Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017

Heads up for the annual Banff film festival, there are showings locally in Shrewsbury and Stafford. There are two programmes Red and Blue, so you can mix venues to get dates to suit.

 

The Banff show you can see one showing or both, I think there is a discount if you attend both.

See you there!

Festival Link

 

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A paddling film

The movie ‘Rivering’ is a crowd funded movie showing all aspects of the sport and not just the red bull “adrenalin” type of video. If you love paddling full stop whether it be a float or something a touch more lively this film maybe of interest to you.

A quote of William Wordsworths seems apt, well a paraphrasing of one of his quotes “To begin, begin”, in as far as paddling goes and to improve and enjoys ones time on the blue and green planet of ours:

Simply put: “To paddle, paddle”

Although crowd funded this film is free to view, watch and pass around the link.

Happy viewing and see you on the river……

Chris

 

Rivering – Film Link

 

“RIVERING is an ode to the whitewater obsession.

Filmed on the wild rivers of New Zealand, RIVERING is a very different kind of sports movie. 

From the director:
Kayaking for me is a dose of sanity. In a world ever more risk averse and bubblewrapped, kayaking (and the wilderness in general) are where I find an escape. This is where I rely on my common sense, my ability to analyse risk and the skills of my fellow paddlers.

You don’t need to be an expert paddler to experience this, nor do you need any special talent. But like learning a musical instrument, kayaking rewards those who put in the effort. I learned to kayak at 34. I will never win a competition, and there are rivers I will never have the ability to paddle.

But none of that matters. I love it just the same.

Kayaking has taken me places no one else can go. It gets under your skin in a way no other sport I know does. It is an obsession.

So, when Glenn Murdoch (the exec producer) and I started talking about this project, we were not interested in an extreme sports film. We wanted to make a film that was about the rest of us: oldsters, youngsters, weekend warriors, beginners, perpetual intermediates. We wanted to showcase the sport we love, the people we paddle with and the wild rivers that we call home.

RIVERING is a film about passion for the outdoors that will resonate far beyond the paddling community.”

Visit us on Facebook:
facebook.com/RIVERING-1432499667029049/?fref=ts

Check out the original Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign:
indiegogo.com/projects/rivering/x/2365704#/

Music by:

Brant Miller
itunes.apple.com/us/album/music-river-original-whitewater/id302097749

Enter the Haggis
enterthehaggis.com/home

Matthew Marshall
matthewmarshallguitar.com

Richard Charlton
richardcharlton.com.au

Kimiko Ishizaka
kimiko-piano.com

Chordwainers
facebook.com/The-Chordwainers-108430555860547/

Geoffrey Brown
soundcloud.com/wavedrummer

Thomas Coffey
thomascoffey.co.nz

Svelte
amplifier.co.nz/release/63328/cats-paw.html

Josef Orlowski
joseforlowski.com

Impulse Ensemble
impulseensemble.com

Jim Matus and Doug Raneri
cdbaby.com/cd/jimmausdougraneri
jimmatus.com

Anthony Ferner
arts.canterbury.ac.nz/music/people/ferner.shtml

The Whiskey River Band
itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-whiskey-river-band/id258781043

Film Festival

The annual tour of the best films of the Banff film festival is coming to Shrewsbury once again.

The tour this year is visiting twice in two parts. There are a variety of films, in the past there have been films covering winter sports, climbing, mountain biking, paddling, and surfing amongst others.

Wednesday February 18th

Thursday April 9th

Tickets going pretty fast and there is a discount if you book for both evenings.

May see you there.

Films

There are some outdoor films being shown at the Gateway Centre in Shrewsbury the paddling one is on the 18th November.

See link below for tickets: Tickets

Alternatevely the tickets can be obtained from High Sports in Shrewsbury 01743 231649

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Paddling Film

Came across a film being crowd funded, I will let the creators explain the film below:

 

“MOTIVATION

Kayaking for me is a dose of sanity. In a world ever more risk averse and bubblewrapped, kayaking (and the wilderness in general) are where I find an escape.  This is where I rely on my common sense, my ability to analyse risk and the skills of my fellow paddlers.

You don’t need to be an expert paddler to experience this, nor do you need any special talent. But like learning a musical instrument, kayaking rewards those who put in the effort.  I learned to kayak at 34. I will never win a competition, and there are rivers I will never have the ability to paddle.

But none of that matters.  I love it just the same.

Kayaking has taken me places no else can go. It gets under your skin in a way no other sport I know does.  It is an obsession.

So, when Glenn Murdoch (the exec producer) and I started talking about this project, we were not interested in an extreme sports film.  We wanted to make a film that was about the rest of us: oldsters, youngsters, weekend warriors, beginners, perpetual intermediates. We wanted to showcase the sport we love, the people we paddle with and the wild rivers that we call home.

We wanted to highlight the New Zealand wilderness, and especially its wild rivers. Mick Hopkinson, a veteran paddler and instructor, has called them “New Zealand’s cathedrals.”  They are majestic. They are unique. They are unspoiled. And they are fragile.

So please come along with us.  A four-minute trailer can show you some faces and some pretty footage, but it cannot give you context or depth, and it cannot give you a story.

Please help us tell a story about whitewater, about the New Zealand wilderness and about people: from ten-year-olds to the octogenarians who created the sport for us. I’ve called this film “An Ode to Whitewater” but really it is an ode to being active, to being engaged, to being in the outdoors in any way.

If this appeals to you, please consider contributing to the cause.  We have no intention of selling the film. We want to make it available for everyone to enjoy.”

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/102903269″>Rivering Trailer 1</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/rivering”>RIVERING</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/105321161″>Rivering Trailer 3</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/rivering”>RIVERING</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

So if you feel like helping an interesting film come to fruition, a film which make a change from adrenaline type films then you can donate at the website listed below:

Rivering Indiegogo website

 

The Drop. The advice. The Decision.

This thread was bought about by 2 films and a blog post. The blog entry was on the blog of Emily Chappell who is a  bike courier and adventurer.

Don’t go to Balochistan.

The first film was a film about a paddler who incurred fractures in his back and pelvis, have a look at the film about the paddler Jason Craig and his progress:

The fall and rise of Jason Craig.

I am glad he made a recovery and is back on his feet and in his boat, and the insights at the end of his film align somewhat with this entry.

The other film was shown at the Banff film festival this last Wednesday at Theatre Severn, In the film ‘Beyond the drop’ what struck me was that the fact that the paddlers as well as being ‘successful’, swam, threw paddles away and landed upside down. This points to the fact that there is a lot of chance involved with running drops of a certain makeup or height. I am pretty sure a rank beginner could have run/paddled the drops as well as some of the paddlers in that video, although there is very little paddling done while dropping.

  • Running drops and other aspects of paddling can be addictive (see adrenalin), but then again so can sugar/alcohol. Is addiction the basis for a hobby/sport or long term enjoyment/development?
  • Is what you do based on skill or ‘chance’.
  • Why are you doing it?

In the past I had paddled a few drops but nothing to the extent of the drops that are in the films mentioned, I noticed the sensation which was short lived and thought about upping the ante and decided against adding height.

  • If you are sensitive you can get pleasure from all levels of paddling.
  • If you have to keep upping the ante where does it end.

People will do what they will, but be careful when asking advice of others, should they be responsible for making your decisions for you (when an adult) and further to that how do your choices affect others in terms of rescue and fallout. Have fun on the river, practice and enjoy the next stroke.