This feature-length documentary follows naturalist Bill Mason on his journey by canoe into the Ontario wilderness. The filmmaker and artist begins on Lake Superior, then explores winding and sometimes tortuous river waters to the meadowlands of the river's source. Along the way, Mason paints scenes that capture his attention and muses about his love of the canoe, his artwork and his own sense of the land.
Mason also uses the film as a commentary on the link between God and nature and the vast array of beautiful canvases God created for him to paint. Features breathtaking visuals and exciting whitewater footage, with a musical score by Bruce Cockburn.
– National Film Board
Bill Mason was a canoeist first and filmmaker second, but you’d never know it from the skill he showed in his two most celebrated films. The short Paddle To The Sea (1966) is a true gem that bobs along with a carved toy canoe from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic. And his feature Waterwalker (1984) is a serene, unplugged sabbatical on the waters of Lake Superior that will inspire you to get that old cedar-strip down from the rafters of the garage. (1984)
Bill Mason’s daughter, Becky Mason, will attend both shows to introduce the films.
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Presented with the assistance of the National Film Board