Directed by Kelly Milner
Canada, 2016, 28 minutes
Mountain Bike Show
Sat Feb 11 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP
In 2006, the Carcross Tagish First Nation introduced a program to connect its youth to their culture and the land. Singletrack to Success capitalizes on the vast network of overgrown trails running through the mountains around their tiny community. They brought in trail-building experts and elders who remembered the old trails, and hired local kids to be on the trail crew.
Over the past 10 years, the crew has refurbished or built almost 100 kilometres of mountain bike trails on Montana Mountain above Carcross. The trail crew now boasts master builders whose talents are recognized far and wide – Outside Magazine listed Carcross as the top new North American mountain biking destination in 2013.
Getting the community to buy into the program hasn't always been easy. Change is hard and the influx of visitors to the tiny town has taken some getting used to. But for the local youth, Singletrack to Success has been an enormous boost and is helping revitalize the small community’s economy. Carcross is now an internationally recognized mountain biking destination that sees thousands of visitors each year. And the kids are the ones who made it happen.
Director: Kelly Milner
Kelly has a journalism degree from Carleton University and worked briefly in the northern television industry before pursuing a Masters in Resource Management.
For the past 15 years she worked in the field of land claims implementation across Canada's North. In 2015, she decided to get back to her storytelling roots and founded her own media production company - Shot in the Dark Productions. SHIFT is her first film and it brings together her experience working with First Nation communities with her unique Northern storytelling perspective. SHIFT is her first film project.