Film preview

Adventure Media Review, Film preview, Life Out Loud, Skiing, Video / 13.08.2013

The artists at Sweetgrass Productions just rolled out the trailer for their latest feature film! Valhalla follows the exploits of top flight adventure athletes on a northern alpine joy trip to some of the most awesome ski destinations on the planet. Previous clips I’ve seen along with the cover art on this newest teaser seem reminiscent of Tom Wolf’s psychedelic work of non-fiction new journalism The Electric Kool-Acid Test. But rather than chasing the chemical high of some drug induced illusion this ski movie promises an exciting true...

Afghanistan, Cool on Kickstarter, Film preview, Life Out Loud, Photography / 09.08.2013

[caption id="attachment_196579" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Farzana Wahidy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_196608" align="alignright" width="300"] Najibulah Mustafar[/caption] When Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli went to Afghanistan they fully intended to bring back the story of storytellers. But what had begun as a short film about the rise of photojournalists who came on the scene with the fall of the Taliban in 2001 has turned into a much more expansive project that aims to illustrate the role of unbiased reporting in the creation of an emerging democracy. As they follow the lives of four photographers in...

Cool on Kickstarter, Film preview / 05.08.2013

Through our imagination each of us is blessed with the gift of flight. In our mind’s eye we can see far past the limitations our physical surroundings, even our bodies to look forward into a bright future full of exciting adventures. In a new short film, Henrietta Bulkowski by Lift Animation, the boundaries of fantasy are stretched beyond measure as a young woman with a severely curved spine dares to spread her wings in a home-built airplane. Although she can not lift her head to even see the...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Commentary, Cool on Kickstarter, Diversity, Expedition Denali, Film preview / 10.04.2013

In June of 2013 the first team of African-American climbers will attempt to reach the highest peak in the continental United States. The project called Expedition Denali aims not only to demonstrate the long standing presence of black athletes on the adventure scene, but to inspire a new generation of young people to embrace the enduring legacy of minority participation in outdoor recreation and environmental conservation. The face of mountaineering is about to make a dramatic change. Though typically dominated by white men the sport of climbing is taking...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Film Festival, Film preview, Life Out Loud, National Geographic, Radical Reel Tour / 20.03.2013

Heading into the hospital for my second of two hip replacement surgeries I was more than ready for an emotional pick-me-up. Action film highlights from the Banff Mountain Film Festival are making their way across North America and around the globe in the 2013 Radical Reels World Tour. Offering up the same outstanding cinematic quality of the alpine inspired pics from Alberta, Rad Reels delivers a series of shorts and featurettes meant to drive your pulse to a fever pitch in a two-hour "get psyched mix"! With exciting scenes...

Breaking News, Film preview, Travel, Video / 26.02.2013

  If you're like most air travelers you probably don't pay much attention to the pre-flight safety announcement before take off. I know I don't. But even the most jaded frequent flier should take notice of this new video posted to YouTube by Air New Zealand. Adventure enthusiasts will recognize none other than Man V.S. Wild's own Bear Grylls providing the demonstrations for what to do in an emergency. And though the details vary little from the usual instructions Grylls' comic stylings put a nice spin on the critical...