Patagonia Donates and Employees Support ONDA’s Wild and Scenic Film Fest!

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Although my co-workers and I had locked up the Patagonia@Bend shop for the night and headed over to the ONDA’s (Oregon Natural Desert Association) Wild and Scenic Film Fest, it felt as though we never left the office. Looking around the Old Stone Church were the festival was hosted, nearly all the participants sported the typical Bend wardrobe- Patagonia gear. This made me feel proud to sit with my co-workers, Mary, Camara, and Leslie and support a good cause. When Cory Harlan, an ecologist and one of the event organizers welcomed us, we thanked her profusely for the tickets she had supplied and eagerly awaited the show.

Among the ten films shown, there was something for everyone. Three stories of human impact on wild places (Public Lands, Private Profits: Too special to Drill, Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands, and One Beach), two animation based pieces (The Story of Change and Song of the Spindle), one produced by ONDA tracking the Oregon Desert Trail (Sage Steppes: 800 miles on the Oregon Desert Trail), and a winter white-water flick (Seasons Winter). The two snow sport films (The Denali Experiment and Unicorn Sashimi) and the climbing piece (The Gimp Monkeys) were personal favorites.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Denali Experiment and Unicorn Sashimi were favorites for juxtaposing reasons. I gravitated toward the banter that accompanies extreme goals such as climbing, sking and boarding Denali. While Sage Cattabriga (a Bend based free ride skier) spoke of wetting himself, Lucas DeBari (a Glacier, WA native and half pipe rider turned back country), through a haze of altitude sickness rattled off lines like “I feel like a 60 year old chain smoker”, laughter and applause shook the Old Stone Church. Accounts of the ski season in Japan were just as compelling although documented with a backdrop of images and audio from traditional Japanees drumming. The ambiance in both were compelling for different reasons. Finally, inspiration was rampant watching images of the first all-disabled accent of Yosemite’s El Cap in The Gimp Monkeys. Having just visited Yosemite weeks earlier to document The Rim Fire, preservation of this somewhat wild and undisputedly scenic place was fresh in my mind. Lines by Pete Davis (born without an arm) like “the right attitude and one arm will beat the wrong attitude and two arms any day” shook me to the core. These films seemed a good way to transition from fall climbing to the impending ski and boarding months, especially with powder already blanketing Bachelor…


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