Adventure Media Review

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Cool on Kickstarter, Diversity, Environmental Journalism, Film Review, National Geographic, National Parks / 07.02.2014

At the heart of every great adventure there is a love story. And for National Geographic Young Explorer Juan Martinez, the long journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the craggy peaks of the Grand Tetons took a romantic turn on the day he met National Park Ranger Vanessa Torres. Both dedicated to introducing a new generation of American citizens to outdoor recreation Juan and Vanessa have begun a life together in service to the wild places they cherish as well as members of their community whose...

5Point, Adventure Film, Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Life Out Loud, mountainfilm, Radical Reel Tour, Reel Rock Film Tour / 16.01.2014

This morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 86th annual Oscar awards. Once again I’m amazed by the number of prominent feature films that I neglected to see in 2013. As a reviewer of adventure movies I don’t make it to my local cineplex the way I used to. Of those movies tapped to win Best Picture Twelve Years a Slave and American Hustle are the only two that I actually saw in a theater. And I imagine that it will...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Environmental Journalism, Film preview / 08.01.2014

It’s probably the least sexy part of making a documentary film series, but it just might be the most important. After you’ve conducted compelling interviews, shot exciting action sequences and spiced it all up with original artwork and animation it’s time to take the show on the road. And if you think it’s expensive to produce a movie that advocates for the preservation of our precious natural resources you should see what it takes to make sure that people see it. Now that adventure filmmaker James Q. Martin and...

Adventure Media Review, Film Review, philanthropy, Snowboarding / 26.12.2013

[caption id="attachment_392249" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo by Adam Moran[/caption] Even if you’re not one to follow the hard tumble sport of snowboarding a new film will you put into perspective both the triumph and tragedy weighed in the balance of adventure sports. The HBO documentary The Crash Reel follows the real life rise and catastrophic fall of aspiring Olympic board rider Kevin Pierce. But unlike most stories that depict the heroic come back of an injured athlete this feature illustrates the wisdom and compassion it takes to learn when it’s...

Adventure Media Review, Expedition News, Film Review, Snowboarding / 12.12.2013

[caption id="attachment_376477" align="aligncenter" width="500"] photo by Tero Repo[/caption] In the modern era of adventure sports and exploration it should be no surprise that one of the world’s leading freeride snowboarders would seek out the most extreme alpine lines on the planet. In 2012, when champion slope shredder Xavier De Le Rue set his sights on the continent of Antarctica, he was looking for more than just steep terrain. Venturing out on a 65-foot motorized sailing yacht across Drake’s Passage, where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans converge, De Le Rue...

Adventure Media Review, Film Review / 11.12.2013

Fitz Cahall and the creative souls at his production company Duct Tape Then Beer delivered a much welcomed Christmas card. Two weeks before the holiday climbers and other adventure media fans got a surprise film trailer so rich with joy and excitement it’s hard not to feel thankful for the opportunities we all have to indulge with unbridled enthusiasm even the most mundane tasks of the season -like stringing up Christmas lights. The short film First Light came across my desk just as I settled into my day’s work....