The Sweetwater Film Festival brings people together to experience and be inspired through outdoor adventure film, fostering dialogue between family, friends and strangers alike. Join us for an evening of community and story telling that explores the power of the arts and the outdoors to inspire, engage our senses, and contribute to a life well lived.
Proceeds generated from this event will benefit the outdoor education program at Lisgar Collegiate, providing opportunities for students to be exposed to the positive mental and physical benefits of being active while immersed in the natural world.
Director: Mike Douglas
Twenty years ago the New Canadian Air Force and Salomon changed skiing forever with the release of the Teneighty ski. The original crew comes together in Whistler to celebrate the anniversary and look back at what has happened in the sport.
Director: Scott Carthy
Brought up in near solitude within the New Zealand wilderness, Casey Brown and her brother kept themselves entertained by honing their skills on the FMB track with the aim of making it pro. Casey’s world changed when her family moved to Canada, and she was faced with integrating herself into society as well as battling to the top of the world stage.
Director: David Morton & Fitz Cahall
As parents, how do we teach our kids that there is a world beyond social media, standardized tests and soccer practice? Join Eddie Bauer athlete David Morton and his seven-year-old son Thorne on a week-long SUP journey down the Karnali and Bheri Rivers in Western Nepal. “There’s a basic paradox to parenting,” says David. “You have to keep your kids safe, but you have to teach them to take risks and follow curiosity. Life is undeniably richer with a little bit of daring.”
Director: Brendan Leonard
The odds were stacked against Jayson Sime early in life: poverty, homelessness, dyslexia, bullying. But he learned to fight, literally and metaphorically, and battled his way to a successful career as a political organizer. In 2017, he entered his first 100-mile mountain ultramarathon, betting on his lifelong resilience to carry him to the finish line.
Director: Michelle Smith
Jacques “The Frenchy” Houot (pronounced “oo-oh”) is a Colorado icon. He is an 82-year-old athlete who gets after it non-stop on skis, mountain bike, and the cyclocross race circuit. Jacques is an accomplished athlete, but the real story is how he inspires us with his contagious love of life, epic tales of survival, ability to counter aging through laughter, and his impact on the community over decades.
Director: Nathan Dappen
In 1974, my 20-year-old parents and uncle Andy built their own canoes, launched them into the Pacific, and became some the first people in modern history to canoe from Washington to Alaska up the Inside Passage. My brother and I grew up paddling those wooden canoes in the Virginia rivers and the 1974 adventure became legend in our family – shaping who we’ve become, how we view our parents, and how our parents view themselves. In the summer of 2017, we renovated those canoes and with our aging parents completed their 1974 journey. The Passage is a story about growing up, growing old, and the wild places that define us.
Director: Matt Dennison & Jason Lucas
The North Shore is a mountain biker’s paradise. In fact, it is one of the places where freeride mountain biking started. Back in the ’90s riders were huckin’ their meat off of narrow wooden structures fifteen feet in the air. Things have changed a little since then and the Shore is now home to a massive amount of trails that riders travel to from far and wide to get rad on. There are trails for riders of all abilities, however, your first time navigating the Shore may leave you lost, in over your head, and wondering why you didn’t choose an easier sport, like badminton or race walking.
Director: Ben Leclair
Benjamin Leclair makes the most of a bad situation wakeboarding through the streets of a flooded Paris. Gorgeous aerial footage makes it look much better than it probably smelled.
Director: Joey Schusler
The chaotic streets of Kathmandu may not seem like a typical breeding ground for world-class mountain bikers. Since learning to ride on a beat-up clunker, to becoming the four-time National Champion at age 21, RJ’s story is one of boundless childhood dreaming and unstoppable determination, forged from junkyard scraps and tested on the rugged trails of the mighty Himalaya.
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