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Paddle to the Sea

Paddle to the Sea

| 27 min

The NFB's 23rd Oscar®-nominated film.

Based on Holling C. Holling's book of the same name, Paddle to the Sea is Bill Mason's film adaptation of the classic tale of an Indigenous boy who sets out to carve a man and a canoe. Calling the man "Paddle to the Sea," he sets his carving down on a frozen stream to await spring’s arrival. The film follows the adventures that befall the canoe on its long odyssey from Lake Superior to the sea.

  • director
    Bill Mason
  • photography
    Bill Mason
  • producer
    Julian Biggs
  • associate producer
    Stanley Jackson
  • editing
    Bill Mason
  • commentary
    Stanley Jackson
  • musical score
    Louis Applebaum
  • sound editing
    Don Wellington
  • sound recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • production assistant
    Blake James



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