After over two years of filming, Artcanoe Productions is taking the show on the road. On March 11, Hether Hoffmann will be presenting, “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary”, at Canoecopia in Madison, Wi. Film excerpts, paddling-while-filming stories, and a short Q&A session will be featured during her talk. Hether will also be presenting her film at the Great American Canoe Festival, June 10-12, 2016, in Ely, Mi.
As I edit Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary, I never expected the documentary journey to be so full and wondrous. I will be presenting the film at Canoecopia in Madison next month. I remember thinking almost seven years ago when I first attended Canoecopia for the first time how cool it would be to present something. At that time, I had no idea what I would present. The purchase of a new camera in 2011 led to creative insights. 2012/2013 came I started approached Bonnie A. Perry and Andrea Knepper who I thought both would be awesome to document on film. I couldn’t have done this without the amazing support of my family, friends, and the paddling community.
Bonnie A. Perry coaching in Maine, 2015. Photo by Hether Hoffmann
Artcanoe Productions had a busy fall working on final edits, cold weather paddling, and final photography exhibition details. Hether Hoffmann will be presenting “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” at Canoecopia 2016. Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports fest in North America. It is sponsored by Rutabaga. Hether’s photography will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Prairie Center for Arts, January, 2016. (See invite below) Hether has also been creating and editing video content for her final Duke University Documentary Studies graduation presentation in 2016.
Still shot from interview with Greg Anderson, December, 2015. Greg, physics professor at Northeastern University, explaining risk management during his Inside Passage kayaking expedition.
Hether Hoffmann’s photos taken while paddling with Andrea Knepper. November and December 2016.
Artcanoe Productions filmed Bonnie A. Perry during the Ladies of the Lake Symposium. She was teaching a BCU/PNA 3* training class. On Sunday, she did her blessing of the boats. The clip below reveals a powerful, universal theme: acceptance.
Artcanoeproductions was busy during August and September with filming at the Ladies of the Lake Symposium and a photography exhibit at the Schaumburg Public Library. September ended with a fabulous Super Moon paddle on Lake Michigan.
Sarah Hartman, one of the paddlers in my film Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary, passed away two months ago. She was a paddler, friend, and mentor to many. Sarah was involved in almost all the Chicago paddling clubs and Illinois Paddling Council at one point or another. She opened her own paddling rental/lesson business.
I went to Montrose Beach yesterday to create a commemorative video. The resulting video is raw and is a rough cut- a bit like the grief and anxiety experienced. I was not done with filming Sarah’s segment. In time, I will find an ending to her film, but never to her story.
Photos from my exhibit at the Schaumburg Public Library
The exhibit will run through September. Documentary updates will be coming next week!
Filming the want, the need, the desire, the discovery, raucous fun within the journey is unparalleled. Finding it on the water is the challenge!
We filmed Andrea Knepper at Jackson Harbor a few weeks ago. Chicago Adventure Therapy was running their annual volunteer paddler training. In the video below, Zobari taught one of the volunteers how to do a contact tow. Zobari was mentored by Andrea and now works for Chicago Adventure Therapy programming. In less than two weeks, we are filming the Gitchee Gumee Program at the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium.
Artcanoeproductions had a very busy spring. Filming, personal paddling, interviewing, and getting to know folks in the Chicago whitewater community made for well rounded schedule.
The collage below features moments from the past eight weeks. We are so excited about the summer filming schedule! More to come…..
As I traveled through Quebec this week (for work), I was reflecting upon the Chicago paddling community. Chicago provides awesome training for paddling adventures. The paddling community here is lucky to have a variety of padding venues, clubs, and instructors. Part of the “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” story is revealing the journeys that are inspired from this community.
For the past few weeks, Andrea Knepper and I Have been heading to Yorkville, Il. Here, the Marge Cline Whitewater park was built on the Fox River. Only one hour from Chicago, the whitewater creates excellent opportunities to practice with long boats in current.
Montmorency Falls, Quebec