A floofty lil video from Matt and Jenny Acker’s bike packing trip on the Baja Divide during November/December of 2017. A glimpse into some of the terrain, animals and snacks enc
Baja Divide Ackerventures
Challenge Us, We Dare You
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
Chasing the Polar Dream
If an international clothing company from Sweden offered an opportunity to manage your own dog sled team across the Scandinavian Arctic, would you spend a month collecting the n
Detroit is known as Hockeytown. When the city had to close many of its recreation centers in the early 1990’s the once abundant outdoor ice rinks disappeared with them. Except f
Crossing Lake Huron
Three men from the group “Stand Up For Great Lakes” put their bodies to the test and paddle board more than 90 miles across Lake Huron for something they believe in.
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
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 loca
Even in Michigan, the search for unspoiled waves lures in brave surfers who know how and when to find them. Up here, it’s never about riding the biggest waves in the world, but
Flip Float and Follow (A Drowning Survival Strategy)
Understanding rip currents in the Great Lakes
Flying Over the Upper Michigan
Flying Over The Upper Peninsula is a collection of drone video I captured while visiting the Upper Peninsula in July. After putting my favorite shots together, I created the amb
Four the Water Teaser
During summer 2018, four friends from Marquette, Michigan will embark on a kayaking voyage around Lake Superior to help raise education about the Great Lakes. During their journ
Freddy Carrillo's Day Off
Inspired by a magazine called Blast, Freddy takes a rare day off as a service rep at a wheelchair company to fulfill a dream that’s been brewing in his head for 23 years. Freddy
Every year in the small town of Irons, MI snowmobile enthusiasts gather at the Oak Grove Tavern for a unique and quirky “hat auction”; an event that is held to fund the grooming
Fred Dakota reflects on his childhood growing up in a Native American orphanage in Assinins, Michigan
Ironhead documents the creative work of ironmonger Kelly Ludeking and the happenings at his Down on the Farm Iron Pour, a yearly communal gathering of local and national artists
J.J. Kelley: Light Riders
While most of us take electricity for granted, there are more than a billion people in developing countries who live without power. Just plugging in can be the difference betwee
J.J. Kelley: Paddle to Seattle
Two best friends build their own kayaks and paddle alone for 97 days in the wilderness over 1,300 miles from Alaska to Seattle and survive to talk about most things.
J.J. Kelley: Ready for War
Americans are now taking the commander of the Hermit Kingdom seriously on his threats of nuclear war. Kim Jong-un’s proclamations of leveling the “cesspool of evil” are now back
J.J. Kelley: Underground Law
National Geographic embeds in the world of the “Godfather of Gaza” to investigate the business of surviving an occupation. Through exclusive access to a Gaza tunnel boss, we go
Kuebiko - In Time
Music video featuring local Surfer Dan.
Made in Marquette: Mike Horton
Mike Horton is Marquette’s original surfer, and co-founder of the Presque Isle Depot art studio. This is his story.
Marieke Penterman is an acclaimed Dutch cheesemaker from Throp, Wisconsin, who passionately explains her award-winning Gougda making, which has earned her more than 30 awards. M
Mikwendaagoziwag / They Are Remembered
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 t
Moving Mountains in Iron Mountain, MI is a coordinated effort between many highly energized, dedicated volunteers and Pine Mountain Resort. Instructors involved with this progra
Music for Free
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, musician, poet and athlete Ben Weaver set out to ride his bicycle unsupported down the country’s mos
Andrea has found that nature can provide tools to cope with her anxiety, depression, and overall mental health, but what if she had learned these skills during her teen years? A
Never Quite the Same
Five or six years ago, Marti O’Brien was feeling burned out. She was overwhelmed and pushing her friends and family away. Late one sleepless night, she took her dog Obie on a tr
A video portrait depicting the life’s work of Upper Michigan’s premiere artist Nita Engle. Her watercolor landscapes keep record of the few and fleeting wild spaces
Northern Exposure: Fishing with the Women Ice Angler Project
Every winter the Women Ice Angler Project gathers for a long weekend of fishing on frozen lakes in numbing temperatures. Though the conditions are far from glamorous, each membe
On the Fly: The Northern Angler
Fly Fishing in Northern Michigan is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. This film follows professional angler Brain Pitser and reveals why fly fishing in Northern Michi
Radical Rust Belt
This was a fun little collaborative project. In October of 2017 surfers and filmmakers Pat Noyes and Rusty Malkemes circumnavigated Lake Michigan in the Grey Potato (Rustys&rsqu
Ice climbing was previously a male dominated sport. Now women are rising up to the challenge and making their own headway in the sport. Anissa and Nicky have just begun partakin
Serendipitous: the Story of Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak
The Story of Sleeping Bear Surf and Kayak highlights one of the first surf shops in Northern Michigan and their story of the growing surf community on the Great Lakes.
The Thompson family of Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis craft custom skis from quality hardwoods in Northern Michigan.
Sleeze Lake - "Life at its Lowest and Best" - Work in Progress
The year is 1977 and the custom van movement was at full-tilt-boogie. Midwest Vans Ltd. was a club at the center of everything. Over 500 members strong and with multiple chapter
Start the Cycle Mountain Biking Program
Start the Cycle is a cycling team program that introduces at risk youth to a life full of success through winter fat tire and summer mountain biking. The volunteers and mentors
“Straight U.P.” is a look into the everyday life of tree climbing professionals here in Marquette, MI.
Every spring in the Upper Peninsula migratory rainbow trout, we have come to know as “steelhead” run up the glacier carved tributaries of Northern Michigan to spawn.
The Arrowhead Traverse
Maura and Bobby Marko are impassioned outdoor explorers. After becoming parents they knew that passing on a love and respect for the wilderness would be a major priority for the
The Big Five Dive
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 ho
The Boardman Review: Bike Leelanau
Bike Leelanau is advocating for building and sustaining accessible trails for all abilities while helping to build a local community focused around a love of biking
The Boardman Review: The Rabbit Island Foundation
On an island in Lake Superior, creativity, environmental philosophy, and remote wilderness come together to create an artist residency like no other. The Compass Points Here pro
The Center of Superior
A Superior Island is a personal travel documentary with stunning nature cinematography sequences that tells the story of when two diabetics set off to the Upper Peninsula into t
This film is an interview with a local rock climber in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Fight for Flight
A film about the spring songbird migration through the Great Lakes region and the people who interact with them. From research to rehab, it takes a lot to understand and conserv
The Seed Vault: Preserving Crop Diversity Forever
Amid a snow-covered Nordic landscape, a portal on the side of a frosty mountain leads to a long, dark tunnel and then a frozen door. Behind that door: the history of agriculture
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 wit
Trail Builders: Sam Crowley
A day in the life of a 9 year old. A brief reminder of how simple life is as a kid and a reminder of where our thirst to explore the world begins.
This was shot in about an hour! I was camping near the dunes, and spent the afternoon hiking and exploring the sand dunes that overlook Lake Michigan. I also created the music f
In 2017, Jay Gustafson launched Paddle for Progress, a two-year, 4,300-mile personal journey in response to Governor Dayton’s call for water action. Jay’s mission to
YAHARA: Winter Trailer
A winter portrait of the Yahara Watershed and trail for upcoming film examining the history and environmental challenges of one of the best studies watersheds in the world.