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The 2018 tour season marked the 13th year Paddling Film Festival audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favorite film from the World Tour’s 25 feature films. We had a ton of great films in 2018 and after touring around the globe Jochen Schmoll's Into Twin Galaxies - A Greenland Epic was voted as the Paddling Film Festival World Tour Aqua-Bound 2018 People’s Choice Award winner.


PALMER RAPIDS, ON – This tour season marked the 13th year Paddling Film Festival audiences were able to redeem a free digital subscription to Rapid Media’s paddling magazines and cast a ballot for their favorite film from the World Tour’s 25 feature films. We had a ton of great films in 2018 and after touring around the globe Jochen Schmoll's Into Twin Galaxies - A Greenland Epic was voted as the Paddling Film Festival World Tour Aqua-Bound 2018 People’s Choice Award winner. 



About Into Twin Galaxies - A Greenland Epic

Three National Geographic Adventurers of the Year embark on an insane kayaking mission in Greenland. With kite skis they tow their whitewater kayaks over more than 1,000 kilometers of the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the most northern river ever paddled. Crossing the Greenland Ice cap by kite ski is epic. Making a first descent of a river draining that ice cap is landmark. But accessing that river by towing a kayak across the ice cap to the river’s headwaters to kayak down to the Arctic Ocean is unprecedented; and that is exactly what National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, Erik Boomer, Sarah McNair Landry and Ben Stookesberry, want to do. Utilizing Sarah’s extensive polar experience, the team uses snow kites to cross the 1,000-kilometer ice sheet, before descending through an unknown and dangerous maze of crevasses to access the source of the river. With rapids so big they are visible from satellite images, this spectacular river is a challenge for even Ben and Eric, two of the top paddlers in the world. A ski accident at the beginning of the expedition almost sets an end to the whole endeavor. A little later, unexpectedly low temperatures seem to be another reason to stop the adventurers as they find their river almost frozen solid. Only the discovery of a second river that is still raging down to the Arctic Ocean puts the team right back into the game.


CREDITS:

Director: Jochen Schmoll
Writer: Drehxtrem
Producer: Red Bull Media House, Drehxtrem
Cast: Sarah McNair-Landry
Cast: Ben Stookesberry
Cast: Erik Boomer


Jochen Schmoll is a Filmaker, director and DOP. He became known in the sports filming scene for his numerous documentaries, commercials and branded content productions for brands like Gore Tex, Jack Wolfskin and Red Bull covering some of their top athletes.



Q & A with the Director


Q: Was there a particular event or time you recognized filmmaking was not just a hobby?

A: Filmmaking was a childhood dream for me and it is the only thing I ever did professionally. After school and civil service I started as a camera assistant at a german TV station and have been working in the industry ever since.


Q: What is the best thing that ever happened to you while shooting Into Twin Galaxies - A Greenland epic?

A: I guess it was the moment when Eric Boomer ran the monster drop at the end of the trip. Not only because I was able to get stunning images - more so because he didn’t get hurt more than he did.


Q: What other paddling films have you created?

A: Actually, this was my first paddling film ever.


Q: What advice can you give people wanting to create their own paddling films?

A: One thing that was really challenging was that the main action only happens once - and it happens fast. If you miss it, it’s gone. It almost happened to me while shooting Eric Boomers big drop because I couldn’t see where he was coming from before he was at the lip. Plus our drone that had a perfect shot of the whole action crashed and we lost the footage. In a matter of a couple seconds you can make or break your film. I was lucky.


Q: What do you love most about directing?

A: Directing documentaries is very different to directing commercials or other scripted content. Shooting a documentary means that you have to constantly re-write the script in your head. Everything that happens out there could open a new line of events and you have to be aware of every little detail. You are kind of simultaneously editing the film in your head while you live the experience. That’s intense and challenging.


Q: Are you working on any projects our audience can look forward to?

A: There might be a new project with Sarah and Boomer coming up later this year…If I feel strong enough to be part of one of their crazy adventures again...


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