This film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation¹s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
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Felt Soul Media teamed up with Nick Waggoner and Yuki Miyazaki of Sweetgrass Productions in January 2012 to hunt the mythical Hokkaido Unicorn. The creature proved difficult to capture on film, so we just decided to do a little skiing.
Lots of love and high fives to Patagonia and the 5Point Film Festival for helping make this short possible.
[Camera work] Ben Knight, Travis Rummel and Nick Waggoner [Editor] Ben Knight [Producer] Yuki Miyazaki [Color] Ansol Fogel of Forge Motion Pictures [music] Christopher Bissonnette, In Accordance | Joji Hirota & Hiten Ryu Daiko, Kin No Mai | Wa Dai Ko Matsuri Za, Kabuki Gomen-Jyo!
Huge Thanks: Keith Danis & The Niseko Company, Niseko United, Karl Thompson, Mark Zitelli, Mark Fischer, Melissa Rummel, Herve Bizot, Makoto Takeishi, Shinya Nakagawa, Takaya Maeda, Ryu Okawa, Taro Tamai & Gentemstick
The Moab desert is full of beautiful, free standing sandstone towers. What could be more practical and aesthetic than free climbing the towers and base jumping off them?
With my husband and partner Mario Richard, and our good friends Keith Ladzinski and Jorge Visser, we teamed up to shoot the whole adventure on these beautiful towers and make a movie of some of our favorite base climbs.
On October 26th, a hole was blasted in the base of 125' tall Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington. In less than 2 hours, the reservoir behind the dam drained completely and the White Salmon flowed unimpeded by a dam for the first time in 100 years.
This short clip is a combination of video and timelapse photography captured throughout the day. The technical stuff:
Video was shot with a Sony FS100, a Sony EX1 recording to a KiPro HDD recorder, and a Canon 5D.
The timelapse photography was done with 2 Canon Rebel T2is and a Canon 7D. Additional cameras used include GoPro Hero 2s, GoPro HD Heros and a Canon 1D Mark 4.
This video first appeared on the National Geographic News site here: http://bit.ly/uCeO9d
and is a part of my larger effort to document the restoration of the White Salmon River: http://bit.ly/ro6Pjh
Big thanks to my partner in this project, Steve Stampfli, for all of his ideas and effort.
Jake Norton and Wende Valentine hope to teach their children to find what they love in life, and for Jake, that means leaving home several times a year to quench an insatiable desire to climb the world's tallest mountains. Wild Love is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives during one expedition, and explores the joys and challenges of balancing a passion for adventure with a family life.