Independent DVD Review: Hotel Charley - No Big Names 4.
A creek boating film by Clear H2O Films.
Inside the box waits a documentary-style logbook of an expedition through Colombia, the Chiapas and Brazil on the search of amazing class V creeks. Ben Stookesberry with friends is hiking out to some of the most gorgeous drops in the Americas.
Some do blondes only, other seem to do drops only... Expect exciting class V waterfalls, steps, drops, canyons, pristine turquoise water and some nice paddling. All this is spiced up with incredible landscapes and nature… the remote landscapes are truly breathtaking. Of course the mandatory boozing is not omitted and just in case you missed the New-Years-Eve fireworks in your home town because you were on a boating trip, here's your chance to make it up now. The fair amount of comments and testimonials rounds everything up (some comments are fast forwarded, which I found distracting).
Sometimes , the quality of the footage seems to suffer. But, keeping the remoteness of the locations in mind, this is forgiven (who would carry tons of material out there). All paddling shots are taken from the river side, with some spectacular camera positions. It does not appear that this film had a big budget. Whatsoever, this keeps the movie grounded and gives it the flair of a personal logbook.
The footage is rounded up with sounds as diverse as electro, Latin tones and trashy music.
The DVD -chapters and creek-labeling keep the film organized.
This film is a teaser of what the Americas have to offer: Spectacular, awesome drops, pristine turquoise water and breathtaking landscapes… We all should hurry, there are still some vacancies in Hotel Charley!
- A film produced by Ben Stookesberry
- Featuning: Ben Stookesberry, Jesse Coombs, Ryan MacPherson, Ben Zupo, Tao Berman, Josh Bechtel, Heather and Nate Herbeck, Arthuro Cropeza, Waldemar Franco, Erneso Rivas and many more.
- Duration approx. 47min
- Extras: Learn how to use the Prusek for repelling.