Have you all seen Outdoor Research’s short film “Where the Wild Things Play”?
The film was directed and produced by Krystle Wright and was a homage to all the adventurous, badass, outdoors ladies on the playing field. There was criticism about it lacking women of color, which I definitely feel is important to acknowledge, but ultimately it was a rad film with some dope music (who doesn’t like CAKE?) sprinkled with OR’s unwavering delightful sense of humor. Thanks, OR.
How many short films have you watched like this one? How many have you watched where the athlete being highlighted was a woman? Me too. I’ve seen a few, certainly. But by and far the outdoor industry has been lacking more female representation in the outdoors for a long time–this is changing.
“Why not ‘Woman’s Land Film Festival’? Are you not inclusive? Do you not want men to come to your film festival?” a friend recently asked me.
Já! Oui! Ano! Ndiyo! Sí! так! Jah! 예! YES!
YES, we are inclusive! YES, we want men to come to our events! We invite all human beings to our events. I personally feel like the conversations we are having today would be exceptionally hard to have without the presence of both men and women. No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is not a “Girls Only” club; we simply strive to feature women athletes and adventurers in our films.
The name of the film festival is crafty and invokes a sense of unknown adventure into wild, uninhabited lands and also encompasses a powerful, female mission.
NMLFF is a collaboration and celebration of men and women who are deeply engaged in enhancing female presence in the adventure arena. Our goal is to connect like-minded individuals who are action-oriented, wish to support a shared vision of gender equality, have a desire to experience their passions and environments through a uniquely female lens, and above all, love adventure.
We are a little more than one month out from our Flagship Festival event, which will be held in sunny Carbondale, Colorado. Mark your calendar for September 15th through17th for a three-day festival filled with amazing guest panel speakers, gallery art walks, a dance performance, meet ups, a Pitchfest event, never before seen screenings of our 2017-2018 program, and so much more!
We want to lead the charge in continuing a conversation that leads to more progress. Every voice matters. Progress is the kind of thing we don’t necessarily see until it’s complete. It’s not like watching a puppy grow or starting a new chapter in a book. The page is always so clearly marked. Change doesn’t work that way, though; it isn’t tangible. It’s a perception. A knowledge. A different mind frame. Conscious change can be harder than climbing mountains.
If you can’t join us for our Flagship festival event this September, please consider a small donation! Every little bit counts and we greatly appreciate it. Merci, beaucoup!