An unlikely environmentalist, Bryan Wells, finds himself standing between Yellowstone National Park and an industrial-scale gold mine. The proposed mine sits just above his home, and not only threatens America’s most iconic National Park, but his community’s way of life.
Erik’s first film, The Hard Way, about 89-year-old ultra-runner Bob Hayes, premiered at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2016. It also screened at Telluride Mountainfilm, 5-Point Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and many others around the world. He was selected to attend the Banff Adventure Filmmakers Workshop in 2017. His second film, The Ride, about the equine sport of skijoring, also premiered at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2018. Erik lives in Montana with his wife and two sons, a dozen chickens and a bird dog.
“Kirk Rasmussen is a documentary videographer and photographer specializing in expedition cinematography. Currently Senior Video Producer for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Wyoming, as well as founder of Topographic Media. His passion for open places and open people has been a constant guide in his work. Rasmussen has directed projects in Nepal, Chile, Italy, Alaska, and the American West for organizations such as Sierra Club, PBS, NASA, American Express and the Wharton Business School. In 2017, Rasmussen participated in the Banff Adventure Film Festival Adventure Workshop and screened the documentary short, Sourdough, in 12 independent festivals including 1st Place and Audience Choice at Michigan Filmmakers Festival.”