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Reel Paddling film choices made for tonight's festival

The selections have been made, several of them award-winning ones.
One of the short films at the Reel Paddling Film Festival tonight is a little film about a paddling group in Bella Bella.

The selections have been made, several of them award-winning ones.

It was not easy, I can tell you that.

Now the Williams Lake Film Club is very proud to present to you the World Tour 2013 — Reel Paddling Film Festival for the first time right here in our town.

The films will be screened tonight, Thursday, April 4, at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, Gibraltar Room, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

You will see incredible films about surfing, stand-up surfing, canoeing, kayaking — including waterfall kayaking — rafting and other adventures on water.

It is heartening to see how many  young people are not only interested in their sport but also learn about the importance of water for life — and learn about some of the nasty malpractices of industries.

One moment you are hanging on to your seat, and losing it, rushing through incredible whitewater, the next moment you are in a canoe in awe of the beauty of nature and wondering what you can do to protect it.

You will also follow stand-up surfers in Iceland in an amazing glacial landscape covered in ashes from the volcano fallout and two young guys from Alaska exploring the Ganges River in India, from its beginning in the Himalayan mountains to its meeting point with the ocean.

This is a great event for Williams Lake which prides itself on its outdoor recreation and adventures. It sets the mood for coming summer, and TRU is happy to sponsor this.

There will be a break between the two sets of films in which we offer you goodies from Hobbit House and the Cariboo Growers food co-operative.

We also have programs available (free)  giving you the opportunity to sign up for free digital edition subscriptions of four different kayak and canoe magazines.

This is a special event — brought to town just for you! Proceeds will be shared by the LDA, Williams Lake Chapter of the Association for Students with Learning Disabilities, and the WL Paddle Club. Tickets are $15 at the door, cash only.