Big mountain shredder Ingrid Backstrom’s letter to her 1 yr old daughter, Betty Bee, is a look into a badass mountain mama’s adventure raising a kiddo in the outdoors.
Director: Cheyne Lempe
Sjo Tarn is a film that discusses the purpose (and lack there of) a lifetime devoted to the simple act of climbing. Katie Lambert and Caroline George explore rock towers in the Fjordlands of Lofoten, Norway.
Dawa Yangzum Sherpa
Director: Anna Callaghan
Woman-identified Director, Producer
Sherpa women aren't encouraged to climb mountains. But that wasn't going to stop Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, who grew up in a Himalayan village with no electricity or running water but knew that she would one day summit Mount Everest. At 21, she stood on top of the world and then started a new quest: to become the first woman from her country to earn mountaineering's most elite title—an IFMGA. An IFMGA certification can take more than five years and $30,000 to complete, and of the 6,937 certified guides worldwide, only 1.5 percent are female.
Director: Taylor Keating
“I don’t want to be known as just a one-armed climber,” says Maureen Beck, “I just want to be a good climber.” Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She takes whippers on 5.12 and crushes overhanging boulders, while shot-gunning beers. But she is not here to be your inspiration. “People say, ‘Look, a one-armed climber, now I have no excuses.’ I’m like, dude, you never had any excuses in the first place.” Maureen is here to crush the gnar — with one bloody stump helping her get to the top.
Director: Ian McMullen
Features NMLFF Ambassador
Emma Yardley, a 23-year-old fly fisherwoman, adventurer, artist and NMLFF Ambassador, shares her story of growing up on the river with her dad in Vermont, and how, through her travels to New Zealand and Patagonia, fly fishing and spending time alone on the river have influenced her creative spirit, and been a constant reminder to slow down.
Finding the Line
Director: Bjarne Salén
Finding the Line is a film about fear, it’s paralyzing grip on humans and how it affects our decision-making. In this feature length documentary, Olympian and X Games Slopestyle champion Anna Segal and her Freeride World Tour, big mountain skiing sister, Nat Segal, use their skiing to understand fear and how it manifests in the two siblings’ lives. Throughout their careers as professional skiers, Anna and Nat have both constantly been challenged by fear. Yet, despite being brought up under the same roof, they have learned to deal with it in almost contrasting ways, neither leading them to the success they dreamed of. A heartfelt journey on the knife’s edge of big mountains throughout Canada and France push them to their physical and emotional limits. The extreme skiing mecca of Alaska pushes them beyond. The Australian sisters soon realise that the most important lessons lie within each others' approach. Equipped with greater insight, they negotiate the fine balance between staying in their comfort zone and taking too much risk, learning that sometimes to move forward, you need to understand what is holding you back.
Hip Hop Gone Wild
Director: Henna Taylor + Becca Droz
NMLFF 2017 Pitchfest Recipient
Woman-identified Director, Producer
Hip Hop may have originated in the streets, but it has a place in the wild. Both hip hop and the wild hold space for creative expression to be exercised liberally. Hip Hop is evolving, so is climbing and so are we. Becca Droz loves rock climbing for many of the same reasons that she love beatboxing and writing raps. They both connect her more deeply with others and with her truest self. They both help her think about death and feel more alive. The wild of the mountains inspires her to create something beautiful.