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October 2019 Films

SACRED STRIDES

Bears Ears National Monument is one of the most talked-about public lands under threat, though the dialogue often glosses over how sacred it is to many Native Americans. In March 2018, a group of tribes put their differences aside and came together to run 800 miles to Bears Ears––and to send a message of unity. The Sacred Strides for Healing Prayer Run wove from tribal homelands across the Southwest to Bears Ears.

 

Watch to meet the people who are participating in the public lands conversation with their feet, and learn about why this land is so important to them.

Filmmaker: Anna Callaghan

FIGHT FOR ARENG VALLEY

In a remote valley in southwest Cambodia, the people of Areng Valley fight to protect their home from the looming construction of a hydroelectric dam.

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Filmmaker: Kalyanee Mam

TEN TUAMOTUS DAYS WITH LIZ CLARK

So often, the best inspiration comes from friends. Not long ago, Kimi Werner and Léa Brassy joined Liz Clark on her sailboat, Swell, for a sailing, surfing, and freediving trip where they foraged for their own meals and explored the true beauty of the Tuamotus. Combining powers above and below the surface, they had a chance to share the things that motivate them the most—seeking challenge, getting back to basics and staying true to the authentic self.

Filmmaker: Michael Paul Jones

TEN TUAMOTUS DAYS WITH LEA BRASSY

So often, the best inspiration comes from friends. Not long ago, Kimi Werner and Léa Brassy joined Liz Clark on her sailboat, Swell, for a sailing, surfing, and freediving trip where they foraged for their own meals and explored the true beauty of the Tuamotus. Combining powers above and below the surface, they had a chance to share the things that motivate them the most—seeking challenge, getting back to basics and staying true to the authentic self.

Filmmaker: Michael Paul Jones

TEN TUAMOTUS DAYS WITH KIMI WERNER

So often, the best inspiration comes from friends. Not long ago, Kimi Werner and Léa Brassy joined Liz Clark on her sailboat, Swell, for a sailing, surfing, and freediving trip where they foraged for their own meals and explored the true beauty of the Tuamotus. Combining powers above and below the surface, they had a chance to share the things that motivate them the most—seeking challenge, getting back to basics and staying true to the authentic self.

Filmmaker: Michael Paul Jones

CHASING THE SUBLIME

Why do we put ourselves into the path of discomfort and risk? What drives us to get too cold and too tired, to battle with fear, in the name of adventure? Follow the originators of The Outdoor Swimming Society, ‘swim twins’ Kate Rew and Kari Furre, in this hauntingly beautiful glimpse at the physicality of UK cold water swimming, as two friends set out to chase the sublime.

Filmmaker: Amanda Bluglass

LIFE OF PIE

When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado almost twenty years ago it was not on the map as far as mountain biking was concerned. It was a small and tight knit community without much economic vitality. Jen and Anne have left an inedible imprint on Fruita — at the outset they were on the fringe and a bit ostracized, they’re now at the very heart and soul of the community.

Filmmakers: Travis Rummel + Ben Knight 

Photo: Carl Zoch

 

CRACKING ICE CEILINGS

“Cholitas” are Bolivian women with indigenous heritage known for their colorful attire, round top hats and ornate earrings. In the world’s highest capital city of La Paz, Bolivia, 11 Cholitas are on a mission to overcome sexism and discriminatory attitudes and climb mountains in their traditional garb.

 

Led by Jimena Lidia Huaylas, the Cholita Climbers were once high-mountain cooks. But since December 2015, they've been ascending the country's snowy peaks as mountain climbers. United by their love of mountains and a sense of defiance, the Cholita Climbers will stop at nothing to attain the feeling of freedom that comes from scaling great heights.

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Filmmaker: Eric Gonzalez

MI MAMA

Nadia Mercado grew up in a working-class community with her single mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and her sisters, nieces and nephews. She became a cardiac nurse, a bad ass outdoor athlete and a woman who is dedicated to helping the Latinx and the POC outdoor communities.

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Filmmaker: Jade Begay and James Q Martin

WITHIN REACH


63% of women said they could not think of an outdoor female role model and 6 in 10 women say that men’s interests in outdoor activities are taken more seriously than women’s. With founder of Hey Flash Foxy, Shelma Jun, we explore sexism in the climbing world. "Women climbing with women isn’t the end-all solution to eradicating sexism. But it is creating an opportunity for us to see that negative social norms and pressures do exist, which make women feel in competition with one another to prove themselves strong enough, good enough, tough enough to hang with men in the outdoors (office, gym, etc)." - Shelma Jun

Filmmaker: Anna Callaghan

DAWA

Dawa Yangzum Sherpa grew up in a rural village in the mountains of Nepal, and from an early age she knew that guiding was her calling. At 21 years old, she embarked on a quest to become the first Nepali woman to earn the industry's top certification from the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association. The IFMGA certification takes over five years and $30,000 to complete, and of the 6,937 certified guides worldwide, only 1.5 percent are female.

Filmmaker: Anna Callaghan

LITTLE MISS SUMO

Banned from competing professionally Hiyori will retire at the age of 21. Simultaneously juggling newfound revelations whilst preparing for the biggest tournament of her life, Hiyori is forced to question the reason females are forbidden from professional wrestling and why most women retire before their peak.

She has the drive and ambition, but is that going to be enough to succeed in a country and sport that is overwhelmingly led by tradition and protocol?

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Filmmaker: Matt Kay

LOST WORLD

As Singapore dredges sand out from beneath Cambodia’s mangrove forests, an ecosystem, a communal way of life, and one woman’s relationship to her beloved home are faced with the threat of erasure.

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Filmmaker: Kalyanee Mam

 

LEGENDS

Located in Galayos (SPAIN), you can find the “Pilar Norte of the Aguja Negra”, a magnificent and symbolic route which was artificially opened in 1972.
To free-solo climb it by using camming devices and friends is a challenge that no one had taken so far. The difficulty of the route, the commitment and degree of exposure probably make it the most demanding granite climbing route in Spain.
To embark on such a project is something that goes beyond any sports challenge.

Filmmaker: Martin Garcia Pablo

 

ELLE AIME (SHE LIKES)

Set in a surrealist mountain world, our main character -- the snow -- pays homage to one of its favourite snowboarders: Marie France Roy. Through poetry, dream sequences, and animation, Marie's world class riding is encapsulated by the feeling that we all seek in the mountains: pure joy.

Filmmaker: Darcy Hennessey Turene

 

STEER WITH YOUR HEART 

A touching documentary about Captain Liz Clark's decade-long voyage aboard her sailboat, Swell, in search of remote waves, new friends, and how to live in better harmony with Mother Earth.

Filmmaker: Liz Clark

 

LA CUMBRE

Kathy Pico, an Ecuadorian native lost her leg to Cancer at age 38. Reassessing her life's value, Kathy turned to alpinism. On July 28th, 2017 Kathy attempted Cayambe, Ecuador's 3rd tallest volcano towering at 18,996 ft tall alongside Chad Jukes and The Range of Motion Project.

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Filmmaker: Lindsey Hagen

 

WOMEN YOU WON'T SEE ON TV

A short film that’s a celebration of all the women you won't see on TV: the women who won’t go on to the olympics or break world records, but who enjoy being physically active in their own individual way.

 

Girls who are physically active are more likely to succeed. People are more likely to follow in the footsteps of someone who looks like them. Because of this, we feature a range of ages, bodies and backgrounds - embodying a realistic wide spectrum that can be found in sport.

Filmmaker: Bronwyn Davies

April 2019 Films

THE OLIN SISTERS

A snapshot of the incredible lives and talents of the Olin sisters.

Shot during The Rip Curl Pro Tofino, the Olin family opened their doors to my nimble and talented crew to get a better understanding of what it takes to become a professional surfer.

Spending time with and getting to know Mathea, Sanoa, Dion and little Maverick was inspiring.
The lives they lead, the future ahead and the love they share is as pure as it gets.

A LAND SHAPED BY WOMEN

Directed by Anne-Flore Marxer, the film « a land shaped by women » is empowering women and bringing a feminine narrative to the outdoor practice, it brings gender equality in the front of the debate. “We wanted to bask in the positive vibes of the Icelandic women’s movement and inspire to embrace a new mindset to a different kind of adventure!” As their travel unfolds, playing in the mountains, in the waves or under the spectacular northern lights, they introduce viewers to the iconic Icelandic women they met along the way. Gender equality has a long history and a special status in Iceland. As professional snowboarders who’ve fought hard for gender parity in a male-dominated sport throughout their careers, Anne-Flore Marxer and Aline Bock wanted to dig deeper into Icelandic women’s mindset while combining it with their love for the mountains and the waves.

PAIGE

Follow the best female big wave surfer on the planet, Paige Alms on her journey in Hawaii to surf the biggest waves in the world while being a great inspiration to the next generation.

KINDRED

Sometimes you just have to say yes to adventure and figure out the details later. Kindred is the story of how one single leap-of-faith led Izzy and Zoya Lynch’s city-based family on the unlikely journey of becoming backcountry lodge owners, and resulted in a lifetime of learning and adventure in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.

Through archival photos and interviews from the Lynch family, combined with stunning imagery of Amiskwi Lodge in the Canadian Rockies, this film inspires viewers to consider their own leaps-of-faith and how they may have defined their lives.

JUST ANNA

In an era where searching out and developing new routes seems out of vogue: all is not lost as we meet Anna Taylor. This remarkable Lakes-based 20 year old is bucking all the tends with stunning new sport routes and bold traditional lines. Anna unearths a stunning unclimbed line which proves to be a personal step up in terms of difficulty and boldness. The film follows all the challenges and difficulties with Anna on her journey to make the first ascent of the line, however all does not go to plan as the word gets out about the line.

Aziza

The call to prayer is a familiar sound in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Five times a day the minaret sounds, and people from all across Moroccan valleys pause to say their prayers. Embedded with a powerful sense of tradition, the people of these villages very much still live ‘the old way’, and many are subsistence farmers who live honest, humble lives. This is no different for Aziza Raji, it’s just that despite the daily tasks that are expected of her, she manages to find time to train to be one of the rising stars of Moroccan ultra-running.

Set in the streets of Bou Tharar and the wide, craggy valleys of the lower Atlas, ‘Aziza’ is the story of a young woman who has thrived in the world of ultra-racing. The combination of her ambition, determination, and the loving support of her family has helped her to overcome many social and cultural challenges, and has made her a role model for other up-and-coming athletes in Morocco.

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EIGHTH WONDER

Each summer little gangs of fishermen migrate to Bristol Bay, Alaska to tend nets on the world’s most intense salmon run. Their culture is pure and simple but also sharp and dirty, formed by life on the literal edge between land and sea. Here is Erica Madison, who quit a career-track job to boldly join the action. Problem is she knows nothing about fishing. Through her own eyes and those of her unlikely party-boy partners, we have no finer, or funnier, guides through this Eighth Wonder of the natural world.

TONIC OF THE SEA

Katie swims off the rocks of Penzance, UK nearly everyday of the year. Swimming has helped her overcome some of the struggles that life all too often throws our way. The hope is that her story may help others who are faced with similar challenges.

KEEP GOING

Irene has been running for forty of her sixty-eight years. She began running in the mountains when the mountain running scene didn't even exist. She's strong and passionate about being in the mountains so she's going to 'keep going' for as long as she can.

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