Driven -- 24 mins -- 2017 -- Directed by Jason Bagby
Survival Run Canada is an ultra-distance adventure/obstacle race in the picturesque Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Few people complete this odyssey, but everyone will learn more about themselves. To hope to finish this race, you must be Driven!
Unsupported -- 20 mins -- 2018 -- Directed by Jason Fitzpatrick
The John Muir Trail runs 219 miles from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney, crossing 9 major passes with a cumulative elevation gain of about 38,000 feet. The average hiker takes 3-4 weeks to complete what many consider the most beautiful and captivating trail in the United States. This film is not about the "average" hiker - it is an intimate look at those who strive to go further, faster. These wilderness athletes hike 50-70 miles of stunningly gorgeous and relentlessly difficult terrain each day, attempting to set a new "Fastest Known Time" (FKT) on the JMT. Alone and unsupported, with barely edible food and little to no sleep, they push the limits of their own minds and bodies in the pristine wilderness of the Sierra Nevada. "Unsupported" explores the motivations, challenges, delusions and hallucinations that drive these men and women to push themselves to their limits and beyond, while giving the viewer a taste of what these epic journeys entail.
Dick's Rash -- 17 mins -- 2017 -- Directed by Joel Ballezza
Dick's Rash is a documentary about Richard Kresser's ambitious goal of summiting and running around Mt. Rainier, Adams, St. Helens and Hood, back-to-back, solo and unsupported. The herculean feat includes navigating 247 miles on foot and climbing over 74,000ft.
Faster -- 14 mins -- 2018 -- Directed by Christof Teuscher
A self-filmed documentary from Christof Teuscher's speed record attempt on the 515 mi Washington Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
Common Ground -- 11 mins -- 2018 -- Directed by Eli Tianse Abeles-Allison
Across the United States, a movement has grown to sell off our public lands. Despite strong public opinion, legislators and lobbyists are working with unprecedented eagerness to transfer public lands to private interests. Without engagement and action, our commons may disappear. In the summer of 2017, three friends set off on a week-long journey from Bozeman to Red Lodge, Montana. This journey spanned 250-miles across the largest intact ecosystem in the lower forty-eight. Traversing this landscape helped draw attention to the importance of the common space surrounding Yellowstone National Park. The goal of this run was twofold: to empower the community to act in defense of our public lands and inspire adventure across the places we call home. Join us in our search for common ground.
Running the Kalalau Trail -- 8 mins -- 2017 -- Directed by Jeff Pelletier
The Kalalau Trail leads 11 miles along the rugged Nā Pali Coast on the north shore of the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The Trail traverses 5 lush valleys, above towering cliffs, before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted pali. Most will take between 2-3 days to finish the trail. Our plan was to travel fast and light, running the entire 22 mile return trip in roughly 8 hours.
Is This Fun? -- 8 mins -- 2018 -- Directed by Robin Lee
“Is this fun?” dives into the psyche of two runners, John Ellis & Jo Kway, to understand each runners’ personal reason for taking on a challenge that covers 168km, runs through a night and has a finish rate of 35%. With the 9 Dragon’s route as the film’s canvas, “Is this fun?” showcases the best of Hong Kong’s trail running scenery with brutal climbs and stunning ridge routes. Everyone’s goals are different and through “Is this fun?,” we explore John and Jo’s contrasting views of why they take part in these challenges along with the elation of success.
Proof of Life: Pacing -- 5 mins -- 2017 -- Directed by Adam Harum
Three days before Brad Thiessen was to enter his first 50k trail run, he instead found myself being wheeled into the operating room to have a brain tumor removed. What was supposed to be a six-week recovery turned into an 18-month study in how things can go sideways. This short piece for the documentary “Proof of Life” tells the story of Brad's journey back to health, with a focus on what "Pacing" means to him. It explores the joys and challenges of training and running on trails in and around the hills, rivers and mountains of northeastern Washington and the link between nature, fitness, and tackling a challenging goal in the pursuit of a meaningful life.
Trail Running Oman -- 2 mins -- 2017 -- Directed by Simon Straetker and Milo Zanecchia
This is a video about intersections. It combines the passions of the two directors Simon Straetker and Milo Zanecchia: trail running and filmmaking. There’s a tension between having a plan and trying something new, between traveling to a new place and doing something familiar. Inside this tension there’s a kind of beauty, the beauty of getting lost near Jebel Shams canyon in a beat up rental car, or taking a taxi out into the desert to be left alone for the night, with only the driver’s word that he’d come back to pick us up. We had a plan for the trip but allowed ourselves to get lost. Just as that’s a way to travel, it’s a way to experiencing filmmaking and running as well.
Your First Time -- 2 mins -- 2017 -- Directed by Joel Ballezza
A brief look at the most intimate of moments for those who like to play in the wild and get dirty.