The Nomad, a film by Skip Armstrong

The latest adventure web series from Forge Motion Pictures explores the depths of the human soul. The crew that delivered last year’s award-winning mountain film Cold now follows the lives of individuals who have discovered the joy and passion that comes from pressing the boundaries of athletic ability against the most primal of the natural elements.

Directed by Skip Armstrong Of Souls & Water premiered its first two of five episodes at the 2012 5Point Film Festival. Each depicting the stories of iconic paddlers the short films illustrate the motivations behind their desire to travel over water, sometimes fast, sometimes frozen but typically white, exposed to swirling currents and crashing waves of emotion.

Now available to view online The Nomad tracks the journey of adventure athlete Erik Boomer. Making his way over deep snow, a vast ocean and the urban streets of North America this wanderer navigates a course of life that can never be measured in mere miles. After 104 days paddling around Ellesmere Island Boomer finds that the distance traveled is rivaled in magnitude only by his personal growth and self-discovery.

“What if we didn’t restrict how far we could go?” he asks in the film. “What if we kept pushing ourselves one step at a time?”

An original concept by Forge Motion’s Anson Fogel the series Of Souls & Water seeks in each edition to ask why we wander. With exquisite cinematography and elegant storytelling Armstrong brings great artistic value to the adventure film genre to offer up at least a few answers. With no shortage of glorious panoramic landscapes and daring plunges off raging waterfalls The Nomad offers thrilling visuals that do not disappoint. But with thoughtful reflection the film provides a profound view of life lessons that can be learned in the seemingly aimless pursuit of adventure.

The Joy Trip Project is made possible with the support sponsors Patagonia, Rayovac and the New Belgium Brewing Company

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