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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Bowdoin has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. A Registered Maine Guide and editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th edition), Carey has penned a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish and Twitter @CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at MaineOutdoors@aol.com.

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Maineiac Outdoors with Carey Kish
Posted: March 1, 2014

Maine Outdoor Film Festival Select Tour rolls on through state

The Maine Outdoor Film Festival, now in its second year,  is bringing a host of great outdoor adventure films to audiences around Maine via its Select Tour.

Sixteen films were chosen for this year’s tour, with a subset of these getting selected for each particular venue. Generally for each show there are from six to nine films and anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hours of viewing time.

Image courtesy MOFF.

It’s an exciting mix and plenty of adventure for an evening’s entertainment for sure. I mean c’mon, what a line-up…

Follow an expedition of Dominicans to the summit Everest. Trail along with runners competing in the Mountain Running Series across New England. Surf with a father and son team as they hit the waves of ten beaches in five days. Brave the rigors of the Swissman Xtreme race. Visit the bucolic Mount Desert Island and Acadia. Kayak to Saddleback Island with Windham High students. Make the first-ever snowboard descent of Katahdin’s Knife Edge. Follow the story of climber Jim Whittaker’s 50-year relationship with Everest. Build multi-use trails with the Town of Carrabassett Valley and Carrabassett Region NEMBA. Tag along with whitewater paddlers as they push the envelope around Maine. Plus a handful of others…

Whew!

Image courtesy MOFF.

“We’re really proud to have such a good mix of films, from international films to Maine-made films,” said Nick Callanan, co-founder and co-producer of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival along with Joe Christopher of Three Rivers Whitewater. “At least 75% of the films are Maine films.”

The MOFF kicks off in August with a big party and screening at Three River Whitewater in The Forks. Then in September films are chosen for the Select Tour, which then hit the road. And as you can see, the tour is still going all these months later.

In fact, four shows remain: On 3/8 at Sugarloaf, 3/13 at Washington County Community College, 3/15 in Windham and 5/16 at Cony High School.

Image courtesy MOFF.

Besides the great films, the really cool thing about the MOFF is who it benefits: Teens to Trails, the amazing non-profit that helps connect kids with the outdoors.

We support Teen to Trails because they directly support Maine’s high school outing clubs,” Callanan said. “They provide gear to over 70 high schools, directly enabling these youth to get outdoors.”

Awesome. Awesome all around!

Callanan used to produce No Umbrella, an adventure print publication that circulated from 2002-2008. After that business declined with the growing popularity of the Internet, Callanan still had all these great connections to the Maine outdoors and lots of wonderful readers.

“The Maine Outdoor Film Festival has been a great bridge from the print world to the video world,” said Callanan.

OK then, check out the MOFF schedule of upcoming films and get your tickets today. See some excellent films and help support T3. All good.

MORE INFO: Maine Outdoor Film Festival.

Image courtesy MOFF.

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