Editors Note: We've asked our friend and writer Zach Altman to do a profile for us one of our film makers providing us with a world premier for the Virtual Edition on Friday May 1st at 5:30m(Pacific Time)
Eli Tianse Abeles-Allison is no stranger to filmmaking in the outdoor community. Whether he’s running singletrack through the mountains, off trail in the backcountry with hunters and anglers, or trudging through winter storms to ski and film big lines, Tianse’s determination behind the lens doesn’t waiver. Folks always say that the best camera is the one you have with you. Well, Tianse always has a camera with him.
His commitment to telling stories that matter has been long standing. In 2017, he was the filmmaker behind the Common Ground film, a project depicting the 240-mile run across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the public lands issues surrounding it. This year, he’s back on the festival scene with his latest short film, Trail Medicine.
In the age of Covid-19, we hopped on a video call to learn more about what inspired the film.
What is the basis for your new film, Trail Medicine?
“This film is all about Fern Fae’s journey (pronouns, xe/xer), dealing with depression, PTSD, and anxiety, and working through these things with trail running. It's about xer experience using running to overcome and process different issues xe is going through. The film captures Fern as xe discovers serenity, insight, and release in running trails. Something I’m sure a lot of us relate to, especially with all that is going on in the world!”
What inspired you to pursue this project?
“About a year ago, Fern had mentioned this idea about doing a film depicting running and xer depression. A few weeks ago, we received an email calling for film submissions for the festival, and we thought, ‘yeah, let’s do this!’ The stay at home order set us up with plenty of time here at home around Jackson, so we got right to work telling Fern’s story.”
With current events keeping most of us at home, (BIG thanks to all essential workers!) many runners are finding solace in their local trails and neighborhood sidewalks. Trail Medicine is a prime illustration of how running can help us cope with, and eventually recover from, the hardships we face.
Learn more about Tianse’s other works at https://porterfilmswy.weebly.com/
Zach Altman is a storyteller based in Bozeman, Montana on the edge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Find his work at https://www.zachaltmanmedia.com/