OOur favorite paddling films from 2022 took us to waters far and near home. They shared their creative perspectives with us on how our favorite pastimes connect with the world around them.
These nine films are currently being shown as part of the Paddling Film Festival. This festival has been showcasing the best paddling films ever since 2006.
A Quality of Imagination
In a culture seemingly full of adrenaline junkies and going bigger, Benny Marr contemplates the ultimate form of self-expression, and the subtle moments defining one’s style.
Director: Caleb Roberts
[ A Quality Of Imagination is included in our Adrenaline 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
These are the lines
Six paddlers are determined to deepen their connection with the Inuit territory. They plan to descend the first known river in northern Quebec. Tradition is alive and well in the lives and languages of the Inuit. They guide the team on their journey with their knowledge of the seasons, the physical world, and the seasons. This documentary, set against a backdrop of snow, tundra, and whitewater rapids is an invitation to look beyond the surface and into our own lives.
Director & Producer: Francois Leger-Savard
[ Following Lines is included in our Adventure 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
Voice above Water
This is the story Wayan, a 90-year old Balinese fisherman. He can’t fish anymore due to the huge amount of plastic pollution. Wayan uses his fishing boat and net instead to remove trash from the ocean, in the hope of being able one day to fish again. This story shows how one person uses his resources to make an impact and reminds us that we can all do our part in making a difference.
Director: Dana Frankoff
Producer: Dana Frankoff and Eric Ebner
[ Voice Above Water is included in our Voices 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
Iceland is known for its land of fire and water, as well as being home to the largest concentration of waterfalls. Extreme kayaking is very popular in this area. It is not easy to reach, and it has a harsh climate. However, there are still many areas to explore. Three friends explore new valleys and discover waterfalls that they have never seen before.
Director: Mikel Sarsola
[ Jötunn is included in our Adrenaline 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
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Sheri Tingey was 50 years old when she started a company that changed the landscape of the outdoor industry. This documentary is about the challenges she overcame in launching the company. It also shows how she kept her secretiveness from the public so that they would not judge her for creating the boats. At this watershed moment of reckoning around equity and inclusion for the industry and paddling lifestyle, Sheri’s story will warm hearts while also challenging the audience to grapple with presumptions about who belongs.
James Q Martin is the Director
Producer: Sheila Smithson
[ Sheri is included in our Voices 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
For whitewater dory lovers, there’s no better place than Idaho. The state’s miles of wild, free-flowing rivers are home to the country’s deepest gorges and some of the best big water rapids. In 1972, renowned conservationist and Grand Canyon Dories founder Martin Litton asked Curt Chang if he’d like to take some boats and a crew to Hells Canyon. Curt set up the Idaho operation following a first scouting expedition. Curt has been a leader in the development of guides who love rivers, run great trips, and preserve the legacy of dories.
Director: Logan Bockrath
[ Dory Land is included in our Voices 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
The Commute: Four-Day Paddle to Work
Following two rivers, one drain, one sea and one creek, it turns out paddling to work—which ends up being mostly a drag over four full days—is bloody hard work. The Commute gives us a close look at the good and the bad sides of humanity. Told with award-winning filmmaker Beau Miles’ trademark mix of humor and philosophy, what started as a stunt turns out to be the hardest, most insightful four days of travel he’s ever done.
Director: Beau Miles
Producers: Beau Miles, Mitch Drummond
[ The Commute is included in our Adventure 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
Rumours spread from Angola about a river that was twice the size of the Zambezi and laden with rapids but concealed behind iron layers of bureaucracy, the aftermath of a 27 year civil war that raged across wild Savannahs. Three expedition kayakers were lured by these rumors to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Kwanza The story of Mike Dawson and Dewet Michau, Jake Holland and Dewet Michau, which tells the story of how they took on the wild Kwanza River challenge and raced against the clock to kayak its powerful rapids before dams destroy them.
Mike Dawson is the Director
Producers: Jake Holland and Mike Dawson
[ Kwanza is included in our Adventure 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
American Whitewater River Safety Parts I & II
American Whitewater is pleased to announce a new series safety films for rivers. These films contain up-to date and easy-to-understand tips to keep you safe on the river. These films communicate whitewater safety basics in an easy-to-understand manner. Anyone who spends time on rivers should have access to this essential river knowledge.
Director: Brendan Wells
Producers: American Whitewater, Evan Stafford
[ American Whitewater River Safety Parts I & II is included in our Adrenaline 2022 Virtual Program. Click here to buy your virtual ticket. ]
You can view the 17th Annual Paddling Film Festival at any of the stops along the World Tour or you can rent one of our virtual programs to screen at your home throughout the year.
The 2022 Paddling Film Festival was made possible by the support of our festival partners: Aqua Bound, Black Feather and Aire, Kokatat as well as the Canadian Canoe Museum, Nova Craft Canoe Museum, Ottawa Valley, Thomas Rivers University Trak, and the Water Sports Foundation.
Find more information on screening as well as how you can submit to next year’s Paddling Film Festival.