Resemblance: A Short Meditation on Paddling and Rivers

"Everyone must believe in something, I believe I'll go canoeing."

“Everyone must believe in something, I believe I’ll go canoeing.” This quote from Henry David Thoreau, which ends Dylan McKinney‘s short film Resemblance, should be enough to tell you this isn’t your average gnar-packed whitewater edit. Instead, the short, meditative video takes us from a dream-like morning spent in library and kitchen to a winter paddle on some raging Southeastern rivers. Slow-motion shots of surfing highlight not only some respectable freestyle moves, but also what’s so great about paddling: the chance to connect with a fluid environment. Waves crash and explode, drops of water hang in space, boats leap into the air. Even the final scene (at 2:30) of Mary Katherine Fields’ first female decent of DeSoto Falls in Alabama is somehow calming.

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