Vancouver-based mountain biker, Steve Vanderhoek is a model of dedication, balancing his full-time job as a firefighter with his passion for trail building and riding. When he’s not battling blazes and keeping his community safe, Steve can usually be found on the city’s North Shore, building some of the most progressive lines in existence. Many of his lines are considered gnarly even by the standards of the world’s best mountain bikers but for Steve, they merely reflect his desire to push himself in similar ways to his firefighting career. Risk is Reward is a short film highlighting the symbiotic relationship between how Steve finds reward in extreme environments—both as a firefighter and a cutting edge freerider. Envisioned as a five-minute short film, this artistic odyssey, directed by Scott Secco, is a cinematic expression of Steve’s driving forces and the risks that inevitably come with progression in life.
This film was part of
Fall Series 2022
and is no longer available for viewing.
As a director, cinematographer, and editor, his work has racked up millions of views online, been featured in numerous Vimeo Staff Picks, and was showcased globally as part of the Banff Film Festival world tour. His 2015 feature, Builder, can be seen on Redbull TV. Scott’s background combines both academia and the school of hard knocks: he interned with Sherpas Cinema during the production of their film Into the Mind, and later graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in creative non-fiction writing. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Single Show: $18
Feature Film: $10
Online Film Pass: $90