April 26, 2024

Earth Day: The Original Mother

at Maine Studio Works in Portland

MOFF presents “The Original Mother”, curated in partnership with Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
Celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of the paddling season with a selection of outdoor adventure, conservation and paddling films for all ages on April 26 at Maine Studio Works.

Date: Friday, April 26
Venue: Maine Studio Works
Address: 170 Anderson St, Portland, ME 04101
Time: Doors at 6PM, films at at 7PM, end approximately 9:30PM
Tickets: $15 Advance / $18 at the Door


Nonprofit Partner: Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The NFCT is a 740-mile trail that follows historic waterways from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine.

Beverage Partner: The Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust who along with NCFT and other local, regional, and national organizations, works in Maine’s High Peaks region to protect important natural resources, secure public access, and support healthy human and natural communities in Maine’s High Peaks.  Learn more about the High Peaks Initiative and how you can get involved. All proceeds from beer and wine sales from this event will go to benefit the High Peaks Initiative.

Food Truck: On A Roll Food Truck

Additional support from: Toad&Co, committed to designing clothes that make you feel good, inside and out.

Other Info:

  • The film program will last just over two hours, not including a 15-minute intermission.
  • Please bring ID if you intend to enjoy an adult beverage.
  • The screening will be inside Maine Studio Works and seating is limited.
  • Film program is subject to change.


Film Program:
PADDLING ACROSS THE ADIRONDACKS – 19.3 minutes – by Ryan Symancek – Short synopsis: Cam and Mike set out at midnight on a massive paddling adventure—canoeing the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic route in a calendar day. The Adirondack Canoe Classic is a three-day race across the Adirondack Park in northern New York that’s been raced each September since 1983. When the 2020 event was canceled due to Covid-19, Cam and Mike decided it was time to take on the event’s less official offshoot — the Cannonball 90, sometimes called the Outlaw 90, where paddlers attempt the full 90-mile route in a day. This is the story of that day.

WHITE RIVER LAND COLLABORATIVE – SEED FOR THE FUTURE – 14.85 minutes – by Lisa Zimble – from Vermont – Short synopsis: A story about the White River Land Collaborative — a women-led vision for community-based collaborative farming in Tunbridge, Vermont.

LIFE DOWNSTREAM – 11.5 minutes – by Nolan Sawatsky – Short synopsis: Drawn to its whitewater, a group of kayakers never thought to ask about the Wabigoon’s history. And then, one day, they did. Life Downstream offers a powerful look at the intersection of recreation and livelihood and the reminder that to truly know a river requires questions most paddlers never think to ask.

DRIVING SWEEP – 9.42 minutes – by Greg Cairns – from MT – Short synopsis: Few river guides ever get the chance to drive Idaho’s Iconic sweep boat. Driving Sweep follows Katie Veteto as she learns how to “drive sweep” down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. She’s learned the rapids and the river, but can she stand on a 4,000lbs raft and drive it safely down steep rocky rapids?

WILD AND STILL – 13.35 minutes – by hugo clouzeau – from France – Short synopsis: Wild And Still, a short film with kayaking.

LIGHT BEAM FOR HELENA – 9.9 minutes – by Kirk Horton, Executive Producer: Ashley Peel – Short synopsis: Light Beams for Helena is a stunning visual representation of Helena Bourdillon’s mental health journey that takes viewers to the depths of her depression and how freediving set her free.

THE UNDERSTORY – 15.5 minutes – by Hannah Irvine – from Maine – Short synopsis: The Understory refers to the younger generation of trees that live below the forest canopy, growing in the bursts of light. Set on an off-grid homestead in Temple, Maine, this film follows an ecological immersion program for young adults. With guidance from Director Chris Knapp, participants learn homesteading and hand crafting skills, and reflect on their motivations to live in a conscious and connected way with the living world around them.

NO OTHER LAKE – 40 minutes – by Jordan Rowell, Duane Peterson III – from Vermont – Short synopsis: Motivated by a desire to better understand his home watershed, Jordan Rowell embarks on a two week kayaking trip along the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain, stopping to talk to a wide range of characters about the future of their shared basin. Set 50 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, No Other Lake is both a celebration of the unique beauty of Lake Champlain and a confrontation with its greatest challenges.