Inspire Friday Issue No. 2

Ice-climbing in Michigan, an inspired new Netflix docuseries, stunning bird photography, the artists behind the Black Lives Matter movement, Ryan Reynolds and more…

Climbing frozen waterfalls in Pictured Rocks. In this next episode of our short-form film series America’s Treasures: National Parks, mountaineer Conrad Anker takes us along for the ride as he climbs a frozen waterfall in the stunning Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a hidden natural wonder located on Lake Superior in northern Michigan. With temperatures dropping as low as -35 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, this frozen land of snow and ice is like stepping into a fairy tale. Make friends with your inner adventurer and watch now.

Nightvision goggles not needed. Ever wonder what animals do when the sun goes down? The new six-part docuseries Night on Earth from Netflix gives a tantalizing glimpse. Using new low-light camera technology, the filmmakers document an array of species and their nocturnal behaviors in habitats from the African Savanna to the Peruvian desert. A unique new addition to the nature doc canon perfect for family viewing. Watch the trailer here.

The artists behind the art. Social media has been one of the main platforms for raising awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement – but who’s behind the trending artwork? Meet the artists behind the powerful artwork being shared across social media.

Grand prize winner: Double-crested Cormorant by Joanna Lentini
, Los Islotes, Mexico

Fantastical birds. This year’s 2020 Audubon Photography Awards brought in more than 6,000 entries from all over the world, and their vivid colors and unique behaviors simply amaze. This may be the balm we need in these stressful times. Enjoy images by other winners here.

Big news for National Parks. In a historic victory for conservationists this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill that will provide billions of dollars to fund much-needed infrastructure repairs in our National Parks and fix crumbling roads, visitor centers, trails and water systems, and also conserve vulnerable lands. The bill is now headed to the White House where President Trump is expected to sign it into law. Way to go, Uncle Sam. Read more about what this means here.

Make Ryan pay! Canadian-born actor Ryan Reynolds is known for his humorous online campaigns and generous support of various causes. This month, he is supporting Pacific Wild and its efforts to protect British Columbia’s pristine Great Bear Rainforest (a subject dear to our hearts after our release last year of Great Bear Rainforest from filmmaker Ian McAllister, which Reynolds narrates). Reynolds pledged to match all donations up to $50,000 – which have since been matched! To learn more and have your donation doubled, visit here.

Free and easy we go. Back in 1966, our company founders, Jim Freeman (far left) and Greg MacGillivray (second from left) dropped out of college for a year to make a documentary about surfing in South America and Hawaii. In Argentina, they made a deal with a local (second from right) whose truck was just large enough for their cameras, tripods, surfboards, and three friends to get around in search of good waves and film-able adventures. Free and Easy came out a year later and marked the first film Greg and Jim worked on together. “Jim and I learned so much about filmmaking from each other on that five-month trip that by the time we had finished shooting in Hawaii, the South American footage was nowhere near as good or as entertaining, so we never used it in the film,” shares Greg. “Our time in South America was like film school on steroids. Intense, fun, and an adventure into the unknown.”


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