Film Review

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 Pictures Flat-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...

5Point, 5Point to MountainFilm Tour, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Film preview, Film Review, Mountain Film / 15.05.2012

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...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Film Review, Green Economics / 25.04.2012

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="337" caption="Karin Hayes & Vicky Bruce"][/caption] Despite all indications to the contrary, a new film wants you to disregard a common misconception. “We’re Not Broke” by Vicky Bruce and Hayes explores the arcane and all too confusing world of multi-national tax regulations to reveal a surprising fact. The most profitable corporations in the United States contribute almost nothing to the Internal Revenue Service. And although popular rhetoric suggests that we’ve taxed enough already Bruce and Hayes demonstrate that many of us don’t pay nearly enough. Typically one...