COA screens films celebrating Passion of Paddling

Film courtesy of Reel Paddling Film Festival
Film courtesy of Reel Paddling Film Festival
Posted May 17, 2013, at 4:43 p.m.
Last modified May 17, 2013, at 5:01 p.m.

Friday, May 31, 2013 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - Gates Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Donna Gold; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, ME—The adventure, passion, and pluck of those connected to paddling will be featured at COA on Friday, May 31, during Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival, held in Gates Community Center from 7 to 9:30. Known as the “Banff Film Festival of the aquatic world,” these movies focus on the wonders of water and those who enjoy, fight for, travel, study, or just love rivers and paddling.

The award-winning films take viewers from daredevil kayaking exploits to a trek along the length of the Colorado from its mountain birth to its desert demise, miles from the ocean.

In “A Hand to Stand,” a group of indigenous youths from British Columbia create their own stand-up paddle boards—building a sense of empowerment as they forge a connection to their culture.


“Rock the Boat” is a story about Los Angeles and the Los Angeles River. “To most people, the LA River is a joke,” observes river activist and COA environmental law professor Ken Cline. “It is just a concrete trough used for chase scenes in Hollywood films. But it is the home river to a group of dedicated people who will not let it get written off. With humor, a creative storyline, and good production values, this is a great film about the reclaiming of a river.”

A third film, “Ikkatsu: The Roadless Coast,” follows skilled sea kayakers as they document the flotsam from the 2011 Japanese tsunami along Washington’s remote coast. Ikkatsu means “united as one,” a concept that the tsunami debris illustrates in a powerful way.

Says Cline, “The festival will inspire anyone who has held a paddle, looked out at the ocean with longing, or jumped into a river.”

Tickets are $5 for students; $10 for adults in advance via the website and $15 at the door. Tickets include an electronic subscription to one of the four paddle sport magazines produced by Rapid Media: Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots, or Kayak Angler. Proceeds support the whitewater paddling program at COA.

For more information about the Reel Paddling Film Festival from 7 to 9:30 on Friday, May 31, contact Donna Gold at or 207-288-5015.