We’re excited to announce the lineup of adventure films for this year’s Adventure, Inspired, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 14.
All the films that we’ll screen come complete with a message of inspiration: those who love to play in our majestic mountains, rivers and valleys can and should be the foremost champions of their defense.
The evening will be MC’d by a man who received the Bronze Star for Merit for his defense of our country during a year in Iraq as a Captain in the United States Army: Stacy Bare.
Bare is the recipient of The 2015 SHIFT Adventure Athlete award, a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, a brand ambassador for The North Face and Keen Footwear, and the Director of the award-winning Sierra Club Outdoors, which hosts 265,000 people a year in various outings from picnics to major mountaineering and riverine expeditions.
The evening will begin with a presentation of The 2016 SHIFT Award winners, followed by the presentation of a provocative lineup of films introduced by their producers, directors and protagonists, who will then discuss, on stage, what we can do as a tribe to protect the places in which we play.
2016 ADVENTURE, INSPIRED FILM PROGRAM
Douglas Tompkins: Wild Legacy
Producer/Director: James Q Martin | Run time: 15:51 minutes
In person: James Q Martin
“If anything can save the world, I’d put my money on beauty” – Douglas Tompkins
Douglas Tompkins was a world-renowned adventurer, entrepreneur, and conservationist. Co-founder of The North Face and Esprit, Doug spent the first half of his life building successful, global brands, while simultaneously adventuring around the world, completing first descents of the world’s toughest rivers. A Wild Legacy tells the story of Doug’s incredible life, his lasting impact on the wild landscapes of Patagonia, and Kris and the Tompkins Conservation team’s efforts to continue his audacious mission.
PACE: Pedal to Peaks
Produced by: Joey Schusler | Run time: 2:43 minutes
In person: Brody Leven
Adventure skier and storyteller Brody Leven chooses to adventure in a human-powered fashion. This award-winning short tells the story of his activism through mountain adventure.
Director: Danny Schmidt | Run time: 7:08 minutes
In person: Mike Kautz, Program Director, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation
In February of 2014, a remotely triggered camera in Utah’s rugged Uinta mountains captured a picture of something no one thought possible in the area: a wolverine. This elusive creature hadn’t been spotted here for nearly 40 years. This one photograph set in motion a massive undertaking to find if these badasses of the animal kingdom were setting up shop here for good. Under the guidance of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, ultrarunners took to the mountains setting up and checking camera traps around the ecosystem in search of more photographic evidence. The result? A comprehensive survey of wildlife in the range and a model for citizen science projects everywhere.
Diversity and Inclusion In Our Wild Spaces
In May 2016 a campfire discussion in Yosemite National Park addressed one of the most important issues facing the conservation movement and outdoor recreation: improving the diversity of both the visitation to and the employment within our parks and wild spaces. Produced by Teresa Baker, the Founder of African American Nature and Parks Experiences, this short film explores a stark reality: until our public lands are relevant to all Americans, the movement to protect them will not be strong enough to succeed.
When 1 Million Black Women Walk
Produced by: Teach for All | Run time: 5:33 minutes
In person: Carmen Harris, Chief Impact Officer, GirlTrek
Morgan Dixon is building a movement of (54,178 and counting) African American women who are dedicated to self-care, collective action and the transformation of their communities.
What If You Fly
Producer: Taylor Rees & Renan Ozturk | Run time: 9:46 minutes
In person: Taylor Rees
Hawaiian artist and muralist Sean Yoro (a.k.a. HULA) traveled to the arctic waters of Baffin Island, Nunavut, to paint a portrait of a local Inuit woman on the sea ice. This is the most technical and remote location that Sean has ever attempted a mural, and the wild forces of nature at the top of the world are unpredictable. But for Sean, the physical and creative risks are worth it for a chance at something new.
“There is freedom waiting for you
On the breezes of the sky
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling
What if you fly?”― Erin Hanson
The Teewinot Picnic
Director: Galen Knowles | Run time: 10:09 minutes
In person: Zeppelin Zeerip
Jackson, Wyoming, artist Kelly Halpin grew up in the shadow of the Tetons, where the fragility of the balance between man and land is ubiquitous. A human-powered excursion from town to the top of 12,326-foot Teewinot and back offers her, quite literally, a chance to immerse herself in the landscape of her home. World premiere.