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Borealis

From Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg to the family cottage near Parry Sound in Ontario, filmmaker Frank Wolf and his inexperienced friend Taku Hokoyama tackle raging rapids and gruelling portages on a 3,100 km canoe trip through Canada's remote boreal forest in an effort to shed light on the issues now facing this vast wilderness. This is not a typical nature documentary, however. Our amiable guides cope with bears, black flies and flat tires in order to educate and entertain us over the course of their 75-day adventure. The landscape is stunning and the guides couldn't be more entertaining.
"An appealing ground-level spin on environmental issues" - The Vancouver Province
"The challenge of making this film was almost as severe as the challenge of the journey it depicts. The makers showed great imagination to get around the limitations of a zero budget, livening up the narrative with interviews, jokes, sight gags, even dance! It gently raised important issues along the way, allowing these issues to arise quite naturally out of the journey itself." -VIMFF Jury Statement for Grand Prize winner 'Borealis'
Film Details
Feature
Format: 
SD
2008
MinutesSeconds
Run time6302
English
Credits
Director: 
Frank Wolf
Producer: 
Frank Wolf
Editor: 
Frank Wolf
Cinematographer: 
Frank Wolf
Additional Camera: 
Taku Hokoyama
Film Composer: 
Grant Baldwin
Sound Editor: 
Grant Baldwin
Still Photographer: 
Frank Wolf
Still Photographer: 
Taku Hokoyama
Awards and Festivals
2009, Winner/ Festival Grand Prize, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
2009, Winner/ Best Canadian film, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
2008, Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival
2009, Official Selection, Beloit International Film festival
2009, Official Selection, Powell River Film Festival
2009, Official Selection, New Zealand Mountain Film Festival
2009, Official Selection, Reel Paddling Film Festival

film clip from 'Borealis'