Blackwaters, a film with Chad Brown and written by James Mills, chronicles the remarkable journey of five resilient Black men, whose lives have been tested by adversity, loss, fear, and the challenges of social injustice that plague Black men and boys daily. However, amidst life’s trials, they discover a source of solace and triumph in the great outdoors, where nature’s healing power mends their souls. Embracing the art of fly fishing and building a strong brotherhood, they embark on an expedition to the Gates Of The Arctic Circle National Park—a transformative adventure that transcends the boundaries of race.

Within the majestic wilderness, they find themselves on a vision quest, connecting deeply with the fundamental rhythms of nature and the profound poetry of life, which brings them abundant joy. This experience resonates with the wisdom of indigenous communities, who also find fulfillment in nature’s embrace. In this untamed realm, they establish their representation and create a safe space for everyone, particularly inspiring young Black boys.

Their journey serves a dual purpose: bridging the gap between young Black boys who struggle to connect with Black men in outdoor spaces due to a lack of representation, and Black men searching for belonging in the wild expanses they can claim as their own.

The tale unfolds through five perspectives, each presenting a unique life, as they engage in profound dialogues amidst the grandeur of nature. These discussions tackle the weighty topic of masculinity and endeavor to answer profound questions like, “Where does a Black man fit in nature?” and “How do we, as anglers, create space in nature for our next generation of young men, ensuring they feel welcome and connected?”

Blackwaters is a meticulously woven narrative that blends adventure, camaraderie, and introspection, with a powerful emphasis on dismantling the barriers faced by BIPOC individuals in the outdoors. The story strives to inspire BIPOC individuals to embrace their own journeys in nature, while also uplifting the lives of young Black boys, showing them that the green spaces are just as much theirs to explore and cherish.

Blackwaters, the 41 minute film will make its debut at the esteemed Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center, nestled in the heart of Portland, Oregon, from August 26th to 28th. Additionally, the group has organized a fly-fishing community gathering, set to take place on August 27th at the picturesque Wilder Lake in Dundee, Oregon. The event is entirely free and everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Below is the complete and up-to-date list of scheduled showings:

  • Portland, Oregon: August 26-28
  • Madison, Wisconsin: September 16, 17, 18
  • Atlanta, Georgia: September 29 – October 1
  • Stephensville, Texas: October 13-15
  • San Antonio, Texas: December 8-10

Stay tuned, and follow @_chadbrown_ to learn more about Blackwaters. Be sure to check out the full trailer by clicking HERE.

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