Two friends build their own kayaks and paddle alone for 97 days in the wilderness over 1,300 miles from Alaska to Seattle and survive to talk about most things.
The film has been getting rave reviews in screenings throughout North America for its humor, good photography and the winning ways of its two subjects as they paddle their way south. Paddler Magazine described it as "80 minutes of the best feature film about kayaking produced in the past decade." The organizers of the Port Townsend film festival said:
n homemade wooden boats, J.J. Kelley and Josh Thomas traveled the 1,300-mile Inside Passage. 2008 was the rainiest summer in 15-years in our continent’s only rainforest. For three months Kelley and Thomas paddled to Seattle facing the hardships that accompany a lifestyle predominantly removed from civilization. The adventure film documenting the project, titled “Paddle to Seattle”, is a stunning display of the awe-inspiring landscape that is the Pacific Northwest. Taken from the perspective of an ancient craft the film speaks to the beauty of people-power over a great distance. The film is interjected with moments of humor that act as a shining credit to the light-hearted spirit of the young adventurers.
The screening will be held at a Columbia College facility. The address is 33 East Congress Parkway--Room 219, Chicago, IL. Enter on the Wabash Avenue side. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Get there early as space is limited. There is no charge, although attendees will be asked to make a donation to help reimburse the filmmakers. There will be a second screening at 8:30 p.m. if the crowd for a 7:00 p.m. show is too large for everyone to fit in the space.