2021 Holiday Virtch & Merch

12/12 – The Hero’s Journey

Available December 12, 2021

About This Project

THE HERO’S JOURNEY is a block of short outdoor adventure films in which the subjects embark on a journey. Follow these daring characters across rivers, mountains, states and even countries on their epic travels.

Pay-what-you-can to watch on our virtual platform starting 12/12/21.

Part of our 2021 Holiday Virtch and Merch.

THE HERO’S JOURNEY features these films:

YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE – 10.5 minutes – by Jamie Walter, Taylor Walker, Chris Shane – from Maine
Short synopsis: In June of 2020, Chris Bennett and Chris Shane set out on an epic Maine adventure: a 10 day, 700+ mile backpacking trip from York to Lubec. Their goal? See as much of the state’s 3,478 miles of coastline as they could. Exploring lighthouses and lobster shacks, beaches and mountains, the two discover that sometimes the best adventures can be found right in your own backyard.

RATTLESNAKE TO WESTWATER – 20 minutes – by Hank Leukart – from California 
Short synopsis: Two lifelong friends, Hank and Jake, travel to Colorado to attempt backpacking, with packrafts, into the Colorado River on a seldom-used, steep route through Rattlesnake Canyon. On the River, they head into Utah in the tiny boats, hoping to tackle whitewater in the narrowest part of the entire Colorado River: Westwater Canyon.

PROJECT 20/20 – 9 minutes – by Geoff Nickerson – from Maine
Short synopsis: This film documents an artist’s journey along the Island Maine Island Trail.

FOLLOWING LINES – 59.75 minutes – by François Léger-Savard – from Quebec
Short synopsis: Seeking a deeper encounter with the territory of the Inuit, six paddlers plan to make the first recorded descent of a little-known river in northern Quebec. This mapping expedition, beset by adverse weather conditions and other unforeseeable situations, is also, for the filmmaker, a reminder of his ancestry.

THE FERRYMAN – 8.4 minutes – by Carlo Nasisse – from Athens, Georgia (Lives in Mexico City)
Short synopsis: Greg Caruso’s office is an 18 foot canoe on a remote section of Maine’s Kennebec River. Greg is a ferryman for hikers completing the 2,190 mile long Appalachian Trail. This documentary short explores Greg’s lifelong connection to rivers, and his occupation that is defined by a simple and beautiful daily passage across the Kennebec River.

45 MINUTES BY PLANE – 9.83 minutes – by Guillaume Knobloch – from MA
Short synopsis: Guillaume was looking for a way to get from Montreal, QC to Portland ME to surprise his girlfriend. In desperate need of adventure, and with the aim of helping the environment, he decided to bike home. Little did he know that this crazy idea would turn out to be his greatest adventure yet.


More available MOFF 2021 Virtch and Merch screenings:
11/28 – Pedal and Pow: films about cycling, skiing and snowboarding (available until 12/12)
12/5 – Nurture Nature: films about conservation and climate issues (available until 12/19)
12/19 – Darkness and Light: films exploring dark and light themes
12/26 – Friends and Family: films based around friends and loved ones

2021 Holiday Virtch & Merch