Film festival short features White River

man paddling canoe
Dan Vallesky appears in the film in a familiar setting — paddling a canoe on White River.

A short film produced in Anderson to oppose the Mounds Lake Reservoir project has been selected to screen at the Indiana Short Film Festival which takes place October 7-9 in Danville, Indiana.

White RiverStories, along with its sister film, White RiverScapes, were created by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mark G. Dawson in opposition to the Mounds Lake Reservoir project. White RiverStories is an interview-based series of two short films featuring the reflections of Dan Vallesky, a river activist and president of Friends of the White River, and Michael Pace, Lenape (Delaware) Culture Bearer and great-great-great grandson of Chief William Anderson (Kikthawenund).

Both of Dawson’s River films were self-funded and feature the award-winning Native American flute music of Andersontown Powwow regular Douglas Blue Feather.

White RiverStories will screen as part of the ISFF Hoosier Screenings 2 project at 4 p.m., Sunday, October 9. All Sunday screenings are created by Indiana filmmakers and are offered free to the public in Danville’s historic Royal Theater. Those unable to attend the festival can view White RiverStories and White RiverScapes on the Save the White River YouTube Channel.



Two Friends events this week

We have two events happening this week and hope to see you there!

First, Thursday, September 22 at Hotel Broad Ripple: Join Rusted Moon and Keen for a special screening of “Live Monumental: The Movie.” The movie follows a group from Keen as they drive across the country raising awareness about the need to shift public lands into protected status. Due to the days being long, people are encouraged to come and hang out, play some games and enjoy some libations before the screening. You must RSVP through the Rusted Moon Facebook page.

Then, Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Look for us among the fun at the Rocky Ripple Festival in Hohlt Park.

Pirate Paddle float on White River

Pirate Paddle 2016Time for some paddling fun! The Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club presents its biennial Pirate Paddle & Party on the White River on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The nine-mile float begins at 1 p.m. at the launch site at 116th Street and floats downstream to the White River Yacht Club, where the paddling event is followed by an evening social. The HCKC asks that you register online by October 10.

Download a printer-friendly version of the Pirate Paddle poster (PDF, 1.2 MB).