I've dreamt of this day for FIVE YEARS. Folks, @afghancycles will have it's WORLD PREMIERE at @hotdocsfest April! I am beyond elated, yet also working through a touch of anxiety. I'm not sure I have the words just yet, but what I will say is that it has been an absolute honor to be trusted by these brave women to tell their story. A story that has evolved in ways I never could have imagined, and yet they continue to let me in and trust me in the tenderest of moments. For that, I am grateful, because I believe that their story is a universal one that will inspire women and men everywhere.
I'll keep you all posted on future screenings and festivals, but for today I'm just excited to be able to celebrate the news of our World Premiere, which would not have been possible without the support, collaboration, and friendship of the crew behind this film - @jennygnichols, @annabrones, @tonytonyhale, @sgalpin74, and @cappuccino222. And my love, @bailey_k, who truly has been by my side through this entire process, cheering me on during the highs, picking me up in the lows. Big thanks to @ellie.kealey who said yes to me, a near stranger at the time asking her to trust me on this film. And of course to @outlive.the.bastards And @claudialopezphoto who were there to kick this thing off with me so many years ago.
I feel so lucky to have the community that I have - friends and family near and far who have been rooting for me and this film every step of the way. I have felt it, and it's your support that has gotten this thing where it is today. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Toronto, here we come!!! Photo by @jennygnichols
#documentary #film #worldpremiere #hotdocs18
In partnership with @subaru_usa - roadtripping with @annabrones in the SW last month was a total ball. We spent our days stopping at scenic pullouts, making delicious lunches, feeling inspired by the landscape, and discussing all things creativity. Even though we were there to work, I came away feeling rejuvenated and invigorated. I think that’s the magic of time spent on the road with a good pal. For more on our trip, head over to @she_explores and listen to the latest podcast episode of #WomenOnTheRoad that @howsheviewsit put together.
#iworkwithsubaru #loveisoutthere #papercut
@annabrones has brought me to tears! She’s included Frozan, one of the brave women from @afghancycles, in her #womenswisdomproject where she’s been doing papercuts of 100 inspiring women. Seeing my dear friend and little sister included in this series is the coolest thing! “There is light after every darkness.” Happy International Women’s Day!
What is the reality of turning your dreams into a career? In partnership with @subaru_usa, the 15 of us took to the desert to discuss this topic further. I learned a lot from these women - insights on pushing creative limits to contemplating the privilege of even being able to chase your dreams, I left Marfa with a fresh new perspective on the line of work I’m in. This video is a compilation of some of these voices. For more, head over to @she_explores for a special podcast episode @galestraub put together from this experience. I feel unbelievably honored to have been a part of this project! Hope you get the same inspiration from the episode that I did!
#loveisoutthere #meetanowner #iworkwithsubaru
Here’s to proving you can still be silly in your thirties. I love you to the moon @bailey_k, everything is always so much more fun with you! Happiest of birthdays to my favorite lady! #dirtythirty
Thanks for the family photo @frankie_devlin
And thanks for the threads @aveswruck
I’m still pinching myself after that @outsidemagazine article was released earlier this week (link in bio). And in honor of #femalefilmmakerfriday today, I want to give a shout out to one of my favorite ladies to be on production with - @beccaskinner !!! She’s got the biggest heart, works hard, and is a whole lot of fun to be in the field with. She’s the amazing photographer who snapped this killer photo that’s been circulating this week. Thanks Becca!! Let’s make another mooooovie together real soon!! 💛
If I had the power of snap (think Mary Poppins), I’d snap myself back to Saturday when I took the day off to romp around in the snow with these two!
#adventurewalking with @bailey_k and #HatchiPup
#passlife #alpental #cascades #weekendwarrior - #butonlyonsaturday
And to follow up yesterday's post, I'm excited to announce that THE MIRNAVATOR will also be screening at the DC Environmental Film Festival (@dceff_org) March 15-25th. I am so proud of this film and honored to know @themirnavator. I can’t say I'm surprised that her story resonates with so many people out there, she truly is an inspiration and all around badass! Thank you, as always Mirna, for trusting me with your story!
Photo by the one and only @jennygnichols who gave me an emphatic YES when I asked her to join me on this film. Thanks girl!!
And thanks always to @rei for making this film possible!
I'm so excited to announce that A STEELHEAD QUEST will be a part of the 2018 line up at the DC Environmental Film Festival (@dceff_org). Sadly I'm able to make it out there this year, but if you're in DC, definitely check it out - March 15-25th.
Photo the amazing @beccaskinner
As always, big thanks to our sponsors and partners on this - @rei, @troutunlimited, @scientificanglers, @orvis, @winstonrods, @flyfishingfilmtour, and @costasunglasses
Working on a holiday weekend ain’t so bad when it means editing a video about this hot thang! We had pulled over because @annabrones was liking a view. Most people snap a photo, but she whipped out her paper cutting tools and made a gorgeous work of art. Stay tuned and I’ll show you the final piece.
#papercut #newmexico #southwest #LoveIsOutThere #roadtrippin
#tbt to my home last week
#marfa #texas #elcosmico #trailerlove
Considering I have a major girl crush on Leslie Knope, how could I NOT re-post this!?!? Happy Galentines Day to all my ladies!! Paper cut and photo by my gal-pal @annabrones
That’s a wrap on an amazing production with @subaru_usa!! This is @julesville_ She is an incredible photographer and an even more amazing human being. The whole crew of ladies was rad as ever, and I feel so honored to have been a part of this experience! #LoveIsOutThere #meetanowner @she_explores #sheexplores #iworkwithsubaru #mediamobile #productionbuddies
In partnership with @subaru_usa —
Whew! What a week! It was so refreshing to get time with @annabrones as we filmed our road trip from Taos to Marfa. Then we met up with the most inspiring, talented, and insightful crew of ladies to discuss all things relating to a life (and business) of creativity. The ups, the downs. The dream of it versus the reality of it. What inspires us - what terrifies us. I am grateful to have been a part of this experience, and feel energized and reinvigorated by the time I had with all of these unforgettable humans.
This work can be really hard some days. The self-doubt, the hustle, the insecurity. But then there are the days when you’re bursting at the seams with passion and inspiration and can’t imagine doing anything else. This is one of those days.
Photo by @annabrones
#iworkwithsubaru #LoveIsOutThere @she_explores #femalefilmmakerfriday
In partnership with @subaru_usa —
Packing up Shelly for another day on the road. We’ve gotten to see some pretty places along the way, I’m starting to get why so many creatives have sought the Southwest out for inspiration over the years.
@subaru_usa @she_explores #LoveIsOutThere #meetanowner #iworkwithsubaru #southwest #roadtrip #production #behindthescenes
In partnership with @subaru_usa
@AnnaBrones and I are rip-roarin' around the Southwest this week making a short video series for Subaru. We're wrapping up our time in Taos feeling inspired and energized - I think this region tends to have that kind of effect on a person. I'm especially grateful to be doing this road trip with such a great friend. Not just anyone would put up with my "chasing the evening light, oh my god we're gonna miss it!" anxiety, but last night, she was unbelievably patient and it ended up being so beautiful. Thank you Anna!! @she_explores #LoveIsOutThere #MeetAnOwner #iworkwithsubaru #sheexplores .
#sunset #southwest #taos #goldenlight #behindthescenes #newmexico #desert #film #production
In partnership with @subaru_usa #iworkwithsubaru
This is a photo of me when I bought my first Subaru about 4 years ago. The first thing I did was build out the back so I had a cozy bed, a couple of drawers, enough storage for my gear, and I hit the road. I've always loved road tripping - windows down, music blasting, the freedom to go anywhere I want. I had no choice but to take Babs out for a few weeks as soon as she was mine. And it's been an adventure ever since. I am really excited to spend next week with an amazing crew of women on production with @subaru_usa and @she_explores in the southwest - sharing stories, seeing beautiful landscapes, and... road trippin! Stay tuned, photos and videos to come. #LoveIsOutThere #MeetAnOwner
“The world needs to see images of not only women directors but also *filmmakers*. It’s hard to become what you do not see” - @reedmorano #femalefilmmakerfriday
Love this shot that @claudialopezphoto took of me back in 2013 on our very first production of @afghancycles
Five years whole years with this PYT, how did I get so lucky?!? Happy, happy anniversary @bailey_k - here’s to many more years spent laughing, loving, adventuring together ❤️
I’ve loved seeing all the #femalefilmmakerfriday posts going around today! It's ranged from friends and colleagues I love to women I've looked up to and admired for years, all posting cool stories and anecdotes about films they've made, what they've learned through the process, and what they're setting their eyes on next. I love it all!
I wanted to chime in as well, and I chose this photo because it's from the very first production I did solo - on my own, no ties to anyone or anything, figuring it out, making it work. But we're never really alone in this. I got to collaborate with @kristinfolsland that whole summer who's a kickass photographer, she snapped this photo of me. And through her I met the ever inspiring @leabrassy who trusted me with her story which morphed into the very first LET MEDIA production, Catch It. Granted, I had worked on other films before going to Norway that summer, but this was the first that was my very own. I love this shot that Kristin took of me because it's a rare photo that I feel captures my real smile. And I think that's because I was so happy in that moment. I was still figuring things out - my style, my craft, and the business behind it all. But in that moment I knew I was doing exactly what I was put on this planet to do.
#femalefilmmakerfriday has landed on a pretty cool day. I'm in Georgia at the moment - my dear friend @themirnavator flew me and @jennygnichols out to do a day long workshop about documentary filmmaking & the impact it can have on social justice. It's been really inspiring to spend the day with Mirna & Jenny, learning from them, laughing with them... and the students were all so receptive and in to it. It has instilled a lot of hope and optimism in me for the future of what we're all trying to do here - make some kind of difference in the world.
Some days are harder than others in this line of work, but when it's all said and done, I couldn't be more grateful for the friends, mentors, and collaborators I've been lucky enough to share this work with - and you all know who you are. I'd be drowning if it weren't for your generosity in sharing wisdom and support over the years, and I can't thank you enough!