Directed by Drew Goldsack & Simon Donato
Canada, 2016, 10 minutes
MEC Canadian Adventure Show
Wed Feb 15 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
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40 Winters follows adventurer Simon Donato, professional obstacle course racer Ryan Atkins and ultra-runner Adam Campbell as they attempt to traverse the 11 peaks of the iconic Mt. Rundle ridge in a single day. Facing snow, ice, and quickly changing early spring conditions, the trio set out along the iconic Rundle ridge between Canmore and Banff to try and post a fastest known time for the traverse in winter conditions.
With interviews from mountain legends such as Chic Scott, Charlie Locke, Will Gadd and Jack Firth, 40 Winters examines what it means to live and play in the mountains, have adventures, and most importantly come home safely.
Directors bio: Drew Goldsack:
A Red Deer, Alberta native, Drew comes to ﬁlmmaking from a non-traditional background. He is a two-time Olympian in the sport of cross country skiing, representing Canada at the Torino Games in 2006 and the Vancouver Games in 2010. Upon retirement from the sport in 2012, Drew elected to put his Engineering education on hold and took advantage of an opportunity to intern on a ﬁlm project. This opportunity ultimately turned into a full time position as a producer with US based company Modern City Entertainment where he works on development for ﬁlm and television projects.
As a 15-year resident of Canmore, Alberta, Drew’s passions lie with the outdoors and the Canadian Rockies. Having predominantly worked on projects outside the province and outside the country, Drew has long desired to develop his own ﬁlm projects based closer to home. Inspired by the mountains and his background in sport, Drew has teamed up with Simon Donato to produce the short ﬁlm ‘40 Winters’.
Based out of Canmore AB, this is Simon’s second independent documentary ﬁlm project. The ﬁrst, a ﬁlm on ultra-distance racing entitled Go Death Racer was shown to several sold-out audiences in AB, and was featured in the 2012 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. The success of Go Death Racers led to Simon hosting the Canadian endurance racing television show Boundless, where he and his good friend Paul ‘Turbo’ Trebilcock travel the world competing in tough ultra-distance events. The experience of hosting this show and occasionally assisting on the production and episode planning side has led to Simon wanting to create more projects of his own. 40 Winters has been an opportunity for Simon to apply what he has learned through Go Death Racer and Boundless to create a beautiful, cinematic, and engaging short documentary that is destined for ﬁlm festivals around the globe. It’s also an opportunity for Simon to show off his home town and a region that he loves dearly, to the world. Simon acted as the producer, director, and camera operator for 40 Winters. This will be the second ﬁlm that he will have directed and produced.