Summer’s End

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.

FOR SARAH: Stories Never End

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.

For Sarah:

Journey to Jackson Harbor: Want, Need, Desire, Raucous Fun

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.

Quebec: Journeys Never End

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

Andrea Knepper    

Filming Update: Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary- Andrea Knepper and Bonnie Perry

As Artcanoe Productions continues with the filming and production schedule, we’ve had a lovely time filming Andrea Knepper at the whitewater park in Yorkville, Il. Last Saturday, filming took place at Jackson Harbor in Chicago. Bonnie A. Perry was running an ACA Level 1-3 Instructor Development workshop. Both venues provide awesome viewpoints. Lately production tasks have included collecting field audio and soundtrack music, finding rough cut screening locations (to be announced soon!), logging final or missing shots, and finalizing the film festival deadlines list. Enjoy the latest film teaser!