If you love paddling in any one of its many forms, this night is for you: the annual Reel Paddling Film Festival never disappoints.
The international film tour brings the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year to screens in more than 120 cities around the world, and Huntsville is fortunate to be one of them.
Twenty-one films were shortlisted for the festival this year and Algonquin Outfitters will be presenting a selection of them on two nights – in Huntsville on June 2 at the Algonquin Theatre and in Haliburton on June 9 – with a different line up each night.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll see in Huntsville:
The Canoe, winner, canoeing film
“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations, then one enduring expression of that simple truth is surely the canoe.” ~James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and director emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum. This short documentary film captures the remarkable bond created by Canada’s well-loved national symbol—the canoe. Illustrated by the stories of five paddling enthusiasts across the province of Ontario, Canada, viewers see firsthand how the canoe fosters connection between families, landscapes, traditional Canadian cultures and our inner selves. The film underscores the strength of the canoe and human spirit, and how the canoe is a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections. This film is a reflection of what Canadian canoe culture looks like today.
Drawn to Water
What is it that draws us to water? Why do thoughts of rivers, lakes and oceans invade our daydreams and keep us lying awake at night? Is it the thrill of adventure, the solitude of wild places, or the friendships made along the way? It’s all of these things, and many more. Drawn to Water, the latest film from NRS, explores the inspiration that rivers, lakes and oceans bring to our lives.
Bear Witness, winner, environmental film
What would you do to protect the place you love? Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness is a wild landscape of lakes, streams, woods and wildlife covering 1.1 million acres. To Amy and Dave Freeman, this place is home. With a massive sulfide-ore mining project threatening to jeopardize the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for generations to come, the Freemans took action. For one year, the Freemans lived inside the Boundary Waters, broadcasting photos and stories via satellite receiver and hosting politicians, journalists and activists. “It’s up to us to speak loudly for this quiet place,” says Dave Freeman. “It is up to us to bear witness.”
Under the Bridge
In 1987, a Camp Wanapitei 48-day canoe trip on the Kazan River in the Northwest Territories faced many hardships including being wind-bound for days.The group missed their homecoming celebration of paddling “under the bridge” at base camp in Temagami, Ontario. This film documents the group’s homecoming 28 years later and showcases the importance of paddling under the bridge for hundreds of Camp Wanapitei campers every summer.
With your ticket to either screening, you’ll receive free digital subscriptions to Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines, you’ll be entered into a draw for fun prizes sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters, and you can enter to win and Aqua-Bound prize pack worth up to $375.
Tickets are available for the Huntsville screening online at algonquintheatre.ca, at the Algonquin Theatre box office at 37 Main Street E, or by calling 705-789-4975 or 1-877-989-4975 (a Visa or MasterCard is required for purchases online or by phone). If you want to catch both screenings, you’ll find tickets for the Haliburton showing here. Don’t miss it!
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