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VIMFF Fall Series Climbing Show Elevated


15 mins |
United States |
Palmer Morse
LANGUAGE(S): English
| SUBTITLES: English


Effective communication is a challenge that every climber faces. It’s a sport that requires intense focus, dedication, and overcoming fear. For Deaf climber Sonya Wilson, communication and community is of vital importance. Elevated is a non-verbal film sharing Sonya’s experience as a Deaf woman and outdoor advocate working to bridge the gap between the Deaf community and the outdoor industry, one crag at a time.

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This film was part of

Fall Series 2022

and is no longer available for viewing.



vimff elevated director palmer morse

Palmer Morse

Palmer Morse (he/him/his) is a multi-disciplinary award-winning filmmaker who focuses on using the devices at hand in our visual and media culture that can drive our society to make change. As a Director, Producer, DP, and Editor, his work has been shown in National Geographic, PBS, New York Times, Outside Magazine and in film festivals around the world garnering awards and high praise. A Swiss Army knife of knowledge and skills, you’ll often hear him planning his next shoot as often as you’ll find him on set holding a camera or sitting in the editing room. Interested in stories of humans, our planet, and the interactions of the two, Palmer often works with organizations, non-profits, and brands in honing in on their mission in a visual format.

Beyond his advocacy work through film, Palmer has been privileged to Direct music videos for artists such as Still Woozy and Moonchild.

He currently lives in Oakland, California, on the homelands of the Ohlone peoples, and is the Co-Founder of Spruce Tone Films.

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