My
October
Paddler
arrived, and page 20 of the
Hot Line
Department
reported on the 1995
Bluegrass Paddling Film Festival. This immediately caught my eye,
since Will’s film
The Faultline
won the Amateur Recreation/Scenic category. Will tells me that he
sent a copy to Walter Howard, GCA Librarian (706-694-3557), so it
should be available to any GCA member for the nominal postage fee.

Will
shot most footage of
The Faultline
during the 1994 winter/spring paddling season to document local
creeks coming off the Brevard Fault. The fault runs from New
Hampshire to Alabama; its most notable drop is Great Falls on the
Potomac. This film is unique because it features seldom-run local
steep creeks, has more open canoe and C-1 action than any creek video
I have seen, and is set to classic bluegrass.

The
lead-in has vignettes of the Upper Chattahoochee, Cartecay, and Murder Creek.
The Faultline
then moves to a first descent of Settingdown Creek, which Will wrote
up in The Eddy Line. Next comes the Etowah, which is not unique for
GCAers, except the film shows virtually every line off the falls
(including how not to run them in a tandem canoe). The film
continues with metro area creeks, Paradise Falls on the Appalachee,
Sweetwater Creek, Sope Creek, Anneewakee (near Sweetwater), and a
first descent (C-1 and OC-1) of Whooping Creek.

The
final Georgia shots cover Grendel Falls and Copper Mine Rapid on the
Chestatee (most local paddlers have done lower sections of this
river), and the Mulberry in South Georgia. The Mulberry is unique;
it drops over 400 ft/mile at the beginning. We believe Will’s
group made one of the first descents.

Unfortunately,
the Girl Scout group which owns the land brought the season to halt
when they threatened to have any paddlers arrested. Too bad,
because, the scenes on the Mulberry are among my favorites in the
video. There is one unique sequence of Will and David Tillman
playing vertical canoe-tag.

The
Brevard fault ends in Birmingham, and Will got footage of all the
major drops in Alabama. These include Satan’s Garden on the Little
Uche, the Tallapoosa below Thurlow dam, and the Coosa River Rodeo.

The
Faultline
has a unique ending. The
final credits overlay footage of a rare seasonal descent of the
Georgia Tech library fountain.

[Hey,
Will! How about a presentation of this award-winning video at one of
our monthly meetings? Contact Chris Bilello at 770-441-2418 to
volunteer. It could result in substantial sales! – Editor]

by
William C. Reeves (The Hawk)
From The Eddy Line, December 1995