Darcy Hennessey Turenne

While completing an MA in Intercultural Communications at Royal Roads University, Darcy purchased a video camera and quickly found her passion for storytelling and visual arts.

Since then, Darcy has written and directed short films, commercials, and music videos for clients ranging from Coca Cola to Patagonia to Jive Records. Her first feature film — an environmental snowboard documentary featuring David Suzuki called “The Little Things” — won a host of awards including the Best Environmental Film at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Fest, the prestigious “Cold Smoke Award”, and was picked up for the Banff World Tour. Her latest film, “Jackieland”, was accepted to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and her latest commercial for UBC Studios recently won a Platinum Hermes Creative award.

Her filming has brought her to Mongolia, India, Bolivia, Indonesia, Rwanda, The Republic of Georgia, Austria, Italy, Nicaragua, Kenya, Cambodia, Turkey, and Qatar and many other exotic locals — both near and far. Known internationally from her past career as a professional mountain biker, she has been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide, including Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal.


Thursday February 15th, 7:15pm, Centennial Theatre

For every minute of footage seen in a documentary, there are usually at least 30 minutes left behind — lost forever on the edit room floor. However, on February 15th, director Darcy Hennessey Turenne will be un-Earthing the stories and influential characters that did not make it into the final cut of her groundbreaking film “The Moment” about the birth of freeride mountain biking. Did you know there were originally 5 FroRiders? What kind of behind-the-scenes adventures did Brett Tippie get up to in the early days? These, questions, plus many more will be answered in her retrospective on the lesser known stories and characters that led to the birth of freeride mountain biking.

After her presentation, freeride pioneers and stars of the film Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie and Elladee Brown will join Darcy on stage for more conversation and inside scoop about how they changed the direction of mountain biking forever.

Finding Story Within The Chaos

Sunday February 11th, 3pm, Centennial Theatre

A discussion on the techniques used to emotionally draw in your viewers. This discussion will focus on the more nuanced techniques stemming from basic film theories, and how they can all work together to create a powerful story, with and without the use of words.