NFCT Benefit Film Fest a Huge Success


WAITSFIELD, VT (April 20, 2009)The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters (ALTO) were thrilled to present the Third Annual Paddler Film Fest at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Friday, April 17.

Attended by 180 people, the event was an inspiring and successful celebration of kayaking and canoeing.  More than $1,800 was brought in to support stewardship projects along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail; and 25 participants went home with raffle items donated by ALTO.

The Fest included a terrific line-up of films:  Eastern Horizons by Reel Water Productions; Riviere Dumoine by B/K Productions; A River’s Last Breath by Epicocity Project; This is the Sea 4 by Cackle TV Productions; and LVM #29:  Pacific Northwest vs. Virginia by Penstock Productions.   Viewers enjoyed the diversity offered by these films, from the peace of a canoe paddle in quiet waters to the adrenaline rush of kayaking down multi-story waterfalls.   Heartfelt thanks goes to all filmmakers for their willingness to share their work both for public enjoyment and the benefit of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. 

"We are so very grateful to the filmmakers who gave us permission to use their work, as well as to the many NFCT supporters and ALTO fans that came out to see the show," said NFCT Executive Director, Kate Williams.  "Last but not least, we’re honored that ALTO worked very hard to collaborate with us to create a win-win event."

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail will host additional Paddle Film Fests this spring and summer.  Confirmed fests, all featuring some of the same films as above,  include:  Thursday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. at the Jewett Auditorium, 77 Fort Road, South Portland, ME, co-sponsored by the Maine Island Trail Association; and Saturday, August 8, at the Northern Forest Heritage Park River Day festival (time tbd), 961 Main Street, Berlin, NH.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail links the watersheds of northern New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine, and is a unique thread tying together the Northern Forest Region. The 740-mile water trail traces historic Native American travel routes through the rivers of this region, and is a living reminder of our history, where rivers were both highways and routes of communication.  Flowing with the stories of Native Americans, European settlers, and the development of mill towns and the timber industry, the Trail’s rich heritage serves as a basis for widely accessible, environmentally friendly tourism in many of the small communities along the route.

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