Film Festival Arrives in Portland, Maine

WAITSFIELD, Vt.  The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) continues its sponsorship of Rapid Reel Paddling Film Festival 2013Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour 2013 in our region with an event in Portland with Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) on March 29 on the campus of the University of Southern Maine. The film festival showcases the best paddling films from around the world. Proceeds from the event support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Island Trail Association. This showing is one of nine screenings of the film festival that NFCT is hosting throughout New York and New England.

This year, Lincoln Canoe & Kayak, maker of handcrafted canoes and kayaks in Freeport, Maine and a famous boat Lincoln Canoe & Kayakbuilder in New England, is partnering with NFCT to raffle a light-weight and versatile 2013 Chebeague kayak to be prized at the conclusion of this series of nine screenings. All attendees at the show will have an opportunity to enter a free raffle to win the boat.

A silent auction to benefit the Maine Island Trail Association, showcasing high quality gear and MITA logooriginal Maine art, will begin at 6:00 pm. A unique collection of auction items will be on hand, including a stand-up paddleboard, gift certificates to local restaurants, a variety of weekend getaways, sailing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting packages, selections from talented local artists, and much more. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will also be available.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is in its eighth year and features award winning films in 10 categories. The festival inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of wild places.

The March 29 screening starts at 7:00 pm in Hannaford Hall on the USM campus. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the door or online in advance at http://bit.ly/XV0P9g

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The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is the longest paddling trail in the nation and runs from Old Forge, New York through Vermont, Québec, and New Hampshire to Fort Kent, Maine. In 2011 the Trail was named “Best Canoe Trail” by Outside Magazine and in 2012 the magazine named the Trail a “Best East Coast Adventure.” To learn more about paddling the NFCT, to become a member, and to purchase a guidebook and maps, visit www.northernforestcanoetrail.org or call 802-496-2285.

The Maine Island Trail Association is a membership organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the wild islands of coastal Maine. With 25 years of community-building, stewardship and education, the organization has developed a model of sustainable recreation and created America’s first recreational water trail. The 375-mile waterway extends from the New Hampshire border to Cobscook Bay and the Canadian Border. Current members enjoy access to Trail properties for day use or overnight visits in return for observing low-impact recreation techniques and guidelines outlined in MITA’s annual Trail Guide.  For more information contact MITA at 207-761-8225, [email protected] or visit www.mita.org.

Media Contact: Kevin Mack, Director of Partnerships and Marketing
802 535-5855, [email protected]

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