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Transitions: Canoeing the Elk and Thelon Rivers
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As a supporter of independent media, financing this video has been a distinct and rewarding challenge. Post-production took place in the anthropology computer lab of the University of Chicago, and makes use of the best professional editing and film production software available to me: namely Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, and DVD Studio Pro. I have traveled extensively and conducted research in the Canadian north, and this video is a compliment to those activities. There are other guides to canoeing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and this is not one of them. I have specifically produced an impressionistic film based on my personal journey to this remote and starkly beautiful region. By producing a video in this way, I have specifically attempted to preserve that element of personal discovery and unanticipated surprise that is such a rewarding feature of traveling in this part of the world. While I intended to travel 34 days on the Elk and Thelon Rivers, I was unexpectedly called back to Chicago on day 21 of my trip. The narrative of my return forms a central feature in the film, and contributes to the theme of unanticipated outcomes that one finds throughout the video feature. I have decided to make this film available to others who might want to travel in the area, or otherwise learn more about the region by viewing a first hand account of someone who has been there. Any proceeds from the sale of this DVD go directly towards initial production costs, web hosting fees, and assistance with travel expenses and the purchase of video and audio equipment for future filmmaking trips. I recently finished a trip to the Horton River in the summer of 2007, the Coppermine River in 2010, and I plan to canoe the Kazan and Back Rivers in the years to come.