Breaking Trail

3 films in this block • 80 minutes

The Films

Miles to Go

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director James Saunders

Michigan Premiere, Filmmaker in Attendance

In 2022 alone there have been over 300 anti LGBTQ+ bills proposed in various states across the country. Refusing to sit idly by, trans trail runner Perry Cohen formed a team of fellow runners, who identify as trans men, with an aim to compete in trail races in states proposing and passing hateful legislation. Miles to Go follows their journey into the world of trail running and the freedom to be themselves on the trail.

Breaking Trail

  • Year 2021
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 30 min
  • Director Jesse Roesler

Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere

Emily Ford sets out with Diggins a borrowed female Alaskan Huskie sled dog as her companion and protector to hike the entire 1200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and Diggins develop a powerful bond.

She posts on IG throughout and discovers they are being followed by more than friends and family, receiving encouragement and survival packages from strangers along the way. As her story gathers momentum in local, national and international press Emily learns she’s become a figurehead to encourage those who don’t feel like they belong in wild places, especially people of color, to spend more time in nature. What begins as an extraordinary physical challenge also becomes a spiritual adventure. If successful she will be the first woman and person of color to finish.

Spirit of the Peaks

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 42 min
  • Director Connor Ryan / Tim Kressin

Michigan Premiere

Centered around skier and Hunkpapa Lakota, Connor Ryan, Spirit of the Peaks dives deep into the struggles of identity that comes with being stuck between two worlds. His mission is to connect the Ute people with the mountains that they were displaced from and work towards restoring balance through his own reciprocity.