Presented by Boldly Went and 1iOpen Productions
Welcome friends to the inaugural Micro Adventure Film Festival! Other events might be bigger and more prestigious, but there are none more convenient. Put on some popcorn, because by the time it's done popping the festival will be over and you might want to veg out to some Netflix or Youtube videos or something.
Launched in early 2018 as a collaboration with Viv Smith and Erik Nachtrieb, award winning Adventure Film makers at 1iOpen Productions, this year's submissions were all based in the Pacific Northwest, with a strong emphasis on the human side of the outdoor experience.
The rules for submissions were simple:
1) Use film to tell a story about outdoor adventure.
2) Do it in exactly a minute.
3) Upload it to Youtube and send us the link.
The winner, as chosen by our esteemed panel of judges, will receive hundreds of dollars worth of fabulous gifts and prizes, including:
And without further ado, on with the show!
High Five and Roadkill Hike to Gravity Falls, by adventure kids Cedric and Duncan Martin-Wade
"HIgh-5" and "Roadkill" are 2/5ths of "Crowd Control", the trail name for the remarkable Martin-Wade family whose mom Amy braved 1600 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2013 with her four children, including Virginia who has Down Syndrome and was featured in a previous post here. They give us a rapid-fire recount of a 14 mile day on the AT that ended at Gravity Falls - not a real place, but a favorite cartoon. A pretty darn memorable experience when you're 6 years old, as Cedric and Duncan were when they hiked.
Roadless Coast Reflections, by Ken Campbell
Ken Campbell is a Tacoma, WA based water protector and the founder of the Ikkatsu Project, a multifaceted film, research, and education non-profit that focuses on raising awareness of issues facing the global marine environment. An accomplished kayaker, here he captures spectacular footage of the Washington coast, and reflects on those wild places where still only a kayak can reach.
Untitled, by Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams is an outdoor photographer and film maker at Rock n Trail Photography, and a new father. Here he offers a moving reflection on the experience of leading his daughter through her first adventures in the outdoors.
Choose to Live, by Joel Ballezza
Joel Ballezza of the WIld Ones was one of our judges, so his submission wasn't in consideration for the prize. But we had to share it here as a touching picture of how adventure is more than just recreation. In his Dad's case, it's a choice to live in defiance of death.
And the winner of the inaugural Micro Adventure Film Fest:
Fording Rivers Together, by Brad Hefta-Gaub
Brad Hefta-Gaub continues the strong focus on family in this year's festival with a moment in time with his daughter on her first overnight backpacking trip. For those familiar with the Ultrapedestrian Wilderness Challenge, which Brad shouts out briefly, you'll know that this trip was no joke. It's a short video, but fording the Ozette in Spring on the Olympic Coast of Washington is no small adventure, especially for a first overnight backpacking trip.
Congrats to Brad, who we'll be sending a prize pack full of swag, and to everyone who submitted for this inaugural event! We think this little Micro Adventure Film Fest turned out to be both fun and moving, and we're super impressed with your abilities to capture both the beauty of the outdoors and the human side of adventure in just a minute of space.
Stay tuned for more of these types of collaborations, and be sure to check out our friends Erik and Viv at 1iOpen on their website and join their more than 3k subscribers to follow their hilarious Youtube series The Crew about the real life experiences of adventure film makers. And check out the stories they told on our podcast here and here!
And check out Joel Ballezza's work at The Wild Ones. You can also hear the story he told on our very first podcast here.
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Tim and Angel
The goat in the picture lives in Silverton, CO, and tried to kill us. We survived to bring you this dirtbag wisdom for the ages.