To Friends

5 films in this block (58 minutes)

To Friends

F is for friends who do stuff together … and that’s what this film block is all about! Whether new or old, our friends are always there cheering us on (“Dale on the Trail”), helping our dreams come true (“The Big Five Dive”), and they even take us through our latter years (“The Coffin Club”). Here’s a few shorts to simply enjoying life with our best buds. To friends!


The Films

(unofficial) History of the National Parks

  • Year 2016
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Ryan Maxey

An (unofficial) history of our nation’s National Parks.

Dale on the Trail - Start to Finish

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 20 min
  • Director Coltin Calloway

At the age of 82, Dale Sanders completed the entire Appalachian Trail in 2017. It took over 7 months took walk the 2100+ miles.

The Coffin Club

  • Year 2017
  • Country New Zealand
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Briar March

Death is inevitable. And expensive. But it doesn’t have to be boring. In New Zealand, a group of rebellious retirees are shunning black garb, dull funerals and mahogany caskets by creating a club where they construct their own coffins. The whimsical boxes are painted with shamrocks, beach scenes, cartoon chickens and pictures of Elvis, and reflect the colorful lives of their makers. The Coffin Club is a glittery, musical number that celebrates how these seniors will make a splash on their final day.

The Big Five Dive

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 27 min
  • Director Stephanie Gandulla

The Big Five Dive is a short adventure documentary that follows a group of women as they attempt to SCUBA dive one historic site in all five Great Lakes within the span of 24 hours. Directed by Elizabeth Kaiser, and filmed by a female led crew, these women show that there is a place for everyone under the water.

To Friends

  • Year 2017
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 3 min
  • Director Grant Piering

It’s not the places you go, the fancy equipment you bring along or the people you try to impress through social media that make a trip special. Rather, the ones you go with are what really matter.