Home game for CONGO – The Grand Inga Project
Seattle, WA – October 23rd 2012: Fish Munga in association with Red Bull Media House will finish their Pacific Northwest film tour featuring ‘CONGO – The Grand Inga Project’, close to home in Tacoma and Seattle! Steve Fisher, expedition leader and the director of the film, will be on hand to introduce the show himself.
‘Congo: The Grand Inga Project’ is Fisher’s most recent expedition documentary, and while it features the incredible kayaking usually associated with a paddling flick, it appeals to a much wider audience, focusing on the rich history and backstory of the epic first decent of the world’s biggest rapids, on the Congo River.
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. On the back of a string of sold-out screenings through MT, OR, ID, UT and WY, viewers in the Seattle and Tacoma area now have the opportunity to experience this human story of adventure first-hand during two screenings this week.
‘Congo’ will premiere in Tacoma, WA at The Grand Cinema on Thursday, Oct. 25 presented by the University of Puget Sound Kayak Club. Doors open at 6 pm, show begins at 6:30. Pre-sale tickets are $12 and available ONLINE HERE. Tickets at the door are $15. UPS student tickets are $10.
Contour Cameras, a Seattle based hands-free (on-board) Camera Company whose cameras were used exclusively on the Congo Expedition, and Canoe & Kayak magazine are proud to present a showing on Friday, Oct. 26th at the McCaw Hall in the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in Seattle, WA. Doors open at 7, and the show begins at 8 pm. Pre-sale tickets are available ONLINE HERE for $12, and tickets at the door are $15.
These particular screenings of ‘CONGO’ will have an especially home grown feel: Director Steve Fisher currently resides in Tacoma, where his wife Lauren is a grad student at the University of Puget Sound. Most of the expedition planning took place here and the team all convened at Fisher’s house before the trip. The opening scene of the film was shot at Point Defiance State Park and after the team safely returned to the USA, Fisher spent 6 months editing the film in Tacoma.
For the full expedition story visit: www.ingaproject.com
Further screening details: www.fishmunga.com/screenings
To purchase the DVD visit: www.fishmunga.com/store