As kayaker’s, we feel a deep connection to rivers and the ecosystems they support. Nothing makes us happier than paddling exciting rapids through untouched wilderness. This film is an in depth discussion, peeking into the hydro development industry in the Sea to Sky in British Columbia. The Callaghan River just outside of whistler has always been a highly acclaimed piece of whitewater. It is the keystone to the paddling community surrounding it. For years the river has had a looming threat of a Hydro project being developed. This would be a major detriment both to the ecosystem and the whitewater community of Whistler.
Society has a everlasting demand for energy, the reality is that fossil fuel’s are a finite source of power and alternative energies such as hydro are far more sustainable, but when done on highly valued recreational resources such as the Callaghan it is inappropriate.
“Us as a paddling community need to become an active and constructive voice in how rivers may help solve one of the greatest challenges we, as a species, have ever faced. We should help identify which hydro projects are good, and which rivers hold exceptional value for sustenance, recreation or cultural reasons and should therefore be preserved. Opposing every single hydro project will only cause other stakeholders to ignore us.” Maxi Kniewasser
This project has been an eye opening journey for me. As a kayaker I have been so one sided that all dams are bad and need to be taken out. As a filmmaker I have approached the subject open mindedly. I can’t thank Steve Arns and Maxi Kniewasser enough for their insight’s in the making of this film and all the work they have done over the years advocating for our community and fighting for these special places we all love so much.
This project will be fully community driven. It features insights from both Steve and Maxi. As well as aerial footage donated graciously by Flow Motion Aerials. The score for this film will be put together by none other than Island Rhymes. Full film releases May 1st, 2018