Fun Film Friday

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Film Review, Fun Film Friday, National Geographic / 17.02.2012

[caption id="attachment_6893" align="aligncenter" width="488" caption="photo by Andy Maser"][/caption] A new film by Andy Maser is having a big impact on efforts to remove obsolete dams on rivers worldwide. " Year of the River" features graphic footage of the explosive charges that took out the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River back in October of 2011. The film offers up a compelling story of why moving water should be allowed to run free across the land. Thanks to the Internet the completed short movie already has a solid following...

Adventure Media Review, Banff, Environmental Journalism, Environmental Protection, Film Review, Fun Film Friday / 03.02.2012

Few movies you're better off watching from home. A new film created by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to deprive big screen viewers a unique opportunity to interact online with a captivating central character. Bear 71 follows the tragic life of a female grizzly radio tagged and monitored electronically from 2001 to 2009 in the Canadian Rockies' Banff National Park. Through motion activated still and live action cameras the filmmakers successfully documented her interactions with other animals and human visitors to tell the...

Adventure Activism, Adventure Media Review, Film Festival, Film preview, Fun Film Friday, Interview, Mountain Film, Podcast / 08.07.2011

  If you haven’t figured it out yet, a big part of this program is trying to figure out what makes people happy. Personally I believe happiness isn’t just something that happens. I think we all try to create things in our lives that bring us joy. But as Benjamin Frankly once said The Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to pursue happiness but it’s up to each of us catch it. I learned that quote from my friend Los Angeles filmmaker Roko Belic. At the 2011 Mountain Film Festival in Telluride Colorado he shared with me his latest project a movie he calls Happy.
Film Review, Fun Film Friday / 18.06.2010

This film by Julie Gautier from Bluenery Productions puts free diving in the same adventure category as BASE jumping. Nothing before filmed under water gives you the same thrill as Steph Davis soaring through the air in wingsuit or Andy Lewis hurling himself off a bridge. Shot in 4 minutes 18 seconds you'll hold your breath right along with free diver Guillaume Nery as he descends 663 feet to touch the bottom of Dean's Blue Hole, the world's second deepest underwater sinkhole in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas. Gautier describes this feat as underwater BASE Jumping. But since this environment is neither a bridge, antennae, span nor earth we're going to need another letter.
Environmental Justice, Environmental Protection, Film Review, Fun Film Friday / 07.05.2010

The documentary film “Tapped” is a glaring indictment of the bottled water industry. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig this expansive look into the commercial acquisition, production and distribution of the Earth’s most precious natural resource, fresh drinking water, is a horrifying tale of abuse and corruption. The story spans the socio-political landscape from small municipalities to multi-national corporations across the globe. But at its heart the film speaks to the personal responsibility each of us must assume in the perpetuation of a product that we freely purchase as its consumption and improper disposal is slowly killing us.