Have you seen any good outdoors films lately? Here’s a little something: “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” explores spirituality and life balance through water sports. The documentary reveals a woman breaking paddling boundaries yet grounding herself in the commonplace and everyday. “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” delves into the shifting paradigms in the kayaking community. It was filmed over two years in several locations including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Maine coast, Lake Superior, and Lake Michigan (Chicago).

When not paddling, Bonnie A. Perry is the Rector/Senior Pastor at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois. Bonnie A. Perry is an ACA Level 4 Instructor Trainer. In the British Canoe Union (BCU), she is a Level 3 Sea Coach, a 3 Star Assessor, and a 5 Star sea paddler as well as a Wilderness First Responder.  She has trained intensively on the Isle of Skye and on the West Coast of Scotland.

Filmmaker Bio: Hether Hoffmann is an artist, paddler, sea kayak/SUP coach (BCU L1) and documentarian from Chicago. Hether has an MFA from the University of Kansas, where she created costumes and textiles for her own performance art videos and installations. After studying photography, videography and documentary at Ringling College of Art and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, she decided to combine her two passions: film and sea kayaking. She is currently working on a documentary series about two women sea kayakers from Chicago. “Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary” series explores how women sea kayakers aspire to accomplish their paddling goals while exploring themes of spirituality, social justice, challenge, community, and acceptance. Hether Hoffmann teaches art and leads Outdoor Ed at Quest Academy in Palatine, Il and is a current Designs, Astral, and Seals Sprayskirts sponsored sea kayaker. For more about Hether and her films, check out artcanoeproductions.com and follow her @artcanoe2