Throughout its nearly three decades, this film competition has provided the paddling community with a fun and profitable event to support American Whitewater and river conservation. In that time, the NPFF has also helped to raise the quality of paddlesport entertainment by recognizing talent and providing useful feedback for the artists who make the show a possibility.
As always the NPFF finds a great guest speaker, and this year was no different, with the film festival tapping Doug Ammons, a Montana native and a world class kayaker for the last 25+ years. Ammons has done dozens of expedition first descents of rivers around the world, and is particularly known for his outrageous solo descents of highwater and extended wilderness Class V+ and VI runs.
Ammons has also done seven television documentaries of expeditions for National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Life Network, four of which won Emmy Awards for their photography. He wrote the scripts for four of them, played guitar on the soundtracks of three, and won an Emmy for Action Cinematography in 1998 for footage he shot of climbing and kayaking on an expedition in Bolivia. These are still shown on American and international television to audiences of millions worldwide.
New for 2011, the main projection this year was also done in HD, with Jackson Kayak donating a Villain creekboat to the silent auction. Check out our sponsors at the bottom of the page and bid on your favorite items while supporting a great cause!!
Here is a full schedule of events:
Friday, February 25th
5:00 PM Doors Open/Beer Starts Flowing
5:30 PM Films Start
7:30 PM Introducing Special Guest Doug Ammons
8:10 PM Featured Film Raven Fork
9:45 PM Q&A with Thomas Oliver, Raven Fork Director
10:30 PM Wrap up. After Party at the Brick Alley
Saturday, February 26th
10:00 AM-2:00 PM Bourbon Tour on the Hour (at Distillery Gift Shop)
1:00 PM Not-NPFF Race on Elkhorn Creek
2:00-4:00 PM Live Music and Bourbon Tasting
5:00 PM Films Start
8:00 PM Doug Ammons and Our Featured Presentation WildWater
9:45 PM Wrap-up Silent Auction/Awards Ceremony
Tickets that cover both days of the festival are $25 at the door.
Children under 12, free.
The 2011 NPFF is proud to have two powerful films to feature at this year’s festival.
Guest Speaker Doug Ammons will be introducing the much talked about film WildWater which he co-produced with Jason Dewey and Forge Motion Pictures. It was directed by Ansel Fogel.
Thomas Oliver will be attending this year’s NPFF and bringing his epic film Raven Fork.
For more information check out the NPFF website:
National Paddling Film Festival