Six Outdoor Adventure Films To Watch This Season

Out­door adven­ture films do more than just awe us. They inspire, edu­cate, chal­lenge, and inform, fea­tur­ing stun­ning visu­als, and mem­o­rable casts of ath­letes that keep us talk­ing and watch­ing through­out the year. Fall is the time when, after the trails are too cold, and the snow is thin, film fes­ti­vals from Banff to Boul­der show­case the best of tal­ent­ed artists, film­mak­ers, and stu­dios. These are six adven­ture films that are a must-sees this fall.

Jere­my Collins

Jere­my Collins is a film­mak­er, artist, and climber from Kansas City, Mis­souri. He set off on a jour­ney to climb in the four direc­tions from his home, not only to bag first ascents, but also doc­u­ment the peo­ple he meets, per­form extra­or­di­nary favors to com­mu­ni­ties, and hon­or a lost friend from each sum­mit. Drawn tran­scends the typ­i­cal climb­ing jour­ney film, using Collins’ trade­mark illus­tra­tion and ani­ma­tion to tell a sto­ry through art, music, and stun­ning pho­tog­ra­phy. The project was fund­ed through Kick­starter, and will be fol­lowed with com­pan­ion book to be released in April 2015.


Pret­ty Faces: The Sto­ry Of A Ski­er Girl
Lynsey Dyer

Men dom­i­nate action and adven­ture sport films, while girls don’t get to have as many heroes to aspire to. Lynsey Dyer was dis­mayed by the under­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in the moun­tains, and through her pro­duc­tion house, She­Jumps, Lynsey crowd­fund­ed the first all-woman ski film. Pret­ty Faces is the sto­ry of a girl’s ski­er jour­ney. The film serves as a source of inspi­ra­tion for girls who build their con­fi­dence and dreams in the moun­tains. While the top female skiers anchor the film, Lynsey invit­ed girls from around the world to share their sto­ries, so that one girl’s expe­ri­ence may inspire another. 


Bjornoya (Bear Island)
Inge, Markus, and Hakon Wegge

In 2013, Inge Wegge released the crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed “North of the Sun,” the only surf film set in the Arc­tic Cir­cle. This year, the Nor­we­gian film­mak­er and his two broth­ers set out to explore the frigid waters and moun­tains of the unin­hab­it­ed Bear Island. They descend new lines by snow­board, surf the island’s win­ter waves for the first time, and film the island from a paraglid­ing van­tage point. Fight­ing frozen waves, extreme cold tem­per­a­tures, and look­ing over the shoul­der for polar bears, the broth­ers share their vision of con­ser­va­tion and the explo­ration of remote envi­ron­ments. Bear Island is the most imag­i­na­tive surf film you’re going to see.


Mend­ing the Line
Uncage the Soul

Frank Moore is a Nor­mandy vet­er­an and fly-fish­ing leg­end. Dur­ing the war, while cross­ing through the dev­as­tat­ed bat­tle­fields of France, he only wished to return home and have his fish­ing pole again. Mend­ing the Line doc­u­ments Frank’s dream of return­ing to Nor­mandy to fish the pris­tine rivers in more tran­quil times. Joined by his wife, Jeanne, and son, Frankie, Frank poet­i­cal­ly reflects on his pas­sion, and mend­ing his mem­o­ry of a tur­bu­lent land­scape by look­ing back on his incred­i­ble life.


Almost Ablaze
Teton Grav­i­ty Research

Every year, Teton Grav­i­ty Research push­es the lim­it of ski film­mak­ing. Almost Ablaze takes it one step fur­ther, immers­ing the audi­ence in the thoughts of the ath­letes as they shred through Italy, East­ern Europe, and British Colum­bia. The film reveals the hes­i­ta­tions and tribu­la­tions of the skiers as they descend mon­ster lines. In one seg­ment, a group of skiers ride the con­crete war torn remains of the Olympic Park of Sara­je­vo, and the film con­cludes with a heart-pound­ing finale in Rev­el­stoke, BC. Almost Ablaze has already cap­tured crit­i­cal acclaim and is one of TGR’s finest works.


Val­ley Upris­ing
Sender Films

Known for their Reel Rock film series, Sender Films has cre­at­ed what is arguably their mas­ter­piece: A fea­ture-length film, doc­u­ment­ing the rich and col­or­ful his­to­ry of Yosemite climb­ing. Nar­rat­ed by Peter Sars­gaard, and fea­tur­ing inter­views with a bevy of con­tem­po­rary climbers and liv­ing leg­ends, Val­ley Upris­ing brings to life the leg­ends, sto­ries, and dizzy­ing climbs from the first ascent of El Cap­i­tan to Alex Honnold’s famous free solos and Dean Pot­ter’s high­line walks. Told through Mon­ty-Python-esque ani­ma­tions and music rang­ing from Bob Dylan to El Goo­do, Val­ley Upris­ing is a film that pleas­es climbers and non-climbers alike.