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Free confidence-boosting camps for teenage girls in wild spaces

SHORT STORIES

Thanks for supporting our Fundraiser for Girl in the Wild! Here are your 4 short films to enjoy. 

Moksha

NEPAL | 2018 | 22 mins

Moksha is the story of three Nepali women who are at the forefront of the emerging female mountain biking scene in the Himalayas.

The Olin Sisters

CANADA | 2018 | 7 MINUTES

Take a look into the lives of the Olin sisters, teenage professional surfers from Tofino, British Columbia.

Dead Last

USA  |  2019 |  9 MINUTES

Kaitlin Heatherly opens the film by declaring that she placed last in a World Championships climbing competition and she is f@#%ing stoked about it. 

Par for the Course

USA  |  2019 | 4 MINUTES

This film follows unconventional ultra-runner Mirna Valerio as she takes on her first-ever high altitude race at the Broken Arrow Skyrace in Squaw Valley, California.

 

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Moksha

NEPAL | 2018  | 22 MINUTES

Moksha is the story of three Nepali women who are at the forefront of the emerging female mountain biking scene in the Himalayas. The film follows them as they compete in races, become certified mountain bike guides and inspire other Nepali women to start mountain biking.

 Moksha came about through a collaboration between ASDT, Ladies Mountain League(Nepal), Himalayan Single Track(Nepal), and WRKSHRT media(Jackson, Wy). The key women who made this film a reality also include: 10 x Xterra World Champion Shonny VanLandingham, International Guide and MTB Director Julie Cornelius, and Media House Director Francesca Weikert. These ladies served and fueled incredible inspiration for this project, along with spending four weeks together learning from their Nepali teammates as this story came together abroad. The film also highlights the women on a week long bike packing adventure through the lower Everest region, facilitating a confidence building MTB clinic led by Ladies All Ride's founder Lindsey Richter, and competing in the Asian Enduro Race Series. These inspiring moments, along with many shared Nepali meals, customs, and dances have created long lasting sisterhood and love for one another, despite the age gaps and cultural differences of our team. In short, the journey shares a blossoming female community that few people even know exist and in a dramatically male dominant society and culture.

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The Olin Sisters

CANADA |  20168 |  7 MINUTES

Take a look into the lives of the Olin sisters, teenage professional surfers from Tofino, British Columbia. They spend countless challenging hours training and competing, but their love for the sport makes it look incredibly fun.

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 Maveric was inspiring. The lives they lead, the future ahead and the love they share is as pure as it gets.

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Dead Last

USA  |  2019 | 9 MINUTES

Having been born without the lower part of her left arm, 26-year-old Kaitlin Heatherly had never considered her potential as a world champion rock climber, let alone much outside of her comfort. But after attending a SheLift retreat for women with physical differences in Moab, and the encouragement of paraclimbing mentors, Kaitlin discovered her latent talent and passion for the sport. Within 5 months of training, Kaitlin entered herself into the national paraclimbing competition, placing her into the world championships. This is a story that follows an unassuming athlete’s journey to worlds and the impact that community and recreation can have on one’s self-esteem.

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Par for the Course

USA  |  2019 | 4 MINUTES

This film follows unconventional ultra-runner Mirna Valerio as she takes on her first-ever high altitude race at the Broken Arrow Skyrace in Squaw Valley, California.

Mirna Valerio is a runner who advocates for those with bodies that don’t fit into the typical stereotypes of what runners look like. Mirna discovered running in her early thirties after a health crisis and began running 5K’s regularly. From there, she progressed running sky races with some of the worlds’ most elite runners. Broken Arrow Sky Race is a 16 mile course with 5000’ of elevation gain and loss. The athletes in this race encounter snow covered ascents as well jagged, rocky ridge that traverse above one of Tahoe’s most prominent ski resorts.

We were approached to take on this project by race directors Brendan Madigan and Ethan Veneklasen about a month before the project. Our goal for this project was to humanize Mirna. We wanted to display that no matter who it is doing these types of events, they are going through their own struggles. There’s mental battles and regardless of who you are or what you look like, the emotions felt throughout a race like this are pretty universal. We decided that 2 camera operators meeting Mirna at various locations along the course would likely produce enough footage to support the story of her taking on her first sky race. Luckily, we were right and our efforts running around the ski resort with cameras in our backpacks paid off.

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