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Tacoman’s epic kayak journey down the Congo to screen at Grand Cinema

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Oct. 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
October 24, 2012 1:34 pm

Steve Fisher was born in South Africa and lives in Tacoma but it’s the mighty Congo River that takes him to the Grand Cinema on Thursday.

“Congo: The Grand Inga Project” documents Fisher’s kayak expedition down the African river – the first ever.

Fisher, who will introduce the film, says the movie appeals to a wider audience than just paddling fans. It focuses on the history and details of the first decent of the world’s biggest rapids.

This is no shabby hand-held production. Footage was shot from helicopters and cameras mounted on helmets and on the kayaks themselves.

‘Congo’ will show at the Grand Cinema on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $12 and available online. Tickets at the door are $15. UPS student tickets are $10.

Most of the expedition planning took place in Tacoma, Fisher says. The opening scene was shot at Point Defiance and Fisher spent six months editing the film in Tacoma.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Flowing at 1.6 million cubic feet per second, and twice as steep as the Colorado through the Grand Canyon, the Inga Rapids have resisted navigation for generations. Attempts began as early as 1874 when Henry Mortan-Stanley lost his right hand man to Inga after finding Dr. Livingstone, thought lost in Africa – “Dr. Livingstone I presume?” In 1985 a French rafting team attempted the same section, but seven men mysteriously disappeared.

While the story doesn’t end there, the scale of the expedition, and the river itself, are best shared visually as Fisher and his team of the world’s best kayakers (Ben Marr, Tyler Bradt, & Rush Sturges) overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles during their historic quest.

For the Full Expedition Story and film trailer visit: www.ingaproject.com

To purchase the DVD visit: www.fishmunga.com/store

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