Friday, November 27, 2009

Finding Farley finishes first at Banff Mountain Film Fest

Finding Farley is an amazing story from so many perspectives -- outdoors, history, literary, filmmaking, Canadiana, the list goes on. I was delighted to read the documentary took top prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

The documentary follows husband and wife Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison, their toddler and dog as they canoe, hike and sail from their home in Canmore, Alberta to the home of author Farley Mowat in Nova Scotia, tracing the very steps the author had taken many years ago.

Heuer is also the author of "Being Caribou", a book about tracking caribou in their threatened habitat in Northern Canada and Alaska that has received rave reviews from conservationists and scientists alike.

From a personal perspective, I remember reading a piece in the (always great) Rocky Mountain Outlook when Heuer and Allison began their journey and getting chills at the mere thought of it. I read a piece in Canadian Geographic that included a photo of the couple carrying their canoe through downtown Calgary (making a stop as they canoed down the Bow River that skirts the downtown core's edge), only blocks from my old office.

It's extremely nice to see this effort com full circle -- Allison is the filmmaker of the award winning documentary. I can't imagine what this amazing couple will do next!


Suzanne Perazzini said...

They sound like a fascinating family. I am always amazed at the adventurous spirit of some people. I travel heaps and get as grassroots as possible but never anything resembling the adventures of people like this couple. I am envious of their spirit.

Michelle said...

I agree. I've been in awe of this family and their adventures since
I read about them beginning their journey. Their little boy is certainly going to have an amazing childhood!