‘Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary: Bonnie A. Perry: Agency and Grace’ (1st in the series, 2nd film is in production) explores the spirituality of water and life balance through paddling, sport, and sermons. The video was filmed in several loactions including Pictured Rocks, Maine coast, and Lake Michigan (Chicago). Bonnie A. Perry is an American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 4 Instructor Trainer. In the British Canoe Union (BCU), she is a Level 3 Sea Coach, a 3 Star Assessor, and a 5 Star sea paddler as well as a Wilderness First Responder. She has trained intensively on the Isle of Skye and on the west coast of Scotland. When not paddling, Bonnie is the Rector/Senior Pastor at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago, Illinois.
Hether Hoffmann is an artist, paddler, sea kayak and SUP coach (BCU L1) and documentarian from Chicago. Hether has an MFA from the University of Kansas, where she created costumes and textiles for her own performance art videos and installations. After studying photography, videography and documentary at Ringling College of Art and Center for Documentary Studies, she decided to combine her two passions, film and sea kayaking. She is currently working on a documentary series about two women sea kayakers from Chicago. ‘Paddling in Spite of the Ordinary’ series explores how women sea kayakers aspire to accomplish their paddling goals while exploring themes of spirituality, social justice, challenge, community, and acceptance. Hether Hoffmann teaches art and leads outdoor ed at Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois and is a Current Designs and Seals Sprayskirts sponsored sea kayaker.