Rock the Boat … Rocks!

December 24, 2009 § 6 Comments

In early December, I had the pleasure of seeing a sneak peak screening of a rough cut of the movie Rock the Boat. It’s a documentary about the 2008 kayak trip down the Los Angeles River. The expedition was organized by George Wolfe of the Lala Times. The trip is the subject of three of the earliest blog posts at L.A. Creek Freak and is prominent in our so-far five-part series On Nexus and Navigability. (Extra credit for finding all 8 separate links in that sentence!)

Rock the Boat is directed and produced by Thea Mercouffer. The December screening featured a ~30-minute long rough cut of what is intended to be a feature-length documentary. It’s a treat to see a well-paced film, featuring lots of footage of the river – from soft-bottom natural areas to concrete channel. The documentary also features lots of context given by experts including Andy Lipkis, Ramona Marks, Melanie Winter, Heather Wylie and even me.

The folks working on the film are looking for donations to see it through to completion. If you’ve got money to spare, consider making a donation. For folks interested in checking out the documentary, see the preview above and keep your RSS tuned to LA Creek Freak. I am hoping to put together a public screening – with admission for a modest donation – hopefully in January.


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