The Long River Home
Sarah Leone, Seth Dahl, Timmy O'Neill
Aaron Howell, Russell Davies, Lonnie Bedwell
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Our Judges say:
Visually stunning kayaking movie featuring blind and disabled kayakers having the time of their lives. Inspirational and beautifully made.
Paul Hodgson Music Judge
This film focuses on what a group of veterans have gained through kayaking together, rather than what they've lost through their injuries. It's moving to see these men talk about how they faced the toughest of times and the amazing bond they've built through kayaking together.
The Long River Home is a 20 minute documentary film about overcoming the residual impacts of war through kayaking with a team. Aaron Howell and Russell Davies are combat veterans who were injured in war and now come together for another mission as they guide blind Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, on his third trip through the Grand Canyon. Over a 14 day river trip they battle more than 80 powerful rapids, screaming directions to Lonnie the whole way. Always looming downstream roars Lava Falls, the largest rapid of them all. Throughout the journey they remember their past experiences and learn that negotiating the rapids of life is as simple as forming a team, kicking out in the current, and finding a line through the chaos. Sponsored by: Clif Bar Executive Producer: Timmy O'Neill