For three years, Maine filmmakers Ryan Brod and Daniel Sites have been working on the world's first feature-length ice fishing documentary, Hardwater. They have set up a Kickstarter page to help raise funds needed to finish production of the film. Different pledge levels will get you some excellent incentives, such as full-color posters, DVDs, tickets to screenings, and even your own ice fishing adventure in Northern Maine with Dan, Ryan, and characters from the film (including our very own Mr. Tim Jack Traps himself!) Here's a description of the film:
Hardwater introduces 77-year-old Mainer Bob Foster, an avid ice fisherman who had, the year before filming, missed his first ice fishing season since he was a boy after being diagnosed with cancer. After successful surgery and receiving a clean bill of health, our cameras follow Bob hundreds of miles north to Long Lake, near the very top of Maine, where he targets big landlocked salmon - fish that he used to catch decades ago just minutes from his central Maine home.
In his excitement to return to the sport he loves, Bob paints a picture of Maine's ice fishing history. His stories and reflections act as introductions to key players in Maine's ice fishing community today. We travel across ten counties with an assortment of unique characters. From Sebago to East Grand Lake to Belgrade to Chain of Ponds, Hardwater exposes the challenges to our ecosystem brought forth by environmental shifts and illegally introduced invasive fish species. The characters in Hardwater must adapt to a rapidly changing Maine fishery. Ultimately, Hardwater is a film about Maine tradition, a shared passion for storytelling and fishing, and the ways in which ice fishing brings people together during the harshest of seasons.
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