Finding Farley

Finding Farley

                                Finding Farley
| 1 h 2 min

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In this feature documentary, husband-and-wife team Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison (Being Caribou), along with their 2-year-old son and dog, retrace the literary footsteps of Canadian writer Farley Mowat. They canoe east from Calgary towards the Prairies (the geography of Farley's Born Naked and Owls in the Family) and then traverse the same paths that Mowat took more than 60 years earlier in Never Cry Wolf and People of the Deer. Their epic 5,000 km journey—trekking, sailing, portaging and paddling—ends in the Maritimes, at Mowat's Nova Scotia summer home.

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Finding Farley, Leanne Allison, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Leanne Allison
  • director
    Leanne Allison
  • narration writer
    Leanne Allison
    Karsten Heuer
  • producer
    Tracey Friesen
  • editor
    Janice Brown
  • director of photography
    Leanne Allison
  • location sound recordist
    Karsten Heuer
  • composer
    Dennis Burke
  • sound design
    Dennis Burke
  • narrator
    Leanne Allison
    Karsten Heuer
  • associate producer
    Catrina Longmuir
  • additional cinematography
    Karsten Heuer
    Alexander Taylor
    John Walker
  • additional location sound recordist
    Leanne Allison
    Eva Madden
    Christopher Miller
    Alex Salter
  • maps
    Michael Mann
  • animation
    Michael Mann
  • graphic artist
    Elisa Chee
  • clearances
    Found Images Research
  • transcription
    Pamela Pellegrini
  • sound effects editor
    Raphael Choi
  • post production services
    Technicolor Creative Services
  • production coordinator
    Teri Snelgrove
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Kay Leung
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen

  • Stephen F.

    I loved watching your journey today! I just happened to catch CTV news story about 15 year old Zev who paddled from Canmore to Missinipe to start his summer job. That story mentioned "Finding Farley" which directed me here. What a great family adventure that took you to Farley and Claire's cottage which is now a part of Nova Scotia Nature Trust. I look forward to watching "Being Caribou" and making a point to read Farley Mowat's books in the coming months. Thanks for documenting your trip for it is inspiring in so many ways.

    Stephen F., 5 Jul 2020
  • WilliamD

    loved this film.

    WilliamD, 30 Aug 2014
  • RobRheaume

    I just picked up the movie at Mountain Equipment Coop in Edmonton. I fell in love with Kayaking last year. My first trip was Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. Going to do the Bowron Circuit. This documentary is outstanding. This family is incredible. Thank you for sharing this experience. What a modern day inspiration!

    RobRheaume, 19 Feb 2012
  • FluviusVivens

    Amazing movie. Amazing adventure. Thanks!

    FluviusVivens, 3 Sep 2010
  • canoeguy

    I had the priviledge of meeting Karsten on the Skyline Trail in Jasper a few years ago and got to share a picnic table, a couple of meals and good conversation. As a result, I've been enjoying the books and films that continually speak of the wonder, the joy, the mystery of creation and our responsibility to care... It's also great to see another family sharing adventures together. Keep it up!!

    canoeguy, 28 Aug 2010

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