presented by Guayaki

Directed by Cyrus Sutton

director of photography: Julie Hotz

Rising Appalachia is a group of troubadours led by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith. Their sound is a unique soulful mix of folk and roots music with lyrics that infuse Southern hymns, feminist musings, and a dash of anarchy. This film begins as a recreation of their childhood in suburban Atlanta before diving down to the depths of New Orleans where they developed their voice as grown women and used that voice to speak out against resource extraction.

Run Time: 8 min


Venturous Voices

presented by REI

created by Gale Straub // She Explores and Jessie Davis // Siren Vid

Director of Photography: Julie Hotz

Venturous Voices explores the rise of the female entrepreneur in the outdoor industry through the stories of four women-lead endeavors. These entrepreneurial women share many traits: They are self-motivated and nimble, they are problem solvers and they aren’t fearless, but they are taking action. Watch to find out what happens when you take your love and make it your business.

Run Time: 24 min



presented by Blackburn

Produced and Directed by Nadia Gill // Encompass Films

co-director and Director of Photography: Julie Hotz

Wyoming's Red Desert contains an expansive and lonely area know as the Great Basin. Although the rolling hills and spartan features make for relatively easy travel, the area has long been a formidable obstacle due to it's lack of water and fierce winds. Laura and Katie face the challenges, anxieties and . . . joys, of crossing the Great Basin during their bike trip along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail.

Run Time: 5 min