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July 12, 2020

5 Adventure Films You Must See

Interview by
Joel Fuller

Creative storytelling, compelling cinematography, and beautiful editing - These 5 must-see Adventure Films were selected to inspire, stimulate ideas, and showcase the work of truly talented creatives. From the mythical gathering of toxic honey in the mountainous jungles of Nepal, discovering the courage of the first working women in South Korea, or something as “simple” as running around your own block, these films span the breadth that is outdoor/adventure film. There are both big budget and small budget films in this list and we’d recommend you focus on the filmmakers abilities to weave narrative and meaning with beautiful cinematography.

1. The Last Honey Hunter

A collaboration between Felt Soul Media, Camp 4 Collective, and National Geographic, this short film tells the compelling story of the dangerous collection of toxic honey by the isolated Kulung people in the mountainous jungles of Nepal’s Hongu river valley. Deep, dark, and almost unbelievable, the film weaves its story around forest spirits, dreams, and woodsmoke to share the story of their leader's final harvest.

It’s worth taking a look at some behind the scenes here as well as some stills from the project here.

2. Lessons from Jeju

Professional free driver and expecting mother Kimi Werner  takes a trip to the island of Jeju in South Korea to meet her heroes, the haenyeo - a group of free diving and fishing women often regarded as Korea’s first working mother’s whose culture dates back centuries. 

A monumental piece about feminism and motherhood released this year on Mother's Day.

3. Camel Finds Water

Trevor Gordon, a photographer & storyteller, found the hull of an abandoned fishing boat in a field. He brought it home and built it back to a sea-worthy state over the course of a summer before taking it on its maiden voyage to British Columbia in search of waves.

Worth checking out this photo essay about the film here.

4. Out on a Limb

Empathy, efficiency, and a willingness to adapt – Kai Lin’s KLIPPA prosthetic foot is inspired by mountain goats and a desire to help people. Kai’s story explores his unlikely alliance with Arc’teryx athlete, Craig DeMartino, from which the pair serve up a holy grail for adaptive rock climbers – a badass prosthetic foot, that won’t just level the playing field, but will dish up, if not superpowers, then a real sense of empowerment. Which is almost the same thing. The use of animation in this film is something unique and worth paying attention to.

Filmed & directed by Jordan Manley

5. A Mile an Hour

A totally different film from the films selected but equally inspiring. Beau Miles is an adventurer, filmmaker, and outdoor ed professor living in Australia. In the past few years he has chased adventure in his own backyard compared to the global chase of adventure he pursued during his 20s. 

A Mile An Hour is a different kind of marathon. Beau runs one lap every hour, for 24hrs, around his perfectly mile long block. The rest of the time he does as much as possible; making things, odd jobs, fixing stuff. The film is about running, doing, and thinking. Beau has a natural ability to weave humour and meaning into his narratives that has helped him win film awards around the world.

Bonus: Unnur - Chris Burkard

From Director Chris Burkard comes the film “Unnur” yet to be publicly debuted. The story is about his close friend Elli, an Icelandic photographer, surfer, and kayaker whose perspective changes after surviving a near death experience and his unique path of parenthood.

The film is making its rounds through different film festivals right now and is set for wide release this Fall. 

We can’t wait to see it.

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