Growling Beaver 2018
The Gift of Light
Chris Monette’s beautiful documentary about the origins and ethos of the Growling Beaver Brevet, an annual charity ride held in Collingwood, Ontario. The Growling Beaver supports the Davis Phinney Foundation and Parkinson Wellness Project, two charities dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s to Live Well Today.
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
This refrain of Leonard Cohen’s is from the song/poem, “Anthem.” Cohen asks us to accept our weaknesses and failings and see them as opportunities for growth and grace.
Chris Monette asked if he could make a film about the Growling Beaver. Over a few days riding with friends last fall, he created this film, aptly entitled "The Gift of Light." In three chapters, it captures the magic of our event.