2018 Festival Lineup

November 3, 7PM | Gayety Theatre | Collingwood

Synopsis

The Sweetwater Film Festival brings people together to experience and be inspired through outdoor adventure film, fostering dialogue between family, friends and strangers alike. Join us for an evening of community and story telling that explores the power of the arts and the outdoors to inspire, engage our senses, and contribute to a life well lived.

Proceeds

100% of proceeds go directly towards our non-profit programs that expose local youth to active outdoor opportunities including ​rock​ ​climbing,​ ​caving,​ ​canoeing,​ ​kayaking, paddle​ ​boarding,​ ​snowshoeing,​ ​skiing,​ ​and​ ​mountain​ ​biking.

 

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Becoming History: 20 Years of the TenEighty
Becoming History: 20 Years of the TenEighty
15 minutes

Director: Mike Douglas

Twenty years ago the New Canadian Air Force and Salomon changed skiing forever with the release of the Teneighty ski. The original crew comes together in Whistler to celebrate the anniversary and look back at what has happened in the sport.

The Barefoot Biker
The Barefoot Biker
13 minutes

Director: Scott Carthy

Brought up in near solitude within the New Zealand wilderness, Casey Brown and her brother kept themselves entertained by honing their skills on the FMB track with the aim of making it pro. Casey’s world changed when her family moved to Canada, and she was faced with integrating herself into society as well as battling to the top of the world stage.

Big World
Big World
13 minutes

Director: David Morton & Fitz Cahall

As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests and soccer practice? Join Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne on a week-long SUP journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring.”

How To Run A 100 Miles
How To Run A 100 Miles
28 minutes

Director: Brendan Leonard

The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight, literally and metaphorically, and battled his way to a successful career as a political organizer. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.

The Frenchy
The Frenchy
14 minutes

Director: Michelle Smith

Jacques “The Frenchy” Houot (pronounced “oo-oh”) is a Colorado icon. He is an 82-year-old athlete who gets after it non-stop on skis, mountain bike, and the cyclocross race circuit. Jacques is an accomplished athlete, but the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival, ability to counter aging through laughter, and his impact on the community over decades.

The Passage
The Passage
25 minutes

Director: Nathan Dappen

In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family – shaping who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves. In the summer of 2017, we renovated those canoes and with our aging parents completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about growing up, growing old, and the wild places that define us.

my first time riding the north shore
My First Time Riding The North Shore
6 minutes

Director: Matt Dennison & Jason Lucas

The North Shore is a mountain biker’s paradise. In fact, it is one of the places where freeride mountain biking started. Back in the ’90s riders were huckin’ their meat off of narrow wooden structures fifteen feet in the air. Things have changed a little since then and the Shore is now home to a massive amount of trails that riders travel to from far and wide to get rad on. There are trails for riders of all abilities, however, your first time navigating the Shore may leave you lost, in over your head, and wondering why you didn’t choose an easier sport, like badminton or race walking.

Natural Playground
Natural Playground
3 minutes

Director: Ben Leclair

Benjamin Leclair makes the most of a bad situation wakeboarding through the streets of a flooded Paris. Gorgeous aerial footage makes it look much better than it probably smelled.

RJ Ripper
RJ Ripper
20 minutes

Director: Joey Schusler

The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers. Since learning to ride on a beat-up clunker, to becoming the four-time National Champion at age 21, RJ’s story is one of boundless childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.

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