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Reel Paddling Film Festival – Huntsville

June 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Algonquin Theatre
37 Main St E
Huntsville, ON P1H 1A1
$16 + HST Adult / $12.50 + HST Youth
Algonquin Theatre
(705) 789-4975 or 1-877-989-4975

Reel Paddling Film FestivalAlgonquin Outfitters presents the 12th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main Street East, Huntsville Ontario on Friday June 2nd  2017 at 7:30pm pm (doors open at 6:30pm, theater seating starts at 7:00pm).

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year on screens in 120-plus cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

With 21 inspiring paddling films shortlisted for the World Tour, including the ten festival category winners, audiences will see hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, northern river canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life.

Canadian Canoe CultureAttracting paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts, audiences can expect a fun, social and entertaining event inspired by compelling films like: Martin’s Boat – honoring the legacy of Martin Litton with an expedition in the Grand Canyon; Kayaking the Aleutians – more than 2,500km and 20 open water crossings across the remote and stormy stretch of islands between Russia and Alaska; Paddle for the North – six mates, three canoes, two dogs, and two months along 1,500km of remote North American rivers; The Path of Grey Owl – bushcraft expert Ray Mears reflects on Grey Owl’s message of protecting our wilderness; Go Big or Go Home – professional athletes travel the world in search of big water and the perfect wave; Big Fish Stories: Expedition Hauka – friends spend two weeks in northern Sweden following legends of monster pike; Our Local Epic – modern day explorers follow dangerous whitewater in the Clarks Fork, one of North America’s deepest Canyons; Voyageurs without a Trace – follow the path of 3 Parisians who were the first to attempt kayaking the Colorado and Green Rivers in 1938, with current filming and original exceptional 16mm footage; and many more incredible stories.

With your $16 ticket to our Reel Paddling Film Festival screening you’ll receive free digital subscriptions to Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots and Kayak Angler magazines, PLUS, ENTER TO WIN AN AQUA-BOUND PRIZE PACK (UP TO $375 VALUE)

Reel Paddling Film Festival Trailer & Feature Films

Films we are showing in Huntsville, on Fri June 2nd 2017

BEAR WITNESS – 11m 35s

WINNER: Environmental Film, sponsored by ACA

RPFF Best Environmental FilmWhat would you do to protect the place you love? Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness is a wild landscape of lakes, streams, woods and wildlife covering 1.1 million acres. To Amy and Dave Freeman, this place is home. With a massive sulfide-ore mining project threatening to jeopardize the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for generations to come, the Freemans took action. For one year, the Freemans lived inside the Boundary Waters, broadcasting photos and stories via satellite receiver and hosting politicians, journalists and activists. “It’s up to us to speak loudly for this quiet place,” says Dave Freeman. “It is up to us to bear witness.”

DIRECTOR: Nate Ptacek and Matt Van Biene
PRODUCER: Fitz Cahall, Nate Ptacek, Doug Niemela and Samantha Chadwick


WINNER: Documentary Film, sponsored by the Canadian Canoe Museum

RPFF Best Documentary FilmFifty years ago, girls were not allowed to participate in the rigorous U.S. Outward Bound wilderness school. Then 24 women broke that barrier. Find out how one month of surviving in the woods changed them and history forever.

DIRECTOR: Maxine Davis
PRODUCER: Maxine Davis and Melody Gilbert


What is it that draws us to water? Why do thoughts of rivers, lakes and oceans invade our daydreams and keep us lying awake at night? Is it the thrill of adventure, the solitude of wild places, or the friendships made along the way? It’s all of these things, and many more. Drawn to Water, the latest film from NRS, explores the inspiration that rivers, lakes and oceans bring to our lives.

DIRECTOR: Skip Armstrong
PRODUCER: Jacob Boling and Mark Deming

THE CANOE – 26m 21s

WINNER: Canoeing Film, sponsored by Silverbirch

RPFF Best Canoeing Film“If it is love that binds people to places in this nation of rivers and in this river of nations, then one enduring expression of that simple truth is surely the canoe.” —James Raffan, adventurer, acclaimed author and director emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum. This short documentary film captures the remarkable bond created by Canada’s well-loved national symbol—the canoe. Illustrated by the stories of five paddling enthusiasts across the province of Ontario, Canada, viewers see firsthand how the canoe fosters connection between families, landscapes, traditional Canadian cultures and our inner selves. The film underscores the strength of the canoe and human spirit, and how the canoe is a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections. This film is a reflection of what Canadian canoe culture looks like today.



Thirty-five years after their first visit to the Noatak River in Alaska’s wild and spectacular Brooks Range, two adventurers in their 70’s reflect on a lifetime of outdoor experiences and what still awaits them. The filmmakers behind Mile… Mile & A Half follow these friends along one of the longest rivers in the U.S. unaltered by man.

DIRECTOR: Jason Fitzpatrick, Jen Serena and Ric Serena
PRODUCER: Jason Fitzpatrick, Jen Serena, Ric Serena and Durand Trench


Meet Katie, one of the 40-million people who depend on the Colorado River. Katie finds comfort in reflecting on her time in one of the nation’s most iconic national parks. Guided by river currents, curiosity and scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, her voyage of discovery leads to a deeper understanding of the Colorado River as an ecosystem and her own place in it.

DIRECTOR: Jeremy Monroe and David Herasimtschuk,
PRODUCER: Jeremy Monroe / Freshwaters Illustrated


In 1987, a Camp Wanapitei 48-day canoe trip on the Kazan River in the Northwest Territories faced many hardships including being wind-bound for days.The group missed their homecoming celebration of paddling “under the bridge” at base camp in Temagami, Ontario. This film documents the group’s homecoming 28 years later and showcases the importance of paddling under the bridge for hundreds of Camp Wanapitei campers every summer.

DIRECTOR: Michael Craig
PRODUCER: Michael Craig / Teeny Tiny Films


WINNER: Adventure Travel Film, sponsored by Kokatat

RPFF Best Adventure Travel FilmWhat’s wrong with an adventure for the sake of adventure? In January 2015, six friends set out to attempt a canoe expedition from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. They battled against the current on the Mighty Mississippi, weathered a winter of snow and ice, traversed massive lakes, dodged constantly shifting forest fires, and shot challenging whitewater. It took eight long months to complete the journey.

DIRECTOR: Dan Flynn,
PRODUCER: Winchell Delano


How to buy tickets

Tickets are: $16+HST Adults and $12.50+HST Youth

Online: With the use of Visa or Master Card – purchase tickets online at

By phone: Please call 705-789-4975 or toll free 1-877-989-4975 with the use of Visa or Master Card

In Person: At the theatre box office 37 Main Street East, Huntsville with the use of cash, Visa, Master Card, gift certificate or debit – see our hours of operation.

For special ticket requests or accessible services contact us by phone or in person.

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