(United States, 1 Hour 24 min)
Director: Pete McBride
Producer: Amanda Pollak, Stephen Ives
Journalists Pete McBride and Kevin Fedarko set out on assignment for National Geographic Magazine to traverse the Grand Canyon by foot. They hope this 750-mile walk will help them better understand one of America’s most revered landscapes and the commercial development poised to alter it forever.
(United States, 5 min)
Director: Steve Jones, Todd Jones, Blake Campbell
Far Out embodies the imagination as much as it does a physical space. It is the quest to seek out undiscovered realms and inspire new waves of creativity, enlightenment, and progression. It is the quest to be blown away. You won’t believe what this 11-year-old can do on skis at Jackson Hole!
*Special Guest Expected
(United States, 7 min)
Director: William Desena
Producer: Lindsey Hagen
Growing up in Los Angeles as an African American lesbian in the 1960s, Gevin found that the world wasn’t always forgiving. She started riding dirt bikes at the age of twelve which distanced her even further from the other kids. It was her meditation, her medicine, her way to escape all of the other noise. Gevin Fax, is the oldest member of the women motorcycle collective, The Litas. Now, because of The Litas, she shares her love for the road with thousands of women all over the world.
*Filmmakers + Special Guest Expected
(France, 15 min)
Director: Landon Bassett
Producer: Jon Torres
The average person walks Corsica’s merciless GR20 trail in two weeks. Ultrarunner Rory Bosio is not average. With guest appearances of duct-taped hiking poles, anti-chafe gloves and local pizza, see what the 118 mile trail looks like in 50 hours.
*Special Guest Expected
(United States, 25 Minutes)
Director: Todd Jones
Producer: Steve Jones Drew Holt Stephen Dyer Teton Gravity Research
Tate McDowell and Brian McDonnell were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Unacquainted prior to their diagnosis, they were brought together via passion for the Tetons and their battle to beat cancer. While undergoing treatments both men were reminded of their passion for the mountains through murals in their treatment facilities. This passion and their shared struggle with cancer brought Tate and Brian to the decision to share in a lifelong goal of climbing the Grand Teton. In the summer of 2017 Tate and Brian will set out to climb the Grand Teton as a symbol of overcoming and persevering through struggle. Both Tate and Brian hope to bring awareness to the prevention of colon cancer through this project.
(United States, 11 min)
Director:Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, Colin Arisman
Producer: Faith E. Briggs
Since, 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul, smiles and a party to the mountain. Formed during the height of the civil rights movement, the organization is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for people of color on the slopes and supporting black youth in snowsports. Today, the Brotherhood hosts the largest gathering of black skiers in the United States and represents 53 ski clubs in four regions across the country and 3,000 members.
(United States, 6 min)
Director: Michael Covino
A recent breakup fuels two friends during a long slog up a steep hill.
(United States, 4 min)
Director: Dana Saint
Traveling with a baby is an interesting thing. They add all sorts of challenges to any trip . Long flights, strollers, nap schedules, and car seats all seem to pile up and complicate what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Sometimes, you may even find yourself wondering…is all this effort worth it for a baby who won’t even remember the trip? All these experiences and memories will eventually disappear, like a fading dream. So is it worth it?
(Nepal, 13 min)
Director: David Morton, Fitz Cahall
Producer: David Morton, Duct Tape Then Beer / Becca Cahall
As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests, and soccer practice? In April 2018, athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne embarked on a week-long stand-up-paddleboard journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring.”
Director: Peter Mortimer, Zachary Barr, Nick Rosen
Producer: Zachary Barr
When climbing was announced as part of the 2020 Olympics, it was a monumental occasion for the sport. Many climbers were shocked to learn that one of three combined events required to compete for a medal in speed climbing. REEL ROCK correspondent, Zachary Barr looks into this little-known and seldom practiced sub-discipline of the sport, and the role it will play in shaping climbing’s future. Barr’s journey from the U.S. to France to South Asia culminates at an international competition in Moscow, where speed demons race up a 15-meter wall in less than six seconds.
(Canada, 6 min)
Director: Grant Baldwin
Producer: Jenny Rustemeyer
This Mountain Life is a feature documentary with six stories about people with a passion for the mountains. This a director’s cut about a nun who inhabits a mountain retreat to be closer to God; and to go skiing of course. Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a riveting portrait of human passion set high in the peaks of the Coast Range. This excerpt is one of those stories.
(Canada, United States, 11 min)
Director: Joey Schusler, Ben Page, Thomas Woodson
On paper we’d come in search of the biggest ski lines of our lives. The reality was we had simply come to celebrate friendship. We had come to withdraw into the wild, to remove distractions and cell service and emails, and to invest purposeful time into being together. I guess, that’s the real meaning of a bachelor party.
(United States, 6 min)
Director: Tahria Sheather
Nature has a rhythm – it just takes tuning into it. Jess Kilroy – musician, climber and conservationist – travels to wilderness areas around the West creating music from the natural sounds she finds there, with the goal of sparking people’s love for these wild lands. The Creek Sessions follows Jess on a sensory journey to create music in Utah’s Indian Creek, wooing us with the splendor of the desert, and reminding us that wild places are worth protecting not simply for their landscapes, but for their soundscapes too.
*Filmmakers + Special Guests Expected
(United States, 3 min)
Director: The Pattiz Brothers, Mathew John
Producer: U.S. Department of the Interior, The National Park Service, The Pattiz Brothers
National parks have captured our hearts. They honor our history and unite us as a nation. They’re the backdrops for some of our happiest moments. They help us discover who we are, and heal our minds, bodies and souls. National parks are our nation’s greatest love story, but over the years, their bridges, roads and visitor centers have become worn and many are now in disrepair. We’re working to #RebuildOurParks to ensure they remain as extraordinary as when we first fell in love with them.
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