Human Potential made it's way to the festival in search of some of this inspiration in the hopes that something will create a new spark or fuel our own fire of self discovery. Also, Human Potential went to Boulder REI to support the film 9/11/10 Project: Stop 18. This film was produced by film make Michael Ramsey and Stacy Bare of Veterans Expeditions.
The Boulder Film Festival is also put on in support of The Jonny Copp Foundation where the theme is "Make Your Own Legends.""The Jonny Copp Foundation was founded to inspire people through powerful imagery and stories born of adventure and the authentic human experience. "
9/11/10 Project: Stop 18 is a powerful film which depicts the journey of a group of our nations veterans, who climb Colorado's Longs Peak to raise awareness for Stop 18, a non-profit project that brings awareness to the staggering statistic that every minute, 18 veterans commit suicide. They climb for them.
After the VetEx film we enjoyed a few more films while at Boulder REI; Cyclosport which showcases the exciting sport of Cyclo-cross in Colorado's Front Range, On Assignment which provides an intimate look at world renowned Jimmy Chin and his life while living under a tarp in Yosemite so he can get the best pictures of the world's very best climbers; and 23 Feet the tale of a few adventurers who live inside a 23 foot airstream camper for a few months while searching out those who live minimally.
After REI, we made it over to the Boulder Theatre to enjoy the finale performances of the night. My favorite of the final films (sans the Showstopper) was a film titled Chasing Water where Peter McBride and Johnny Waterman take a closer look at the Colorado River from Source to Sea.. and we learn why it never makes it to the sea, and it dries up in a filthy cesspool near the Sea of Cortex.
The final film was titled The Wolf and the Madallion by Jeremy Collins. The viewing of this film was nothing short of legendary as the Director mixes music, ballet and painting with the viewing of his short film based on a letter he wrote to his son. It simply blew my mind while sitting in the theatre, catching the many metaphors used throughout the viewing. Stunning.
This festival is amazing and well worth the minimal cost of admission to get in and see all the films. It shows in Asheville, NC on December 7-8 for your East Coasters looking for a taste. Keep your eyes open for these films on YouTube or your local adventure television station.
Chasing Water: By Pete McBride