Banff Mountain Festival Preview

The Banff Mountain Festival. Banff. When first heard about its mountain film festival, I had no idea where that was. If it hadn’t been for the winter Olympics a bunch of years back, I wouldn’t know much about Calgary either, but that’s just me being American. Truthfully, it sounded like someplace in Scandinavia. It sounded…

Gritty Filmmaking

It’s always fun when the filmmakers behind a project have lived lives at least as engaging as the subjects they are filming. It should be no surprise that this happens a lot in the world of outdoor adventure. And in particular with Nathan Ward and Sam Bricker, co-founders of Grit & Thistle Film Company, whose…

Why Challenge Awards

Challenge Awards, an origin story. Somewhere on the road between Telluride and Los Angeles (which is to say the road between pure inspiration and the crude mechanics of pulling it off) I had a vision: What if we found a way for today’s explorers to be rewarded? A way to showcase the bravery and innovation…

Short Film Awards

SHORT FILM AWARDS ARE HERE AT LAST! “Some jobs just turn out harder than you expected.” This was the sentiment echoed by all three of our judges, over the weeks we have screened and re-screened these awesome shorts. Not only were there a ton of great films to choose from – and thank you ALL…

Film Competition Wraps

Adventure Film Competition Update By any measure we can think of, our first filmmaker challenge has been a big success, eclipsing all expectations. THANKS GOAL ZERO! Our first sponsor, Goal Zero, stepped up when almost nobody had ever heard of us. And truthfully, their solar gear is a perfect fit for adventure filmmakers. Honestly, I’m…

Ray Zahab – Expedition Gobi

I got a phone call from Ray Zahab yesterday. He was at the airport, getting ready to board a plane for Asia and a 2,300km run across the most Gobi Desert. “Expedition Gobi” is just the latest, ambitious expedition from Ray, who has already run the Sahara at its widest point (some 7,500 km) back…

Adventure Film Competition Heats Up

Adventure Film Competition UPDATE! Friends, Filmmakers, Explorers! We are STOKED and grateful to witness the extraordinary short films rolling in for our first filmmaker challenge award on Xpedition.TV. The quality of submissions is beyond our best hopes and many are truly outstanding. Beautifully photographed, passionate, and deeply personal stories – it’s humbling to see the…

Xpedition.TV Launches Short Film Competition

Big day everyone! Xpedition.TV kicks off our very first challenge award with this short film competition for adventurer filmmakers! “Emerging Talent Filmmakers Challenge” Submissions DUE by July 15, 2013 so enter as soon as possible! (See full competition rules & details). The short film competition is being sponsor by GOAL ZERO, a Utah based tech…

MountainFilm 2013

MountainFilm. Believe it or not, the best film festival you’ll probably ever go to takes place in the small Colorado town of Telluride each May. Memorial Day weekend (May 24-17 this year). I can say “best” because after 20 years in the film industry, I am a festival snob. Checking my t-shirt collection, it appears…

Fitz Cahall, True Story

I’ve been looking forward to writing about Fitz Cahall, because I have been reading and watching and listening to his adventure stories for months. They’re fantastic. In fact, in the world of adventure journalism, Fitz stands pretty tall. If you don’t already know them, Fitz Cahall and his wife Becca Cahall run a Seattle based…