3:00 min Produced by: Paxson Woelber and Cale Green First tracks are always an allure for those who partake in winter sports. To the backcountry ice-skating community, it’s no different. Filmed across Southern Alaska, “Wild Ice” showcases figure skaters, speed skaters and hockey players in their native element: ice caves, mountain lakes and glacial lagoons.
The Space Within
5:28 min Director: Frank Pickell, Producer: Dan Benshoff, Stephan Drake Exploring the tidepools of a deserted tropical beach, a young boy finds a mysterious treasure washed up on the rocks. It whispers of another world, holding magic unlike anything he has seen before.
I am Here
4:30 min Director/Producer: Nick Edwards Kate examines the complexities of her roles as a snow scientist, an individual and an athlete. Longs Peak serves as the ultimate mental and physical playground in her exploration of balance.
11:06 min Director: Sarah Menzies “I love my body the most when I am out running. Even if it’s hard, and even if I’m having a bad day. . . . I know I have my body, and it works, and I feel really strong and powerful. And in that, I feel beautiful.” –Mirna Valerio
20:29 min Director: Teresa Hoerl, Producer: Luz Marina Gennes, Mirjam Raymond, Melanie Schwier Steph Davis chooses passion. She quit law school in her early twenties to pursue climbing, ticking newsworthy ascents from Yosemite to Patagonia. While living in her car in Utah, she discovered her second calling: BASE jumping. Although she’s suffered many losses, Steph never regrets choosing an unconventional way of life—one full of extraordinary choices, where what seems to be a wrong decision at first can turn out to be the right one.
11:30 min Director/Producer: Josh Berry This beautiful, meditative story takes us swimming with Great Whites along with a diver who is at peace with the incredible risks that he takes.
Feel of Vision
26:00 min Director: Tucker Gragg, Austin Gardner, Producer: Blueline Media, Kevin Weaver After losing his eyesight in a 1997, Lonnie Bedwell described his blindness as a wall that prevented him from living a full life, until he discovered kayaking—the door that opened back up the world for him. Later, he became the first blind kayaker to navigate the Grand Canyon in a solo kayak. Today, Lonnie spends his time engaging fellow blind paddlers in the spray and white foam of the Ohioplye and Yellowstone wilderness—leading them to that doorway, so that they too can create their own vision of the life ahead.
25:00 min Director: Nate Dappen, Producer: Nate Dappen, Neil Losin 1974 was a year of legend for the Dappens: the young couple built their own canoes, launched them from Washington, and became some of the first people to paddle the Inside Passage to Alaska. Not surprisingly, tales of this voyage later captured their sons’ imaginations. In 2017, the Dappens sought to recreate the adventure as a family—renovating those old canoes, and retracing their 1974 route. “The Passage” is a story about the dreams of aging brothers, fathers, and sons, and the wild places that come to define entire families.
Tales by Light
44:47 min Director/Producer: Abraham Joffe ACS Shawn is an Emmy Award-winning cinematographer, photographer and marine conservationist. Recognizing that people only protect what they love, he is on a mission to capture inspiring and dramatic imagery that connects the global community to the beauty and vulnerability of threatened marine species.