Doctor captures dream of sailing built from found cedar log

Still from 'Building a Dream' documentary. Photo courtesy Wooden Boat Festival
Still from 'Building a Dream' documentary. Photo courtesy Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival

He builds a boat by hand from an old salvaged log. She pursues a passion for painting. Filmmaker Francois Laliberte captures a moment in the life of this inspiring and energetic Denman Island couple in a documentary that is part of the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival on Granville Island.

Building a Dream documents Bob Parson, 72, building a wooden lapstrake boat by hand from a cedar log he found beach combing 20 years ago, and his wife Velda, as she pursues her passion for painting.

This weekend marks the film's premiere, at Granville Island, part of the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival.

Four screenings of Building a Dream are scheduled at Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright, Granville Island, on Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Filmed over a period of two years, the film introduces viewers to a captivating, active couple and showcases the natural beauty of the Northern Gulf Islands through the seasons. It is the first film to be shown at the Wooden Boat Festival.

Parson's love of lapstrake boats and detailed craftsmanship is a perfect fit for the festival which features family boatbuilding as part of their activities. 

The 28th Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival takes place on Granville Island Thursday, Aug. 27 to Sunday, Aug. 30. The public is welcome to tour boats on the dock, take part in kids' boatbuilding, listen to maritime music and guest speakers, or watch family boatbuilders create their own toy wooden skiff to take home.

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