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Best of the Fest offers WATERMAN and STEPPING INTO HISTORY free on February 10 at the Grange

A double-feature night, beginning with a local short documentary film, Stepping Into History: On The Old Military Road Trail, followed by the feature film Waterman.

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s FREE Best of the Fest series will show two films at the San Juan Island Grange on Friday, February 10 at 7 pm. Don’t miss Stepping Into History: On the Old Military Road Trail, a short film directed by SJI slander Michael Noonan, and Waterman, a feature documentary directed by Isaac Halasima who will appear by livestream to speak about the film and answer audience questions following the film.

Isaac Halasima, Director

A Sidewinder Films | Global Sports Development Production

Surfing legend. Olympic superstar. Hawaiian icon. American hero. Five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku shattered records and brought surfing to the world while overcoming a lifetime of personal challenges. Waterman explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and the undisputed father of modern-day surfing. From modest roots in Waikiki, Duke swam his way to fame, becoming the face of a changing Hawaii – and a vital part of its tourism industry – as it evolved from an independent Kingdom to the 50th American state.

Relatively few outside Hawaii know the full extent of Duke’s impact on sports, lifesaving, and combatting prejudice. Through Duke’s incredible athletic accomplishments, the personal doctrine of Aloha, and enduring gift of surfing to the world, the film explores a theme that still resonates today – the role of sports in breaking societal barriers – and celebrates his triumphs and philosophy of inclusion, challenging us all to embrace diversity and incorporate Aloha into our own lives.

Michael Noonan, Director

2022 | 26 mins

During the 1950s, the United States and Britain nearly went to war over the San Juan Islands, an archipelago in the Salish Sea. At the highest point of tension, the senior commanders and civilian authorities walked those two world powers back from the brink of conflict, building a road linking the military camps. Today, volunteers are commemorating their peaceful resolution of differences by mapping out and recreating that old military road, highlighting the area's natural wonders and rich cultural history.


Each month through September Best of the Fest will offer other award-winning documentaries along with livestream Q&As. Programs will begin at 7 pm. Some are in collaboration with the San Juan Island Library; others are at the San Juan Island Grange. Since they’re on Fridays, they are a great “date night” activity. Mark your calendar and plan to view the exceptional Best of the Fest documentaries.

Mark your calendar and plan to view the exceptional Best of the Fest documentaries throughout 2023!

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