Reel Paddling Film Festival splashes down Tuesday

The Williams Lake Film Club will finish out the season Tuesday with the Reel Paddling Film Festival in the Gibraltar Room.

Tuesday, May 6, is the last presentation of  the Williams Lake Film Club for the year 2013/2014.

And as we will do from now on, we will finish the season with the big annual event, the Reel Paddling Film Festival.

We really are proud and excited to offer the World Tour 2014 to you as part of our program.

The films will be screened as usual at the Gibraltar Room, 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission at the doors is $15, however, you are already able to purchase your tickets at the advance price of $12 at  Red Shreds.

They also have the World Tour Program available for you for pick-up. It lists all of the films  available for viewing.

And, as I already have been asked, there will be no problems in screening this event this year.

The Film Club has in the meantime bought its own equipment,  i.e. projector, blu-ray, computer, so everything should go very smoothly indeed.

You will  see all nine award winning films in each category, documentary, whitewater, instructional, canoeing, standup paddling, short film, sea kayak, environmental, adventure travel, kayak fishing, plus a couple of extras.

We are planning  on two one hour sessions with a 15 minute break for refreshments etc.

We have previewed a couple of the films offered  and we can assure you that the quality is awesome, yes, awesome.

Or you might say excellent. Take for instance the film Stand, winner of the environmental award.

It takes viewers on a journey through the waters of British Columbia’s west coast. Under threat by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route is a coastline of immense beauty, pristine ecosystems, and a way of life rich in culture and history.

It shows the expedition standup paddler Norm Hann, an aboriginal high school class in Bella Bella building their own standup paddleboards as a form of protest, and the powerful surfing of iconic west coast native Ralph Bruhwiler, the diversity of people, incredible landscapes and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill is brought to you in all its beauty.

Or you will see renowned big game kayak angler and host of the Kayak Fishing Show, Jim Simmons, show and explain what drives him to travel the world in search of the next big bite. What a grand hoot that one is.

We can hardly wait to present them all to you, Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m., at the Gibraltar Room.

And we are just as happy to present  at that time a cheque in the sum of $2,000 to the LDA, the Williams Lake Chapter of the Association for Students with Learning Disabilities, in support of its tutoring program. Let’s fill the house and show that the Williams Lake Film Club really is a part of the community.

Yesterday, someone suggested to me that we start a Standup Paddle Club in Williams Lake.

We certainly do have the water for it. What do you think? You can always express your opinion on our facebook page under Williams Lake Film Club.