PALMER RAPIDS, ON – The 2019 tour season marked the 14th year Paddling Film Festival audiences were able to redeem a free digital subscription to Rapid Media’s paddling magazines and cast a ballot for their favorite film from the World Tour’s 25 feature films. After touring in 135 cities around the globe, 21,681 paddlers cast their ballots and Nate Dappen’s film The Passage was voted as the Paddling Film Festival World Tour Aqua-Bound 2019 People’s Choice Award winner.

The Passage – Official Trailer from Day’s Edge Productions on Vimeo.

About The Passage

“In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some of the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage,” says filmmaker Nate Dappen.

“My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family. It’s shaped who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves,” he adds.  In the summer of 2017, Dappen and his family renovated the original canoes and set out with their parents to complete their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers and sons, and the wild places that define us.


Director: Nate Dappen
Writers: Nate Dappen, Neil Losin
Producers: Nate Dappen, Neil Losin

The-Passage-43-of-59.jpgAbout The Director

Nate Dappen co-owns an award-winning documentary production company called Day’s Edge Productions where he specializes in telling stories about science, nature, conservation and adventure. His images, films, books and other projects have been featured by organizations like National Geographic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, The World Wildlife Fund and many others. He was a Collegiate Scholar of the North American Nature Photography Association, am a Fellow National Member of the Explorers Club and an Affiliate Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005 where he studied photography and biology. In 2012, Nate got his PhD in biology before starting Day’s Edge Productions with Neil Losin. Since then, Nate has been a full-time documentary filmmaker. When he’s not on the road, he lives in Ocean Beach San Diego where he spends his free time surfing with his wife, Amanda and hanging out with his two dogs, Moose and Mola.




Go behind the scenes of the film and learn more about the journey in the feature story from the Fall 2018 issue of Paddling Magazine.





Photo: Nate Dappen


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