WHFF Dinner & Movie The Weight of Water

Extreme athlete Erik Weihenmayer, who is blind, attempts to navigate the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in “The Weight of Water,” the first film in the Woods Hole Film Festival’s 2019-20 Dinner & A Movie series.

The 2019-20 Woods Hole Film Festival Dinner & A Movie series will kick off Saturday, October 12, at 7 PM with the award-winning documentary, “The Weight of Water” by Michael Brown. The film screened as an official selection in the 28th Woods Hole Film Festival.

Dinner & A Movie is a monthly series of independent film presented by the Woods Hole Film Festival at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street in Woods Hole. The selections include films from the prior Woods Hole Film Festival, as well as films curated specifically for the series.

“The Weight of Water” is the story of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind man who embarks alone in his own kayak into the home of the most iconic whitewater in the world, the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Mr. Weihenmayer has already overcome some stunning challenges, including climbing Mount Everest, but whitewater kayaking is different. The water moves unpredictably, the rocks that make up the canyon’s walls are unforgiving, and the roar cuts him off from his guide’s voice and threatens his kayak. His friends are also in jeopardy and fighting for their own survival.

He soon discovers that all of the preparation and practice are not going to be enough. As the Grand Canyon’s crowning rapid, Lava Falls, draws closer, Mr. Weihenmayer’s fear grows until it nearly paralyzes him. When disaster inevitably strikes, he is faced with a powerful choice and a rare chance to change the outcome. This choice defines the journey.

Mr. Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001 he became the first blind person in history to climb Mount Everest and all of the Seven Summits—the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. He continually seeks out new adventures, focusing on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He founded No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers,and contribute to the world.

In his career Michael Brown has excelled as both an adventure athlete and as a filmmaker. He has been to the summit of Mount Everest five times, each time with cameras rolling. His work as a director and cinematographer spans all seven continents and more than 50 expeditions. Mr. Brown’s work has won many festival and industry awards, including three national Emmys and the Giant Screen Cinema (IMAX) Cinematography Award.

Tickets are $14 per person, $12 for Woods Hole Film Festival members, and $10 for students and veterans, and are on sale in advance at www.woodsholefilmfestival.org and at the door. Doors open at 6:30 PM. On the night of each screening, participating restaurants, including the Captain Kidd, Quick’s Hole Tavern and the Landfall, will offer a special for ticket holders. The restaurant purchase is separate from the film ticket. Contact each restaurant directly for reservations and for further information.

For a list of upcoming screenings visit www.woodsholefilmfestival.org.

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