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No Man’s Land Film Festival
Aug 12, doors open 7pm, films start at dusk
Drive-in style @ Carrie Blast Furnaces
No Man’s Land Film Festival is the first-ever adventure film festival that exclusively features female athletes while showcasing work by both male and female filmmakers. NMLFF meets a need and desire to highlight and connect women in pursuit of the radical.
A Bitch of a Race
Local filmmakers Danielle (she/they) & Aubrey (she/her) of Early Dawn Productions will premier A Bitch of a Race documentary highlighting the famous Pittsburgh alleycat race – The Frigid Bitch.
Cyclist Anna Lena Kempen gave life to the idea for The Frigid Bitch Race over 9 years ago, because there wasn’t a space for her in the male-dominated cycling field. She wanted to create an inclusive space for women (and quickly realized the importance of including all underrepresented genders). The race would be harder, longer, colder and more terrible and awesome than other races.
Rating: Course Language, Drinking
The Honeys and the Bears
Director: Veena Rao
The Harlem Honeys and Bears, a synchronized swim team for seniors, describe the freedom of the water.
A Space for All
Director: Drew Bennett
A Space For All is a short film about representation, community, and the work that Brooke Goudy is doing to get more people of color to experience the joy of bikes. Brooke invokes thought and conversation about privilege, barriers, and how representation in media affects how societies and individuals view themselves and the world around them.
Wheels de Amor
Director + Producer: Jana Bolotin
Wheels De Amor is a short documentary featuring Michelle, a young navy veteran, who discovered the poppin’ skate community of Seattle and in turn found love for herself again.
**Content Notice: You are about to watch amazing and affirming films that will make you feel great. Of note, this film does contain some discussion of past trauma, including some sexual trauma. This is not the focus of the film.
Farm to Crag
Director: Kate Rutherford
Producer: Jane Jackson
What do farms and climbing have in common, you may ask? Location, location, location! We at Farm to Crag have created a map that encourages climbers to seek out local food producers in the places they climb. This project is a celebration of the landscapes we climb in, the food grown in these wild places, and the inspiring individuals who cultivate the land. Head over to farmtocrag.org/map to find local food in the places you climb. This spring, Kate Rutherford and Jane Jackson took the map for a test drive. Follow their journey to Castle Valley, Utah where they climbed sandstone towers and connected with local farmers.
What’s in a Name
Director: Jules Jimreivat Producers: Jim Aikman + Graham Zimmerman
Brazilian immigrant and professional climber Maiza Lima confronts the history of racism and misogyny in American culture while developing her own new sport climbing area in rural Montana that celebrates the true diversity of the sport and our world.
All Bodies on Bikes
Director: Zeppelin Zeerip Producer: Zac Ramras People’s Choice | No Man’s Land Film Festival 2022
Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky are bike riders on a mission – a mission to change the perception of who rides bikes. All Bodies on Bikes, a Shimano Originals film, follows Kailey and Marley on a two-day bikepacking trip along the Corvallis to Coast Trail, a 65-mile route through the gorgeous Oregon Coast Range.
**Content Notice: You are about to watch amazing and affirming films that will make you feel great. Of note, this film contains brief discussion of food restriction and disordered eating. We believe that the message of this film has the power to be transformative.
Why I Ride
Director + Producer: Catherine Aeppel
What drives someone to (as an adult) decide to take up a technical new sport? What can each of us learn from Jenny’s journey? And how can we inspire women, both young and old, to shred the norms of societal expectations and shamelessly shred? This is the story of Jenny Phillips, a woman who is not afraid to face her fears in pursuit of her adventurous dreams.
We Are Like Waves
Director: Jordyn Romero
Producers: Leah de Leon, Bettina Lancaster, Laurel Tamayo + Katharine Johnson Female Director + Producers Fem-Wow | No Man’s Land Film Festival 2022
Along the South Coast of Sri Lanka, surfing is everywhere. Yet only foreigners and local men fill the lineups. Surfing is not seen as a sport for girls. This is a result of cultural and societal expectations that place women inside the household, particularly in rural areas. Young girls are expected to follow certain standards: be kind, look nice, and smile. Attend school, get married, and start a family. Be a housewife, cook, and clean. Most importantly, stay at home and put family first.
The ocean is simply not seen as a place for women. Therefore, like most girls, Sanu grew up watching her brother surf, but never considered it as an option for herself. Sanu must decide if she wants to continue a typical life as a housewife, or risk carving her own path as a surfer. This is a story of finding one’s voice in a sea of expectations.
Directors: Whitney Hassett and Chelsea
Jolly Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now she’s running 150 miles through three of our National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands. She will be accompanied by running companions – who represent diverse perspectives in what it means to be a public land owner.
Conservationists are no longer reading Walden and hanging on the words of John Muir. Women, people of color, indigenous peoples and their knowledges and perspectives have been ignored in the conservation conversation. That is changing. The face of conservation is changing. The voices involved are changing. Those voices are speaking a new language and this is a new story. A story about land access told through a journey of empowerment. It is also a story about love – love for community, love for our country, and love for the spaces that have miraculously transformed the lives of these runners, and is meant to act as both a powerful encouragement for those in the fight to find their place in the conservation effort and a tool to start these much needed connections and conversations around public lands across our country.