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Reel Paddling Film Festival Winners!

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Rapid Media's 5th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival showcased the world's best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world. The festival inspired more people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places we paddle. The 5th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival winners were:


This is Canoeing - BEST CANOEING FILM
Duration: 5-35 min [Festival Version 7:40 min]
Year Produced: 2009   
Year Released: 2010   
A long overdue celebration of canoeing, showcasing some of the single blade's most talented paddlers, exploring wilderness and running challenging whitewater. Stunning, high definition footage and charming stories from multiple award-winning filmmaker Justine Curgenven.
Director and Producer: Justine Curgenven       
Website: www.cackletv.com

Paddle to Seattle: Journey Through the Inside Passage - BEST SEA KAYAKING FILM
Duration: 85 min [Festival Version 40 min]
Year Produced: 2009   
Year Released: 2010   
In homemade wooden boats, J.J. Kelly and Josh Thomas travelled the 1,300-mile Inside Passage. For three months, Kelly and Thomas paddled to Seattle facing the hardships that accompany a lifestyle removed from civilization. The film is a stunning display of the awe-inspiring landscape of the Pacific Northwest and of the light-hearted spirit of the young adventurers.
Director: Josh Thomas   
Producer: J.J. Kelly and Ben Gottfried   
Website: www.paddletoseattle.com

Kayak Fishing: Game On 2 - BEST KAYAK FISHING FILM
Duration: 5 min   
Year Produced: 2009   
Year Released: 2010   
This film follows world-renowned big game kayak angler Jim Sammons on the adventure of a lifetime. Features Sammons' epic, three-hour battle with a 120-pound tuna.    
Director: Ken Whiting   
Producer: Will Richardson   
Website: www.helipress.com

Duration: 20 min [Festival Version 19:40 min]
Year Produced: 2007-2009   
Year Released: 2009   
The ability of China's rivers to sustain the communities that depend on them has never been in more danger than now. China is now home to the largest hydroelectric project on earth. Vital Films presents the story of the Yangtze River before it is transformed into reservoirs. Come on a journey with a group of kayakers and explorers as they make the final descent of the Yangtze River.   
Director: Matt Hobbs & Cael Jones   
Producer: Matt Hobbs   
Website: www.vital-films.com

Into Perpetual Ice
Duration: 21 min   
Year Produced: 2009   
Year Released: 2009   
Five kayakers visit Greenland to explore the whitewater kayaking possibilities of this remote island. After a tough time making it to the rivers they are rewarded with excellent kayaking and a remarkable adventure.   
Director: Jared Meehan & Olaf Obsomer   
Producer: Jared Meehan

Duration: 5 min [Festival Version 4:30 min]
Year Produced: 2006   
Year Released: 2007   
This short film is both a thrill ride and a poetic meditation about harmonizing with the awesome forces of nature. Legendary kayakers Hayden Glatte and Lars Holbeck are featured running the waterfalls of Agua Azul in Chiapas, Mexico.    
Director and Producer: John Armstrong

Duration: 62 min [Festival Version 46:07 min]
Year Produced: 2009   
Year Released: 2009   
When filmmakers Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison (Being Caribou), along with their two-year-old son Zev and indomitable dog Willow, set out to retrace the literary footsteps of Farley Mowat they do so literally. Their 5,000-kilometre trip - trekking, sailing, portaging and paddling from the Prairies to the Maritimes - ends at Mowat's Nova Scotian summer house.   
Director: Leanne Allison   
Producer: Tracey Frieser

Duration: 75 min [Festival Version 19:50 min]
Year Produced: 2009   
Year Released: 2009   
Whitewater's history has as many twists and turns as the canyons its pioneers explored. From bribing dam-keepers to release water, to World Champions defecting from Communist regimes and utilizing military by-products for equipment. Curiosity, ingenuity and outright audacity thrived as paddlers probed the boundaries of the river experience.   
Director and Producer: Kent Ford

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