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Voices 2022

The award-winning documentarySheriis the journey of the incredibly strong entrepreneur leading the way within the male-dominated packrafting industry.Voice Above Watershares the story of a 90-year old Balanise canoe fisherman cleaning the ocean of plastic pollution and fighting to keep his traditional way of life. And on a lighter note, there’s always time between rapids in the Grand Canyon for joking and celebrating traditional wooden boats in the film,Dory Land. And eight more enlightening films about real people who care as much as they paddle.

INCLUDES THESE FILMS:
Sheri
Connected to Water: Stefi Van Wijk
Sand or Die
Wild and Still
Voice Above Water
Loon
Dory Land
How to Build a Paddle (and Survive a Canadian Winter)
High Water
Aniakchak
The Father at Cape Broyle

Voices 2022 could also have been called People, Culture or Stories. Enjoy 11 spellbinding films about real people putting paddling at the core of their lives.

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11 winning & shortlisted films

Duration: 2 hours, 29 min

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  • Sheri

Sheri Tingey defied the odds by starting a company at age 50 that revolutionized the outdoor industry. This film is about the hurdles she overcame to launch the company and how she hid from view so people would judge the boats and not her role in creating them. At this watershed moment of reckoning around equity and inclusion for the industry and paddling lifestyle, Sheri’s story will warm hearts while also challenging the audience to grapple with p

Director: James Q Martin
Producer: Sheila Smithson 

  • Connected to Water: Stefi Van Wijk

Though paddling is in Stefi Van Wijk’s blood, she had to find her own connection to the water. This Connected To Water episode features her story growing up in a family of championship paddlers, finding her place at the Madawaska Kanu Centre, and also what the Madawaska River has taught her after years of paddling.

Director: Ben Hemmings
Producers: Julie Mulligan & Joseph Coppolino 

  • Sand or Die

Step into the workshop of Andrey Yakovlev—Ukraine’s only master wood-and-canvas canoe builder. Viewers will be awed by his beautiful craftsmanship in this energetic and thoughtful film profiling a noteworthy canoe crusader. Sand Or Die shows that canoe culture stretches far and has a large fan base from different generations worldwide.

Director: Hlib Stoiko

  • Wild and Still


Known for extreme expeditions in remote areas around the world, the We Are Hungry crew set out on a different style of trip. With the Ubaye River as the main character, the kayakers seek the river’s source high in the Alps. From there, they follow the Ubaye as closely as they can through trickling streams and tight gorges, around dams and over reservoirs, hoping to reach the sea and find the answer to the question: What is a river?

Director: Hugo Clouzeau 

  • Voice Above Water


This is the story of a 90-year-old Balinese fisherman, Wayan, who can no longer fish because of the vast amount of plastic pollution in the ocean. Wayan instead uses his fishing boat and net to collect trash from the ocean in hopes of one day being able to fish again. The story is a glimpse into how one human uses his resources to make a difference and a reminder that if we all play our part, we can accomplish something much greater than ourselves.

Director: Dana Frankoff
Producer: Dana Frankoff, Eric Ebner 

  • Loon


Mike Freed took the trail name Loon in honor of the spirit of the lakes of the north. He’s carried that name with him through thousands of trail miles. In his later years, Freed returned to his home in northern Minnesota, where he has cared for 2,000 acres of land in the state’s wilderness lake country. A revelation on the Appalachian Trail gave him clarity on what he should do with his land and set in motion the steps needed to preserve his wilderness properties and his legacy.

Directors: Jason Whalen, Chris Zuker 

  • Dory Land

For whitewater dory lovers, there’s no better place than Idaho. The state’s miles of wild, free-flowing rivers are home to the country’s deepest gorges and some of the best big water rapids. In 1972, renowned conservationist and Grand Canyon Dories founder Martin Litton asked Curt Chang if he’d like to take some boats and a crew to Hells Canyon. After an initial scouting trip, Curt started up the Idaho operation. Since then, Curt has fostered a community of guides who care deeply about rivers, running good trips and the legacy of dories.

Director: Logan Bockrath 

  • How to Build a Paddle (and Survive a Canadian Winter)

Dreaming of warmer days, Fort McMurray filmmaker Willi Whiston goes on a journey to beat the winter blues by handcrafting a canoe paddle for the first time.

Director: William Whiston
Producer: Genoveve Zepeda & Matthew Lorenz 

  • High Water


A slow natural water cycle occurs on Georgian Bay, a 30-year tide of sorts. With water nearing its highest point in recent memory, renowned artist John Hartman heads out daily in his canoe to the back bays now flooded and teeming with life. He has lived in this landscape his entire life, and it has shaped the way he views the world and the role of humans in a changing world.

Director & Producer: David Hartman 

  • Aniakchak

Newlyweds Graham Zimmerman and Shannon McDowell are professional athletes in different sports and find joy and common ground in a new, fledgling activity: packrafting. This shared pursuit takes them on a harrowing adventure to Alaska’s Aniakchak National Monument, the most remote and least visited part of America’s national park system

Directors: Forest Woodward, Graham Zimmerman
Producers: Jim Aikman, Graham Zimmerman 

  • The Father at Cape Broyle

Paddle East — Episode 1: Corey Locke lost his father at a young age. Today, he is the father of two young boys. Like any father, he is often torn between adventures with his kids and keeping up with his paddling buddies. What is balance, and how do we know when we have it?

Director: Richard Alexander 

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