When:October 6, 2018
Time:11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Adventure Film Festival is grounded in powerful storytelling that moves audiences into action, showcasing the year’s most compelling films, art and activism. What could be more inspiring than meeting the people behind the work? This year, we’ve invited a panel of world-class adventurers, activists and storytellers to take the stage in a live eTown event designed to spark action and empower creation. Speakers will introduce their work and share what drives them. Afterwards, there will be time for mingling and Q&A.
Join us to hear stories, broaden your perspective, but most of all leave knowing deep in your bones that we all have the power to contribute to a greater good.
The first 100 attendees will receive a free copy of Shannon Galpin’s book, Mountain to Mountain. This event is hosted with AFF's title sponsor, Meridian Line, and presented by 1908 Brands.
Jeremy Collins As an artist, Jeremy's work is world renowned. His complex, cerebral drawings and writings have appeared in publications from National Geographic to the Wall Street Journal and every issue of Alpinist magazine since inception. His films and books have won awards around the globe including the coveted Creative Excellence from The Banff Film Festival. His book DRAWN: The Art of Ascent is in it's fifth printing, and his annual Wild Lines activism calendar sell out as quickly as they are printed. As a recipient of the Outdoor Industries "Most Inspiring Individual" in 2015, Collins has utilized his art and activism throughout the far reaches of Nepal, to the northern tip of The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and closer to home fighting for the protection of Bears Ears National Monument on the Utah Senate Floor.
Shannon Galpin, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and global activist, is the founder of women’s rights non-profit, Mountain2Mountain, art-as-activism group Combat Apathy, and co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Endangered Activism. Shannon worked for a decade on women’s rights projects in Afghanistan. In 2009 she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, she supported and trained the first Afghan Women’s National Cycling team and helped build and support the burgeoning right to ride movement in Afghanistan. Shannon is the author of two books, her memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan , and a photography book Streets of Afghanistan . She is the producer of the documentary film, Afghan Cycles. The International Olympic Committee awarded Shannon an Honorary Achievement Diploma in 2015 for her work promoting gender equity through sports. A passionate believer in public art as activism, Shannon created the groundbreaking street art installation, Streets of Afghanistan in 2011, and recently launched the streetart project #WhatWeLose in Paris and Oxford, England. Shannon is a sexual assault survivor and TBI survivor. Shannon is a Fellow with the Explorer’s Club.
Caroline Gleich is a professional ski mountaineer and adventurer based in Salt Lake City, UT. When she’s not on snow, she loves trail running, alpine climbing, ridge scrambling, biking and dreaming about her next human-powered adventure. You may have seen her on the cover of Powder, Backcountry or Ski Magazines or in a ski films. A nature lover since birth, Caroline uses her voice as an athlete to advocate for social and environmental justice, working on issues such as climate change, clean air and cyber harassment with non-profits such as Protect Our Winters, HEAL Utah, Winter Wildlands Alliance, Wilderness Society, Tree Utah and Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Caroline’s goal is to inspire people to get outside, live a healthy, active lifestyle and protect the places we love to play.
James Q Martin
James Q Martin Flagstaff, Arizona-based photographer and filmmaker James 'Q' Martin was born in the Arizona desert and raised in the remote reaches of Alaska. Inquisitive, spirited, and dedicated to regional and international conservation efforts, Q has since traveled extensively throughout the American Southwest and to more than 30 countries, spanning six continents, documenting the stories of world-class athletes, artists, conservationists, filmmakers, and scientists who inspire him. His hope is, by capturing their compassion for special places on film, he will raise awareness for issues facing our communities worldwide, and unite people in taking steps to preserve and protect these places for future generations. Rooted in Flagstaff, Q Media is a fully-staffed production house created to harness this passion, embodied over the years by many critically acclaimed adventure and conservation films.
James Edward Mills
James Edward Mills is a 2014 Fellow of the Mountain & Wilderness Writing Program of the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and the 2016 recipient of the Paul K. Petzoldt Award For Environmental Education. As a freelance journalist and an independent media producer in a career that spans more than 20 years he specializes in sharing stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living. He has worked in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer, and photographer. He is the author of the new book “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.”
James is a contributor to several outdoor-focused print and online publications such as National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, SUP, Elevation Outdoors, Women’s Adventure, the Clymb.com, Park Advocate, High Country News, Appalachia Journal, The Guarding, Outside Magazine and Land & People. For his work sharing the story of Buffalo Soldiers and their service in the creation of the National Park Service James was named a 2016 Yosemite National Park Centennial Ambassador.