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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.