Theirstory

10 films in this block (82 minutes)

Theirstory

Everyone’s got a story to tell. Let’s listen in.


The Films

History

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Freddy Dakota

Fred Dakota reflects on his childhood growing up in a Native American orphanage in Assinins, Michigan

Firewood Angel

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Andy Wakeman

A senseless family tragedy effects a northern Michigan man in a profound way. Part lumberjack, part philosopher, Rob’s story of giving back to the community through a local nonprofit will warm your heart.

Elijah

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Andy Wakeman

A glimpse into a young life in rural northern Michigan. Elijah looses sight of what’s important and doesn’t finish high school. While working on the family farm and old pick up truck, he decides to get things back on track and earn his GED through a local nonprofit

La Cumbre

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Dana Romanoff

La Cumbre unveils the reality of what it means to live as an amputee in the developing world. In partnership with the Range of Motion Project we join world class mountaineer and wounded warrior Chad Jukes on a heartfelt journey to shed light on a public health issue affecting amputees world wide.

Altai Frontier

  • Year 2017
  • Runtime 24 min
  • Director Vivienne Smith

Four western ski and snowboard athletes, invited into the restricted Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China to explore the untapped Altai Mountains, interact with a 2000 year old skiing culture, learn how to make ancient traditional skis and make first ascents as they discover what has been hiding in the back country of China’s remote mountains.

The Climb

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Matthew Key

This film is an interview with a local rock climber in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Climbing out of Disaster

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director Dominic Gill, Producer: Nadia Gill

Bryant Huffman spent his days deep water soloing, sport climbing and bouldering as founder of Climbing Puerto Rico. Then Hurricane Maria dropped a nuclear bomb of water and wind, which destroyed much of the island. With his work as a guide temporarily suspended, Huffman and his climbing buddies put their skills to good use by morphing into emergency arborists. And out of the devastation comes a glimmer of something positive. The hurricane peeled huge chunks of limestone from cliffs, creating scores of new routes. Climbing Out of Disaster is about shifting your perspective to see the silver lining in calamity.

Mikwendaagoziwag / They Are Remembered

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Finn Ryan

Brief history of Sandy Lake tragedy and story of memorial ceremony from this past summer. The Sandy Lake tragedy is the story of how 450 Ojibwe people died in 1850 waiting for the Federal Government to distribute annuity payments and food.

Moving Mountains

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Nick Jensen

Moving Mountains in Iron Mountain, MI is a coordinated effort between many highly energized, dedicated volunteers and Pine Mountain Resort. Instructors involved with this program have been trained by, and follow the processes and procedures of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). This is the story how Dorothy Paad gained confidence through Moving Mountains to brave the challenges of attending Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI.

Challenge Us, We Dare You

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 14 min
  • Director Dietrich Ludwig

Name your favorite outdoor female role model. Don’t worry, we’ll wait. Before, women in the outdoors sounded like a gimmick – but they are far from that - they are a force to be reckoned with. From around Michigan, a group of women shares how they set out on a path and found adventure. Their reasons and activities may vary but they all have these things in common; they are strong, they are in this together, and they will not back down.