VIMFF 2014 :: FILMS :: 

Sensory Overload

USA, 8 minutes, 2013
Directed by Rob Raker
Screening: Kayak Show, Thu Feb 13 @ 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
Rio Theatre (ages 19+ only) MAP

Chronicle of blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer learning to whitewater kayak.

In 2008 on a family river trip on the Green River in Utah, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer asked his friend Rob Raker if he could teach him to roll a kayak. Raker responded, "Absolutely"! Weihenmayer is best known for being the only blind person in history to summit Mt. Everest and the Seven Summits. Now, he has set his sights on learning to solo whitewater kayak blind. According to Weihenmayer, who has a long list of adventure firsts under his belt, "kayaking is the hardest thing I have ever done." Erik equates the chaos of kayaking to riding an avalanche, deafened by the sound of crashing water. Sensory Overload chronicles Erik's journey to develop the skills and mindset to fight through the roar ahead and paddle forward into more uncertainty.

Rob Raker has been an adventure filmmaker and cameraman for more than 20 years. Shooting for Nat Geo, Primal Quest, Discovery and many more. He met Erik Weihenmayer at the 2003 Primal Quest in the Sierra Nevadas and then again in Antarctica. After moving to Colorado from California, Rob and Erik became fast friends and adventure partners. For the last 5 years, Rob has been teaching Erik to kayak and has been his primary guide. 

Partners The Arts Office Arc'teryx MEC CLIF BAR North Shore News Vencouver Courier Waves Coffee House Innate Explore Magazine Georgia Straight Gripped Coast Mountain Culture ACC Vencouver BCMC Cliffhanger Gyms Contact Printing Great Explorations Holiday Inn Howe Sound Brew Pub LowePro The Hive Norco Polish Consulate