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Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Film preview, Mountain Film / 15.06.2012

Artist and filmmaker Chris Jordan fully intends to break your heart. His latest project currently in production takes a hard look at the role of plastics in the tragic deaths of albatross on the Midway Atoll in the South Pacific. These majestic sea birds die by the tens of thousands each year as they ingest plastic debris floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre of marine litter believed to cover an area twice the size of the Hawaiian Islands. In his movie "Midway" Jordan aims, as...

Adventure Media Review, Film Review, Skiing / 14.06.2012

Just when you thought you put the ski season behind you, the filmmakers at Sweetgrass Productions deliver a new series of shorts from South America "On The Road to Solitaire". Over the next seven weeks master storyteller Rick Wagoner offers up a few behind-the-scenes tales of an epic ski excursion across the southern hemisphere where the summer calendar still means snow. In the first installment "The End of the Line", skiers ride the railways of Bolivia in search of their next adventure. But the crew gets shut down when...

5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Climate Change, Environmental Protection, Film Festival, Film Review, Mountain Film / 11.06.2012

Environmental protection is hardly a laughing matter. Companies with offices around the world are stepping up efforts to minimize their impact on the planet by going green and there's nothing funny about it. But a film by Jonathan Browning and Screaming Frog Productions shows what can happen when a cubical commander and his corporate overlords take their responsibilities for recycling and reducing waste a bit too seriously. With the management style of Steve Carell an office boss hires a stealthy black-clad warrior to enforce new policies of...

Afghanistan, Charitable Giving, Film Review, philanthropy / 06.06.2012

A review of the new film from Red Reel Media directed by Allie Bombach Women's empowerment advocate Shannon Galpin was one of the many incredible people whose story inspired the creation of the Joy Trip Project. As the founder of the non-profit Mountain 2 Mountain her selfless dedication and sacrifice in service to women and girls in war torn regions of Afghanistan demonstrates a rare passion for taking action in spite of overwhelm odds. Add to that a talent for mountain bike racing and you've got an irresistible combination...

Adventure Media Review, Film Review, Kayaking / 05.06.2012

A review of the new film by Skip Armstrong and Forge Motion PicturesFlat-water kayak films are typically light on storytelling but heavy on imagery. Exploring the maternal side of paddling a Utah river action takes a backseat to metaphor in The Mother. This next installment in the Forge Motion Pictures series Of Souls & Water journeys through a sandstone canyon from the perspective of a life giver. At 67 Melody Shapiro, a retired psychologist and mother of two with five grandchildren, is delighted to discover that after so many...

Adventure Media Review, Bikes, Cycling, Film Review, Outdoor Recreation, Travel / 04.06.2012

A new cycling film currently on tour is an excellent example of how NOT to make an adventure movie. Reveal the Path is the latest in a long string of travel pics that despite its title and several statements to the contrary assumes the destination is more important than journey. With a presumably large budget for an international bicycle excursion bankrolled by Salsa Cycles this potentially awesome film should have offered viewers more than a 1-hour 11-minute vacation reel. Pedaling through some of the most exotic bike-packing destinations in...