Documentary Film: Dale Sanders: Source to Sea
01/14/2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
$5/Free with VIP Film Pass. map
The Wolf River Conservancy presents the Memphis premiere of this new documentary film about Memphian Dale Sanders, a world-record holder, champion spear fisherman, photographer, river trailblazer, godfather of river-angels, recreation specialist, and the oldest man to have solo paddled the entire Mississippi River. Sanders celebrated his eightieth birthday on the banks of the Mississippi River with a surprise party on June 14, 2015, less than a month after he began his solo journey in a specially designed Wenonah Canoe named for his grandniece, Anna.
Sanders—also known as the Grey Beard Adventurer— completed his full-length traverse, traveling some 2,320 miles from the Mississippi’s source in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico over a three-month period. That’s 80 paddling days, one for each year of age and wisdom. With the culmination of his journey, he successfully became the oldest man to ever solo paddle the entire distance of the Mississippi River.
Although a solo endeavor, Sanders was accompanied approximately eighty-five percent of the trip by his fellow paddler, Richard Sojourner. Even though he had to stop his paddle for a short time, Sojourner was able to complete the entire trip in 2015. He will also be present at the premiere to add his insight into this greatest of adventures.
This summer, Sanders won Canoe and Kayak Magazine’s Spirit of Adventure Award, a prestigious honor given to the person who most inspires others to pursue outdoor adventures. He also completed the grueling MR340 race from Kansas City to St. Charles, Missouri, as part of a team paddling a three-man SUP board. For more information on this illustrious outdoorsman, visit www.greybeardadventurer.com.
Before the film, join Sanders and other paddlers in the Memphis community for a free reception hosted by Wolf River Conservancy, beginning at 12:30 pm.
Dale Sanders: Source to Sea is sponsored by Wolf River Conservancy.
Directors: Austin Graham, Brad Tallent & Coltin Calloway | USA | 2016 | 60 minutes
$5/Free with VIP Film Pass.
Online ticket sales have concluded and this screening is nearly sold out. Any available tickets will be available in the rotunda immediately preceding the screening.