TUPPER LAKE - The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, The Wild Center and Raquette River Outfitters will bring the Reel Paddling Film Festival's World Tour 2012 to Tupper Lake at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27. Proceeds from the event support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and The Wild Center.
The Reel Paddling Film Festivalfeatures award winning films in 10 categories. The festival, in its sixth year, inspires people to explore rivers, lakes and oceans, push physical and emotional extremes, embrace the lifestyle and appreciate the heritage of the wild places around the world. The festival can be seen in more than 100 cities worldwide.
In addition to the Reel Paddling Film Festival movies, there will be one local film shown at the Wild Center's show. "Through Paddle" is a documentary by Enterprise outdoors writer Mike Lynch about his 740-mile canoe trip last year from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine. He was joined on parts of his trip by his friend Jacob Resneck; his wife, Ariel, joined him for the final 300 miles.
The 35-minute movie includes interviews with people along the way and footage of a variety of wildlife, including moose, otters and bald eagles. The movie features music by Steve Langdon of Saranac Lake and Frankenpine, a Brooklyn band with two former Saranac Lakers in its ranks.
Local sponsors The Wild Center and Northern Forest Canoe Trail look to bring attention to recreational paddling locally and along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the nation's longest inland water trail stretching from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine. In 2011 the Trail was named "Best Canoe Trail" by Outside Magazine. Local outfitter Raquette River Outfitters is also sponsoring the event to help promote the region and paddling in the area.
There will be a raffle during the evening. Prizes include paddles from Werner, Fox, Bending Branches and Wenonah, as well as an Extrasport life vest, t-shirts and water bottles.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketriver.com/event/2757-nfct-reel-paddling-film-fest.