Congo takes the cake
'Grand Inga Project' takes Best Film title at X-Dance, producer-paddler Steve Fisher takes Athlete of the Year
Congrats to Steve Fisher, whose latest film release, CONGO: The Grand Inga Project, produced by Red Bull Media House and made in association with Fish Munga, won Best Film at the 13th annual X-Dance Film Festival Nov. 8–11 in Salt Lake City. Fisher, above, directed, produced and edited the film, and also won Athlete of the Year. CONGO was the first kayak movie ever to win Best Film at X-Dance, and it’s also the first time Athlete of the Year has been awarded to an athlete who also directed the film.
“The way he told the story, the characters he introduced, and the river itself—it all made for a winning film,” X-Dance Director and Head Judge Brian Wimmer said in a recent press release from Red Bull. “We judge on all elements of filmmaking, including cinematography, editing, storytelling, music, and action, and in CONGO, every aspect was done well. It’s a film that will transcend its sport.”
CONGO documented Fisher’s epic first descent of the world’s biggest rapids (flowing at over 1.6 million cubic feet per second) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Read more HERE.)
“This film festival means a lot to me because it’s the only one completely dedicated to action sports,” Fisher said. “To have that panel of judges call my film the best action sports film of the year is the most satisfying moment for a filmmaker. I had two goals: to be the first to kayak the world’s biggest rapids and to legitimize myself as a filmmaker. I’m proud to say I was able to do both.”