Winners Announced for Lookout Wild Film Festival
The Lookout Wild Film Festival board named the winners of eight awards Friday, including cycling, paddling and surfing films.
The award winners were among 34 outdoor adventure and conservation films shown to 1,400 people at the second annual Lookout Wild Film Festival March 21 to 23 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Centennial Theatre.
“We loved each of the films we were able to share with our audience, so selecting winners was very difficult,” said festival director Andy Johns. “In the end, the real winners were all of us who attended the festival and got to see such incredible films and share such a great experience with hundreds of fellow outdoor and film enthusiasts.”
The winners are:
Best Adventure Sports Film: Sea Of Rock
13 mins, Austria
Harald Philipp & Tom Oehler reveal a story long lost, involving a bicycle hanging in a climbing route at the entrance to a vast mountain range. The story leads us to two guys who almost invented the mountain bike and nearly killed themselves in only one day.
View the film here: http://vimeo.com/52834929
Best Exploration Film: North of the Sun
46 mins, Norway
Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern-Norway, facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean. There they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed up on shore, and ate expired food the stores would otherwise have thrown away. But the boys brought with them two items of utmost importance: Their surfboards - perhaps their biggest motivation for the arctic adventure. Because the remote bay holds a well kept secret — some of the world’s finest surfing waves.
Best Conservation Film: Stand
46 mins, Canada
Stand takes viewers on a journey through the waters of British Columbia's west coast. Under threat by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route is a coastline of immense beauty, pristine ecosystems, and a way of life rich in culture and history. Through the efforts of expedition stand-up paddler Norm Hann, an aboriginal high school class building their own stand-up paddleboards as a form of protest, and the powerful surfing of iconic west coast native Raph Bruhwiler, the diversity of people, landscape and wildlife that would be affected by an oil spill is articulated. STAND takes you to the core of the issue and unfurls the soul of B.C.'s west coast one paddle stroke at a time.
Best Short Film: bike lanes
3 mins, New York
Filmmaker Casey Neistat got a ticket for not riding his bike in a bike lane, then set out to see if it is possible to follow the rules.
View the film here: http://vimeo.com/25037336
Best Feature Film and Audience Choice Award: Congo: The Grand Inga Project
80 mins, Congo
Congo: The Grand Inga Project chronicles the trip of legendary kayaker Steve Fisher and his elite expedition team as they battle seemingly insurmountable obstacles in an attempt to be the first explorers to ever survive the torrential, dirty and vicious Inga Rapids.
Best Documentary: Who Owns Water
48 minutes, Georgia
A documentary film from the front lines of the war over fresh water, in America's deep south. Atlanta, Georgia has been one of the country's fastest growing cities in the last three decades. Today, the city can't exist without its upstream reservoir Lake Lanier, but the downstream users in Alabama, south Georgia and Florida need it too. The problem is, no matter how you cut it, there simply may not be enough fresh water for everyone.
Best Southeastern Film: Outdoor Chattanooga
25 minutes, Tennessee
Chattanooga, once declared the dirtiest city in America, has now turned itself around as a hub of outdoor adventure.
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