Film Festival Paddles into Portland


For Immediate Release
April 5, 2010

Contact: Kate Williams, Executive Director
Northern Forest Canoe Trail
802-496-2285 or

PORTLAND, Maine – The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) will bring its 3rd Annual Northern Forest Paddlers Film Festival to Portland on Thursday, April 15 at One Longfellow Square. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and screenings begin at 7:00 p.m. 
Four documentary films and a clay-animated short will cover a range of themes on recreational canoeing and kayaking from exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and Inside Passage, to finding record whitewater kayak waterfall runs and building a traditional birch bark canoe.
"We have an excellent lineup of films this year, celebrating the diverse culture of paddling and the beauty of the places our boats take us," said NFCT Executive Director Kate Williams. "We look forward to the opportunity that these Film Fest evenings provide for us to meet with members, paddlers, and other adventurers."
The lineup of films:
– Selections from Terra Antarctica: Rediscovering the Seventh Continent (20 min). An up-close look at the iceberg and turquoise blue water landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula by sea kayak.
– Selections from Dream Result (30 min). A group of extreme whitewater kayakers explore wild rivers and monster waterfalls in Canada, Chile, and Scandinavia, and one dares the world record descent of 186-foot Palouse Falls in Washington.
Earl’s Canoe (30 min). Follow Ojibwe Nation member Earl Nyholm as he builds an Ojibwe birch bark canoe on Madeleine Island, Wisconsin, using traditional tools and methods.
Paddle to Seattle (50 min). This independent documentary chronicles the journey of two intrepid adventurers paddling handmade wooden Pygmy kayaks from Alaska to Seattle via the 1,300-mile Inside Passage.
Kayaking is Not a Crime (7 min). A clay-animated short with a fun pro-kayaking message created by young New York filmmaker Ben Doran.
All proceeds from the festival will benefit NFCT programs and the Maine Island Trail Association, which is co-presenting the films. There will be paddling-related door prizes from L.L. Bean and Nomads. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be reserved at the One Longfellow Square box office, by calling 761-1767 or by visiting


About the Northern Forest Canoe Trail: The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine. NFCT, Inc. is internationally regarded as the preeminent water trail organization in North America, and connects people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route.


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