2008 RPFF AWARD WINNING FILMS

BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL

Birthplace of the Wind
Duration: 25 minutes    
Year Produced: 2006    
Year Released: 2006    
A three-week long journey from California, through British Columbia and Alaska delivers one of the loneliest and least-known spots on earth (halfway between Russia and Alaska), where the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea collide at what the Aleuts called, the Birthplace of the Wind. A sea kayak journey to five volcanic Aleutian islands rising straight out of the sea, in a region where it is common for gales to exceed 100 miles an hour with 10-foot standing tidal rips.    
Director and Producer: Jon Bowermaster    
Website: www.jonbowermaster.com

BEST INSTRUCTIONAL PADDLING FILM

Kayak Fishing: The Ultimate Guide
Duration: 60 minutes [FESTIVAL VERSION 15 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2008    
The Ultimate Guide to Kayak Fishing is a comprehensive look at one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Scott Null and Joel McBride cover all the basics to give the new kayak angler a solid foundation of skills and concepts, and allow a safe and comfortable entry into the sport. The authors also draw on their vast knowledge to offer a wealth of tips and tricks to help even very experienced anglers get the most of their time on the water.    
Directors and Producers: Ken Whiting, Will Richardson    
Website: www.helipress.com

BEST SHORT PADDLING FILM

Lockapalooza Rodeo
Duration: 5 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Lockapalooza Rodeo is a clever claymation featurette made by 11-year-old Ben Doran as a fundraiser for the Lock 32 Whitewater Park in Pittsford, NY. The main character is bored and doesn't have anything to do, until he sees a commercial for Lock 32 and decides to give whitewater kayaking a try.    
Director and Producer: Ben Doran    
Website: www.claydogh.blogspot.com

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Oil + Water
Duration: 60 minutes    [FESTIVAL VERSION 33 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007
Year Released: 2008
Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt kayak the rivers of the Americas and tackle the longest 100% petroleum-free road trip in the world: The Pan-American Highway. Sparked by the unified vision of two brotherly kayakers with a passion for sustainable lifestyle choices, the Oil + Water Project combines their passion for life on the water with a strong desire to motivate and educate youth to make sustainable lifestyle choices through alternative energy.
Director and Producer: Seth Warren
Website: www.oilandwaterproject.org

BEST SEA KAYAKING FILM

Pacific Horizons: Exploring the Northwest Coast by Kayak    
Duration: 60 minutes [FESTIVAL VERSION 30 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Blending wildlife, people, places and action-packed kayaking, Bryan Smith takes us on an unforgettable journey documenting: impressive tidal race surfing; the Orca whales of the San Juan Islands; the Bunsby Islands off the remote coast of Vancouver Island; "commando kayaking" with Greenland rolling and rope gymnastics champion Dudside and the wind and waves of the Oregon coast.    
Director and Producer: Bryan Smith    
Website: www.pacifichorizonfilm.blogspot.com

BEST CANOEING FILM

River Dumoine: A Paddlers' Journey    
Duration: 70 minutes    [FESTIVAL VERSION 22 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
A true-life adventure of six paddlers making a classic journey down the Dumoine River in Quebec. The 22-piece soundtrack elevates the magic captured on this magnificent river. This whitewater river film features the last un-dammed river in southern Quebec, the majestic power of a wilderness river and inspires the affection we all have for a canoe adventure on a wild river.    
Director and Producer: Tony Buell    
Website: www.rivieredumoine.ca

BEST KAYAK FISHING FILM

Threshers Yak Style    
Duration: 40 minutes    [FESTIVAL VERSION 30 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2004    
Year Released: 2005    
An instant classic about kayak fishing for thresher sharks off the beaches of Malibu. This film inspires the CPR method of kayak fishing... catch, photograph and release.    
Director and Producer: Michael Fowlker    
Website: www.insidesportfishing.com

BEST WHITEWATER FILM

The Green Race Movie
Duration: 52 minutes     [FESTIVAL VERSION 31 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
The Green Race Movie tells the story of a world-class whitewater race that takes place near Saluda, North Carolina every November. This movie captures the grace and excitement of class V+ kayaking as well as the unique character of the Green River race, a grassroots competition that draws the top athletes in kayaking from around the world.    
Director: Chris Gallaway    
Producer: Chris Gallaway & Spencer Cook    
Website: www.thegreenracemovie.com


OTHER FILMS GOING ON THE WORLD TOUR

Belongs To You
Duration: 5 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Film Summary    
This short film was created as a music video for the band Caledonia. Belongs to You was produced, directed and is starring Kelsey Thompson. It is a synthesis of a rockin' East Coast paddler's adventures set to the tunes of a rockin' East Coast band.
Director and Producer: Kelsey Thompson    
Website: www.atlantickayaker.com

Bluewater Jon and the Giant Tuna
Duration: 57 minutes [FESTIVAL VERSION 5 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Bluewater Jon Schwartz gets hooked into big game kayak fishing, and finds out the ultimate challenge is to tussle with a giant tuna. Scouring the globe for the perfect location, technique, and equipment, he ends up in Hawaii's fabled Kona Coast, the "Land of the Giants." He explains why he chooses this area and the unique methods he will employ, ending up with a variety of entertaining adventures and exotic fish, including a giant tuna.    
Director and Producer: Jon Schwartz    
Website: www.bluewaterjon.com

Canoeing: Essential Skills and Safety
Duration: 90 minutes [FESTIVAL VERSION 15 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2008    
Canoeing: Essential Skills and Safety is for all levels of paddlers, teaching beginners about the skills they need to manoeuvre a canoe on flat water, and offers more advanced paddlers expert advice on how to hone their technique. Whether you enjoy small day trips around lakes and slow-moving rivers, overnight trips or full-on expeditions, Andrew Westwood breaks down the techniques needed to maximize your enjoyment of the canoe.    
Directors and Producers: Ken Whiting, Will Richardson    
Website: www.helipress.com

Canoeing to the Arctic
Duration: 22 minutes
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Film follows six Canadians of Serbian background as they descend the Hood River from Lake Tahikafaluk to the Arctic Sound. It celebrates the beauty of the Canadian north and the ingenuity of six 21st-century paddlers. In the lower reaches of the Hood, friends paddle the same water and walk the shores of the river ascended by Franklin's 1921 expedition. This film features English subtitles with occasional English narration.
Director: Nena Toth    
Producers: Aleksandar Gusev, Radmilo Anicic, Zoran Lucic, Aleksandar Pantelic, Milos Petrusirovic, Predrag Stojkovic

Dangerous Archipelago
Duration: 25 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Exploring the Tuamotus, one of five French Polynesian archipelagos and some of the most remote islands in the world, tiny green oases floating in the desert of the seas. The Tuamotus are composed of 78 distinct coral reef atolls, stretching 930 miles north-northwest of Tahiti.
Director and Producer: Jon Bowermaster    
Website: www.jonbowermaster.com

Downunder the Horizonline
Duration: 45 minutes [FESTIVAL VERSION 12 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2008    
A film about grabbing a boat and getting out there - the rivers of the world are waiting to be paddled. This movie is made by three good Aussie mates, all shot in one year for one reason and one reason only... "To get our mates off their arses and live their dreams."
Directors and Producers: Jez, Adrian and Colin    
Website: www.skippyfilms.com

Eagle River: Liquid Jewel of the Sunshine Coast
Duration: 13 minutes
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Immerse yourself in a quiet and inspirational four-season journey through the Eagle River watershed from alpine to ocean. Unique "amphibiography," shot above and below the waterline in the same image, gives a distinct perspective to the trip.    
Director: Terry L. Brown    
Producer: Terry L. Brown & Jude Abrams    
Website: www.otterbegood.com

49 Megawatts
Duration: 30 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
49 Megawatts takes a close look at the future of British Columbia's rivers after the issue of hundreds of private water licenses for power production and the Ashlu Creek Hydro Project. Bryan Smith explores how British Columbia is fast-tracking hydro projects under the name of "green power" without efforts to curb demand, assess the environmental impacts of "run-of-the-river" hydro projects, or consider the input of local communities and governments.    
Director and Producer: Bryan Smith    
Website: www.therangelife.com

Hotel Charley Vol. 2: River of Doubt
Duration: 75 minutes [FESTIVAL VERSION 32 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Follow an elite group of Team Jackson paddlers including Ben Stookesberry, Nick Troutman and Eric Jackson on the first descent of the middle portion of the Rio Alseseca, in interior Veracruz, Mexico-it's as Hotel Charley hardcore as they come. Spending 12 days on only 22 km of river, the group uses a hybrid of class V+ kayaking and extreme canyoneering to establish one of the greatest river descents of the 21st century.
Director and Producer: Ben Stookesberry    
Website: www.clearh2ofilms.com

International Whitewater Hall of Fame: The 2007 Honorees
Duration: 13 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
This testament to the 2007 International Whitewater Hall of Fame honorees salutes their remarkable accomplishments so that their contribution to whitewater sport may be appreciated by those following in their celebrated paths: Explorer- Walt Blackader; Pioneer- Toni Prijon; Champions- Richard Fox, Cathy Hearn; Advocates- Bill Endicott, William Nealy.    
Director: Risa Shimoda    
Producer: Paddlesports Industry Foundation    
Website: www.adventuresportscenter.com/IWHOF/hofame.htm

Islands of the Haida
Duration: 41 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007
Year Released: 2008    
Canada's most isolated islands offer a remarkable blend of native culture, jagged mountain scenery, powerful ocean swells and rich wildlife. Three paddlers sea kayak 800 km around Haida Gwaii, exploring the proud remains of Haida totem poles, meeting local characters and enduring yet more oatmeal for breakfast. A kayak-mounted camera captures close encounters with whales, bald eagles, sea lions and bears, and the tension as the team pushes on in three-metre swells and fog.    
Director and Producer: Justine Curgenven    
Website: www.cackletv.com

Into the Altiplano
Duration: 47 minutes
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
A quest for paddle-able lakes throughout South America's Altiplano, crossing the borders of Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, some of the earth's driest places. The motivation was to not only to seek out water; the big salt lakes, high Andean rivers, streams and man-made reservoirs-but to explore just how man has managed to survive here for 100 centuries.    
Director and Producer: Jon Bowermaster    
Website: www.jonbowermaster.com

Kopka River
Duration: 16 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
The film Kopka River follows the misadventures of Kevin Callan and friends paddling northwestern Ontario's Kopka River to Lake Nipigeon. They deal with bugs, bad weather, brutal portages and some of the best scenery the province has to offer.    
Director and Producer: Kevin Callan

The Last Kung Pao Through the Young Bao Gorge
Duration: 24 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year released: 2007    
Kung Pao is associated with spicy flavour. The Yong Bao Gorge on the Mekong River is fraught with spicy action; big water with solid class IV rapids in deep rocky gorges. Travis Winn, a China river explorer, assembled Chinese and American academics focused on the sociological impact of indigenous communities, hydropower development, and river conservation of the Mekong, where the highest dam in the world will soon inundate the Yong Bao Gorge. They embark on what may be the last run of this section of river.
Director and Producer: Dan Monskey    
Website: www.wildmonkeysproductions.com

Loch Faoilem
Duration: 15 min   
Year Produced: 2007   
Year Released: 2007
Come with us to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where we have discovered a new material so stiff and light it will revolutionize the Paddling World! This film is a comedic journey to a timeless place, the Outer Hebrides.   
Director and Producer: Russell Farrow   
Website: www.sweetwaterkayaks.com

No Bad Days: Baja Part 7
Duration: 60 minutes    [FESTIVAL VERSION 17 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2005    
Year Released: 2005    
Marlin, sailfish, yellowfin, dorado, roosters, pargo and grouper; it doesn't matter if you work the beach with fly tackle or head offshore, the fishing at the East Cape region of Baja is as good as it gets anywhere on earth. When you're fishing here, there are No Bad Days.    
Director and Producer: Michael Fowlker    
Website: www.insidesportfishing.com

Paddling the Recreational Kayak
Duration: 65 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Paddling the Recreational Kayak is a DVD full of ideas, instruction and inspiration. Designed to be the missing owner's manual every new paddler should have. Each chapter introduces and explains a topic that a novice paddler can incorporate into their new paddling lifestyle.    
Director and Producer: Jeff Bach    
Website: www.quietwaterfilms.com

The Passion of Kayaking
Duration: 72 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2008    
The Passion of Kayaking presents an easy way to learn kayak techniques and inspires interest in the sport. Teaches a variety of techniques using real-life situations giving useful advice to the beginner as well as the expert. Clips lasting from two to six minutes revolve around kayak trips in Greenland, Mauritius, Patagonia, Venice, Peru, Croatia, Greece, Norway and Cape Horn.    
Director: Fabio Pasini    
Producer: Geoantropo    
Website: www.lofotenskikayak.org

Painkillerz III: The Return of the Kings
Duration 4 minutes        
Year Produced 2006
Year Released     2006
In the final installment of the Lord of the Boats Trilogy, the dark side takes over; our heroes Scream, Spawn and Nitro enter a new, dark dimension. From Salomon Islands to Middle Earth and the first descents of the Falls of Mordor and Saruman Creek, it's heavy metal boating that's out of this world! Oh, and the paddlers and boats are three-inches tall and made of foam.
Director: Jens Klatt    
Producer: Olaf Obsommer    
Website: www.sickline.com

Rolling a Kayak
Duration: 90 minutes [FESTIVAL VERSION 15 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2008
Rolling a Kayak is a comprehensive, clear and concise guide to learning and perfecting the kayak roll. Designed for both whitewater and sea kayakers, this DVD has something for all paddlers. Novice kayakers will learn the fundamental skills and get step-by-step instruction for the standard rolls while experienced paddlers will learn how to execute advanced rolling techniques, as well as how to roll in current, waves, holes and ocean surf.    
Directors and Producers: Ken Whiting, Will Richardson
Website: www.helipress.com

7 Weeks in Tibet
Duration: 25 minutes
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Follow an international team of six whitewater kayakers as they embark on the journey of a lifetime. Their challenging attempt to be the first to paddle the length of the Parlung Tsangpo River in Tibet takes them deep into the Himalayas. Friendships, skill and nerves will all be tested to the limit.    
Director and Director: Dave Kwant    
Website: www.toatee.tv

Source
Duration: 45 minutes    [FESTIVAL VERSION 5 MINUTES]
Year Produced: 2006-2007    
Year Released: 2008    
From the creators of Dynasty comes this epic global kayak adventure down some of the world's greatest rivers, providing a glimpse at what kayakers face as they travel through diverse and challenging locations like the remote canyons of California, Vietnam and Patagonia's threatened Rio Baker. With plenty of global first descents, new heights in freestyle and the biggest waterfalls ever run, Source captures stunning action in impossible locations.
Director and Producer: Young Gun Productions    
Website: www.younggunproductions.com

Source to the Sea
Duration: 36 minutes    
Year Produced: 2007    
Year Released: 2007    
Expedition kayaker Ram Silwal's dream was to follow his beloved Nepali rivers to the end, where these veins of the Earth drain into the sea. He and Endra Rai take on the raging whitewater of Nepal, the holy but flooded Ganges River in India and the hot mangrove forests of Bangladesh-a remarkable river journey of 1,350 km in 19 days from the high mountains of the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal.     
Director: Pia Arvidsson    
Producer: Ram Silwal    
Website: www.ramsilwal.com / www.miragomedia.com

Wilderness 99
Duration: 26 minutes    
Year Produced: 2006    
Year Released: 2006    
Wilderness 99 is a video account of an Everglades kayak expedition along the Wilderness Waterways, a trip with stunning vistas and, for Pat Welsh, an unexpected outcome. Mr. Welsh is ready to defeat the defiant Wilderness Waterways, solo. Ninety-nine miles of rivers and bays, the photography alone is rare documentation of the sensational beauty of the Gulf-side waterways of the Everglades.    
Director and Producer: Pat Welsh    
Website: www.welshmediaproductions.com

Zambezi Mosi-oa-Tunya
Duration: 29 minutes
Year Produced: 2006
Year Released: 2006
The original name of the Zambezi River is Mosi-oa-Tunya, which roughly means "the thundering smoke." At more than 2,500 km long the Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa, flowing from northern Zambia, through Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique into the Indian Ocean. While the upper and lower Zambezi are mainly flat water, the 120 km below Victoria Falls explored in this travel film are pure whitewater, an unequalled whitewater Mecca.
Director and Producer: Olaf Obsommer    
Web site: www.sickline.com

 

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