Garcia
Extreme kayaking at its finest, these members of Demshits present their endeavor into the classic river in Canada’s BC.
Films will begin at 8pm on Wednesday, February 16th. Although, you’ll want to come early for the reception at 7pm to hang out with the filmmakers, legendary author and kayaker Doug Ammons and all the Columbia River Gorge kayakers, rafters and river supporters.
The event will take place at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River.
The Portland Dilemma
Hood River, while only an hour from Portland, might be too much for your Wednesday schedule. Be sure to catch the city’s Wildwater: A Love Story PDX premier the following day, presetned by ORT and Forge Motion Pictures.
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton Street
Susan Hollingsworth can’t get enough of watching whitewater.