Zoe Hopkins’ debut family adventure, ‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ explores the human themes of love, family, bravery and forgiveness as a small family sets out for a kayaking adventure of a lifetime along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest. ‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ will screen on May 12th at Gray d’Albion, Room Gray 2.

May 12, 2018 – TriCoast Worldwide is proud to represent Canadian Heiltsuk/Mohawk filmmaker Zoe Hopkins’ family adventure, ‘KAYAK TO KLEMU’ – a story about a grieving family who kayaks to the island of Klemtu, only to find that true adventure is with each other at this year’s Cannes Film Festival Marché du Film, screening on May 12th at Gray d’Albion, Room Gray 2 at 17:30.

Directed by Zoe Hopkins (‘Mohawk Midnight Runners’) and co-written by Hopkins and Michael Sparaga (‘Servitude’), ‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ follows 14-year-old Ella (Ta’kaiya Blaney) on her journey to fulfill her Uncle David’s (Evan Adams) dying wish – to kayak to the remote island of Klemtu and to stand and testify to protect their ancestral land from an oil pipeline. To honor her Uncle’s memory and fulfill his dying wish, Ella makes it her mission to kayak from Tai’Amin to Klemtu, where she can lay her Uncle to rest at his home and stand in his place to defend their beloved homeland waters. Ella’s strong, youthful self is prepared for the hardships of kayaking down the currents of the Inside Passage and braving the wildlife of B.C.’s stunning Great Bear Rainforest that will surround her. But, Ella’s biggest challenge will be with who accompanies her on the adventure – her other grouchy Uncle Don (Lorne Cardinal), her compulsive and recently widowed Aunt Cory (Sonja Bennett), and her Uncle Dave’s clumsy stepson, Alex (Jared Ager-Foster). On the family’s kayak trip, they will have to learn to navigate the waters, while searching for ways to cope with the loss of their loved one. Can the family work together to survive the beautiful but dangerous trip and still make it on time to save their indigenous homeland waters?

Produced by Sheryl Kotzer and Daniel Bekerman from Scythia Films, the leading Canadian service producer, ‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ is about more than family, ethnic loyalties, and the loss of a loved one, but rather, a film deeply rooted in humanity, which spotlights the possible catastrophic effects that could occur on any part of our world’s coastlines and waterways.

Quickly emerging into the Hollywood spotlight, Bekerman has produced over 20 films in the last four years. His works have received several prestigious accolades, including the US/Canada co-production, ‘The Witch’, winner for Best Director Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, winner 2017 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (sales: Universal, A24), and finished in 2016 as one of the highest grossing independent films worldwide. Bekerman is also credited for ‘Rememory’ starring Peter Dinklage and Anton Yelchin, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Canada/Denmark co-production ‘Backstabbing For Beginners’ starring Theo James and Ben Kingsley (sales: A24). “Ultimately [the characters] are grounded in the universal aspects of the human experience: Bravery, loss, family, forgiveness. I feel movies like this, with a strong sense of purpose, are the best ones to tell to cut through the unpredictable and tumultuous waters of today’s cluttered market,” said Bekerman to PLAYBACK DAILY’s Jordan Pinto.

‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ had its world premiere on Oct. 20th at the 2017 TIFF Bell Lightbox. Since, the film has successfully competed in several film festivals, including Cine Las Americas, Powel River Film Festival, imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival (2017), receiving the Audience Choice Award, and Victoria Film Festival Canada (2008), where the film departed with the Festival Prize for Best Canadian First Feature.

TriCoast Worldwide CEOs, Strathford Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton will represent Hopkins’ ‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ at this year’s Cannes Film Festivalfor worldwide rights, excluding Canada, with a feature screening on May 12th at Gray d’Albion, Room Gray 2 at 17:30.TriCoast Worldwide’s Cannes booth will be located at Riviera D3.

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‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ stars several Canadian-native and award winning actors, including Evan Adams (‘Lost in the Barrens’, ‘Smoke Signals’), Jared Ager Foster (‘Horns’, ‘The X-Files’, ‘Proof’), Sonja Bennett (‘The Fog’, ‘Fido’, ‘Preggoland’), Lorne Cardinal (‘Corner Gas’ ‘Insomnia’, FX’s (‘Fargo’) and Ta’kaiya Blaney (‘Savage’, ‘Shi-Shi-Etko’).

Watch the trailer for ‘KAYAK TO KLEMTU’ here:  

KAYAK TO KLEMTU (2017, 90 min.) Directed by Zoe Hopkins. Written and directed by:  Zoe Hopkins, Michael Sparaga. Produced by: Daniel Bekerman, Sheryl Kotzer. Edited by: Simone Smith. Cinematographer: Vince Arvidson. Original Music: Oleksa Lozowchuk. Original Music: Valentin Simonelli. Canada, English. Scythia Films, TriCoast Worldwide.

Produced by: Scythia Films’ Daniel Bekerman and Sheryl Kotzer.

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Founded by: Strathford Hamilton and Marcy Levitas Hamilton. 

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