November 8, 2012 - 4:45am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 8, 2012

DEEP BAY, BC - Sailing enthusiasts on Vancouver Island will want to converge at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station for a special screening of the award-winning film “Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” on Nov. 14.

Local film maker Laura Winter of Tigersnail Film, who is undertaking a sailing, film and research project around the world with Thorsten Boehnke, is back home in Bowser, BC and will show the film as a kick-off for a regular film series at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

“Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” is the first episode in a documentary series about nature conservation along the traditional sailing routes, titled “Running Downwind.” Winter and Boehnke are sailing around the world on their boat “Corinthian” to produce this exceptional documentary.
Winter will be present at the screening to answer questions and engage in discussion.

The “Corinthian” is lying in the Caribbean, ready for the Pacific crossing. She serves as a floating home, studio and mode of transportation, greatly increasing the flexibility of the filmmakers. They have already captured footage for the second “Running Downwind” episode about the Caribbean.

“Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” won first prize in the 18th annual Montevideo travel documentary festival in Kiel, Germany. In the 16th annual Montevideo festival, Tigersnail Film's “Only 20 days to Saigon” also won first prize.

The German version of “Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” premiered in Merching, Germany in October 2011. Since then, it has been shown in several cities in Germany, most recently in the Independent Days 12 Film Festival in Karlsruhe. The English version of the film has impressed audiences in the Caribbean.

Scenes from “Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” have been shown on French-German, Portuguese and Spanish television. The Geomar Centre for Ocean Research Kiel showed footage from the film on the occasion of the official visit of the president of Cape Verde in Kiel.

Deep Bay Marine Field Station is located at 370 Crome Point Road in Bowser. For Driving directions go to:

Doors open at 6:30 pm and refreshments will available. Admission is $10 at the door; $8 in advance. For ticket locations, go to or

A film screening also takes place in Cumberland on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 pm at the Riding Fool Hostel.

A preview of “Hitchhiking across the Atlantic” and more information can be found at:


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