Blessed are the Makers

7 films in this block • 59 minutes

The Films

Sand in the Sky

  • Year 2018
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Gnarly Bay

Traveling with a baby is an interesting thing. They add all sorts of challenges to any trip you do. Long flights, strollers, nap schedules, and car seats all seem to pile up and complicate what is supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Sometimes, you may even find yourself wondering…is all this effort worth it for a baby who won’t even remember the trip? All these experiences and memories will eventually disappear, like a fading dream. So is it worth it?

I hope so. I hope these experiences were somehow baked into Ollie’s tiny cells as his body was developing. So as the dream fades away, he is left with some form of inspiration that may re-surface later in life. Maybe it will help him appreciate nature…or make him want to explore beyond the horizon? I have no idea…but I hope so. This video is a result of me grappling with these questions, and trying to document this point in my son’s life.

Ollie was 8 months old when we traveled to Hawaii. Exactly 1 year later, we sat him down and “interviewed” him about his trip. By this time, I assume his memories had already faded to a dream like state, so I wrote a script that reflected that.

Soul Deep

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 14 min
  • Director Dominic Gill

Filmmaker in Attendance, Adult Language

Thanks to Black Diamond Soul Deep takes the time to show how the face of climbing is changing. We head to Memphis to catch up with local climbing gym Memphis Rocks and some of its local climbers to share what climbing means in Memphis.

Made in the Mitten

  • Year 2020
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Zeppelin Zeerip

On December 25th, 1965, amidst the blustery winds and sand dunes of Muskegon, Michigan, Sherman Poppen made history by strapping two skis together and sending his young daughter careening down his backyard hill. His invention, soon dubbed the Snurfer, laid the foundation for snowboarding as we know it.

Riwaka | A Hop's Journey From Farmer to Brewer

  • Year 2020
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Tim Whalen

Filmmaker in Attendance

Hop Butcher is always searching for new experiences through hops and the search was a long one when trying to find Riwaka. Once connected with Hop Revolution farms in NZ, they got closer to finally getting this elusive hop in their hands. The result - an amazing relationship that resulted in new experiences for the tastebuds, an ocean away from where these hops were grown.

The Story of Ramped Construction

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Jeff Tabb

Filmmaker in Attendance, Adult Language

Passion project I filmed and edited about my friend, Cory Wiergowski and his company, Ramped Construction. I filmed over the course of 6 months, we had a lot of fun making this happen.

If I Tell Them

  • Year 2021
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Oliver Sutro

James Sampsel, a plein air painter and fly-fishing guide, comes to terms with his past and a bi-polar diagnosis that hangs over his future.


  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director Gnarly Bay

Jared Blizzard is a composer and every day he sits at his desk, creating musical wonders for not just gnarly bay and our assortment of commercial clients, but to fulfill the inner pull of his soul toward sound. Occasionally that inner pull leads him down different roads, through dreams and ideas, alongside ghosts and forgotten memories to a more tactile experience.

This film explores the powerful resonance of music and the struggle to make sounds that may last well beyond the years of the musician.