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Originate // Inspiration

World Premiere
8 mins |
Canada |
Bryan Smith, Cameron Sylvester
LANGUAGE(S): English


Big mountain skier Michelle Parker leaves her skis behind in search of inspiration in new environments. She heads to the Pacific Northwest, teaming up with artist and professional mountain biker Brooklyn Bell, along with world-renowned freeride mountain biker Hannah Bergeman.

The trio depart Bellingham, WA by boat and set sail for Orcas Island, amongst the San Juans. Through their adventure, the three women ride some of the top trails the island has to offer, while reflecting on their process of inspiration, self discovery and progression.

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Summer Fest 2022 / VIMFF 2022 / VIMFF 2022 Tour

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Bryan Smith

A decade ago Bryan Smith bought his first camera at WalMart and started calling himself a filmmaker. While his imagery barely cracked amateur status on that first expedition, his passion and persistence would carry him through the ranks of the industry in the span of just 10 years. His first film, 49 Megawatts, documented a community’s struggle with a hydroelectric project on the Ashlu River and eventually led him to the hallways of National Geographic. He received an Expedition Council grant to lead a team of kayakers into the wilds of Kamchatka and went on to direct The Man Who Can Fly for the National Geographic Channel. After several years as a freelance director of photography for National Geographic, Bryan founded Reel Water Productions. A boutique production company based in Squamish, British Columbia specializing in documentary, expedition and commercial content.

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Cameron Sylvester

As a former Olympic rower, Cam’s commitment to a life of activity runs deep. Since retiring from sport, his passion has shifted to cinematography. His ability to document captivating stories of adventure and adversity have brought him to the furthest reaches of the globe, while working with some of the most iconic athletes and individuals in the outdoor industry. His ability to shoot in the most challenging environments, combined with his creative approach to editing has established a relationship with some of the most recognized brands in the outdoor industry.

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