Women Adventure Film Tour
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Women’s Adventure Film Tour

April 09, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

An exhilarating evening of short films featuring women doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure.

21/22 Hop Film

Women's Adventure Film Tour 2021/2022 Trailer

Every year, the selection of unique films is carefully chosen to show women achieving their adventure goals. However, being adventurous doesn't always have to mean being the fastest, going the highest or doing the most extreme things. Adventure for most of us is just stepping outside our comfort zones and climbing our own personal Mt. Everest. The films showcase real stories about women from a variety of cultures and sports around the world. Each year, the selection strives to deliver singular stories from around the world, with a keen eye toward expanding global awareness of the further need for diversity, equity and inclusion.

This year's tour program includes seven diverse short films in a ~2 hour program, featuring women of all ages and abilities; there's Australian Olympic champion Torah Bright, ultra trail-running champion Lucy Bartholomew, mountain biker climbers, tween skiers and more!

15 minutes
Protagonist: Lucy Bartholomew
Director: Bryan Hynes
Country: Australia

This new documentary tells the story of Salomon Ultra Runner Lucy Bartholomew as she runs the the 231km Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory Australia. From Lucy's early beginnings at 15 into the sport, the film looks behind the curtain into the raw and upfront realities of ultra running and the undertaking of a project on this scale. Running Out shines a light on going beyond limits, the value of community, showcasing some of the most beautiful landscapes of central Australia.

12 minutes
Protagonists: Anna Romanov, Kat Horton
Director: Sara Ehrlich
Country: Australia

Meet Anna, Kat and a group of inspiring women as they take part in one of Australia's first big 'all women' highline gatherings. We witness their struggles as they confront and conquer their fears in high winds, pushing themselves to the limit. The film gives an insight into the unique world of highlining – exploring the close Sydney community, physical and psychological components and misconceptions of the sport. It delves into how the world of outdoor adventure sport has transformed for women over the years and the deeper and more personal motivations for chasing this adventurous 'life on the line'.


10 minutes
Protagonists: Various
Director: Molly Stark-Ragsdale
Country: United States

Like a Girl follows a group of five girls (ages 9-15) as they navigate ski slopes, mountain bike trails, whitewater, and the growing pains of youth. While the traditionally male-dominated world of outdoor sports tends to focus on expertise at its extreme, these girls get to the heart of why we find the world of outdoor sports so appealing in the first place.


5 minutes 
Protagonist: Margaux Elliott
Director: Satchel Cronk
Country: United States

In 2020, Margaux Elliott became the first woman to climb one million vertical feet in a year on a mountain bike, while working full-time. In a year filled with an exceedingly high rate of plot twists and unexpected circumstances, this is the equivalent of "Everesting" more than 34 times or riding the complete Tour de France route (on dirt) every other month. Here, Margaux discusses how she came up with the idea, how this goal has challenged and changed her personally, and how she is using this feat to inspire others to find and achieve their own big goals.


Approx 16 minutes 
Protagonist: Lauren Tischendorf
Director: Lauren Tischendorf & Adam Dostalek
Country: Australia

​​The winner of the Salomon and Suunto Film Grant, Lauren Tischendorf shares how she recently become the first woman to swim in a solo, single session, circumnavigating the 32 km's around Lord Howe Island facing countless sharks, two hours of currents, 25-knot winds, and 2.5 meter swell. You know, just a swim. This heart-warming, thought-provoking film hopes to encourage young girls and women to be bold and to work together, inspiring them to step beyond their personal and societal boundaries. 


8 minutes 
Protagonist: Josh Hundermark
Director: Andrea Kacev
Country: South Africa

A short documentary on the story of Andrea Kaćev, a downhill skater in Cape Town who had a horrific accident at an early age and yet persists in her determination to live life to the fullest.


43 minutes
Protagonist: Torah Bright
Director: Caspar Mazzotti
Country: Antarctica, United States

Mountains tower above the plains and dominate the skyline. Critical to life – they fill our rivers, sway the weather and provide sanctuary to incredibly diverse wildlife. They are as beautiful as they are dangerous – and for a brave few, they are the source of incredible adventure.

Follow Olympian Torah Bright as she journeys through the world's longest chain of mountain ranges, extending from Antarctica all the way to Alaska. Along the journey, Torah will ride with backcountry legend Jeremy Jones and freeskiing superstar Sammy Carlson. Together, they will encounter penguins, polar bears and other wildlife, and meet with scientists and environmentalists to uncover a deeper understanding of our mountain ecosystems.


4 mins
Director: Becky Gardner
Country: USA

Racing bikes can be competitive, but it's nothing compared to a fierce rivalry between siblings. Racing lasts a day, weekend or season at most, while sibling rivalry lasts a lifetime. Rivalry ensures that no matter how hard you push it or what you achieve, there's always somebody at the finish line with a scheme to one-up you and claim superiority. In a world of sibling rivalry, your time is never fast enough, nor will you ever air far enough. The goal is to remain friends at the end of the day, but even that isn't a hard rule and exceptions are made when a win is on the line. Ryan and Becky Gardner are no strangers to some friendly competition, as their sibling rivalry pushes them to ride faster and achieve more both on and off the bike. No matter the sport or challenge, no one is safe when a full-on Gardner vs. Gardner competition unfolds. 

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