We were stoked to be invited to participate in the Wasatch Mountain Film Festival. Hellbender in the Blue has been so much fun to work on, and we are so happy to share it with more and more people!!! We were not able to be present for the festival, but we did participate virtually and had some fun while we were at it!
The Wasatch Mountain Film Festival is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a joy to attend virtually, and there were so many great filmmakers and films being showcased. The festival is all about highlighting films that bring mountain culture and arts together in our vibrant community, and make it available to everyone. What does that have to do with hellbenders? Well, those cute snot otters are found throughout the Appalachian waterways, so we were truly honored to have our film be a part of this festival.
Virtual Block 3. There were 16 films in our block. It was super exciting to see other works surrounding mountain culture and the desire to share history and make this earth a better, safer place for all.
One of the films that we enjoyed from the block was Distant Dharma a short film about endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch's journey riding a fat bike 350 miles across the frozen Alaskan wilderness. We are big believers that extreme distance racing and documentary production both require tenacity and love seeing it represented on screen. If you haven't had the pleasure of watching it, we recommend you check it out.
It was amazing to see our film being shared with people from around the globe. Telling the best story for hellbenders and getting more people informed were our biggest goals, and we could not have accomplished those goals without help and support, so thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way!