Katahdin boarders, Millinocket paddlers star in Maine Outdoor Film Festival, screening Feb. 28

It’s not too late to buy tickets to the Maine Outdoor Film Festival, screening at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at Unity College.
I attended the festival when it traveled to L.L.Bean in Freeport in September, and I thought it was great — entertaining and inspiring. I especially enjoyed the number of films created by Mainers, which opened my eyes to some exciting things happening locally in the great outdoors. Plus, the proceeds from this year’s MOFF tour goes directly to Teens to Trails, a Maine nonprofit organization that promotes and supports high school outing clubs throughout the state.
Tickets to the event are $8 and can be purchased here.
moff tourThe Maine Outdoor Film Festival, which launched its first annual event on the banks of the Kennebec in West Forks in summer of 2012, features outdoor films and shorts. Films in the festival represent a diverse selection of outdoor disciplines that celebrate the active outdoor community and inspire expression.
Films (in order of appearance) include:

  • “A Life Well Lived : Jim Whittaker & 50 Years of Everest,” 4 minutes, by Eric Becker of Washington. Jim Whittaker summited Everest on May 1, 1963 with the Sherpa Nawang Gombu (a nephew of Tenzing Norgay), becoming the first American to achieve this summit.
  • forest“Ma Forêt,” 7 minutes, by Sebastien Pins of Belgium. With the view of a child, travel throughout the forest to discover its magic, its mysteries and its meetings.
  • “The Way We Live,” 20 minutes, by Taylor Walker of Millinocket, Maine. While Maine sits on the outskirts of the whitewater world there is a core group of dedicated paddlers here that are pushing the sport and their own personal limits every day.
  • “Stan Herd: Down To Earth,” 27 minutes, by Bradley Beenders of Missouri. An intimate portrait of International Earthwork artist Stan Herd as he creates large-scale images on the earth which are best viewed from above. Stan found his canvas in the field on the family farm working with wheat, sunflowers, other crops, and found objects. Two of his first Kansas installations were the 160 acre portraits of Kiowa War Chief Satanta and Will Rogers.
  • “No Regrets…,” 12 minutes, by Brian Donaghy of Unity, Maine.
  • riding-knifes-edge“Riding Knife’s Edge,” 5 minutes, by Owen Cassidy and Nick Bowie of Portland, Maine. A snowboarding first descent of Knife’s Edge on Katahdin.
  • “Inspired to Explore,” 8 minutes, by Joel Osgood of Lewiston, Maine. Last summer, a Lewiston-Auburn youth group discovered nature and adventure – and in the process found their voice, their power, their potential.
  • “Donnie Vincent The River’s Divide,” 47 minutes, by Kyle Nickolite of Wisconsin. The documentary film of Donnie Vincent’s bowhunting journey in to the Badlands of North Dakota, chasing a whitetail deer known as “Steve.”

To learn about the Maine Outdoor Film Festival, visit maineoutdoorfilm.com. To learn about Teens to Trails (also known as T3), visit www.teenstotrails.org.

Aislinn Sarnacki

About Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.