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Catch These Athlete-Made Outdoor Sport Films at ‘Picture Family Film Fest’

What do Idaho, Colorado, Utah, the Pacific Northwest, Sweden, and the Arctic Circle all have in common? They offer adventure.

Picture Clothing wants to celebrate all the exploration of the past year with a five-feature film festival. The Family Film Fest is a collection of films created by Picture athletes, filmed everywhere from the American West to Europe to the Arctic Circle.

Each of the films exudes an element of comfort — something soothing, calming, heartfelt — whether it’s the slow-mo pow shot or the recognition of a trail near home. Given these films were all created during a global pandemic, one theme of this film fest is “home exploration.”

Here’s a sneak peek at each film trailer and what we’re most excited about.

Five Films at Picture Family Film Fest



Synopsis: This film traces Sander Hadley’s journey as a pro skier, the ups and downs of the industry, dealing with his father’s death, and eventually finding happiness in the simplicity of living life closer to the land at home in Idaho.

Skiers featured: Sander Hadley, Erin Spong, and Bo Ferro

Runtime: 10 minutes

‘The Arctic 12’

Synopsis: In April 2021, a team composed of two couples — a pair of professional big mountain skiers and two IFMGA guides — set out on a 415km traverse above the Arctic Circle. Starting from their home in Sweden, they climbed, up, up, and up in one epic, human-powered go.

Skiers featured: Jackie Paaso, Erin Smart, Reine Barkered, and Benjamin Ribeyre

Runtime: 60 minutes

‘Southwest Scramble’

Synopsis: After a trying winter filled with a pandemic, avalanches, injuries, and ideas that just didn’t work, skier Cody Cirillo wanted to get away from it all. So he took to a bike-to-ski adventure, starting from home in Colorado and heading into Utah.

Athlete featured: Cody Cirillo

Runtime: ~10 minutes

‘Island Day’

Synopsis: This film is about those essential rest days amid days of structure, obligation, and commitment. One nurse in Washington finds his balance, and gives you a look at his time between.

Athletes featured: David Kercheval, Brooklyn Bell

Runtime: 6 minutes

‘Home Lines’

Synopsis: Featuring the Picture staff, and produced by Picture, this film is all about searching for adventure in your own backyard. (In this case, Picture’s own backyard is Sweden.)

Skiers featured: Léo Taillefer, Coline Ballet-Baz, Jackie Paaso, Aurel Lardy, David Malacrida, Pierre Cadeau, Jake Holland, Clement Robert

Runtime: 33 minutes

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Where to Watch on Tour

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(Photo/Martin Olson)

Picture will also be showing its festival films in person at select retailer stops through October and November 2021. A world premiere screening will take place in Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.

Tour locations and dates:

  • Oct. 15: Mt. Baker Theater in Bellingham, WA, TBD
  • Oct. 20: Battery 621 in Denver, CO, 6-10 p.m. (world premiere)
  • Oct. 27: Outer Range Brewery in Frisco, CO, 4-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 3: Jim Dandy Brewing Company in Pocatello, ID, 6:30-10 p.m.
  • Nov. 3: U.S. Outdoor Store in Portland, OR, TBD
  • Nov. 12: Ski Haus in Salem, NH, 4-8 p.m.
  • Nov. 19: Ski Haus in Framingham, MA, 4-8 p.m.

Note: Signup links for each of these events are still forthcoming. Once live, you can find them on the Picture Family Film Fest website. The films will also be available virtually, so you also have the option to enjoy the film festival from the comfort of your own home.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.