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Descent Of The Refuge

Director: Molly Booth & Morgan Shields
Origin: USA
Duration: 9 minutes

In April of 2019, three friends journey into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on ski’s. As their expedition unfolds, they learn to be flexible and experience this wild place. They learn how much personal restoration and growth a wild place can offer. The message of this film is the importance that wild places play in our existence and how this specific location is in need of our protection. Please join us in the story of these three friends’ journey into this epic land.


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Molly Booth

Molly Booth is an outdoor enthusiast who has a passion for experiencing the outdoors, preserving these wild spaces, and capturing their beauty through photography and film. She is a first time filmmaker and is the Director and Editor of the film Descent of the Refuge.

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Morgan Shields

Morgan Shields is the Director of Photography and Assistant Editor on this project. Morgan earned his degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has since worked in the outdoor filmmaking industry working in a freelance capacity with industry leaders such as Camp4 Collective, Teton Gravity Research and Stept.


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