Common Ground: A Film Series, Expert Panel and Dialogue on Diversity

Tickets for Common Ground with T. Morgan Dixon and James Q. Martin, Nov 2. at 7:00 PM, are available here

Spend an evening with Morgan Dixon, CEO of GirlTrek, a game-changing health organization and James Q Martin, an award-winning filmmaker, two powerful leaders in the outdoor industry who became friends at last year’s Shift Conference. Since meeting, Morgan and Q have spent a year in conversation about their differences, blind spots and the urgency of collaboration to do real work to protect the sacred lands of both their grandparents who were sharecroppers and fisherman respectively. 

Join these two friends—who admittedly hate diversity panels but love fighting for the planet together—as they learn from a Black mountaineer, a Korean surfer, and a Native American spiritual leader who understand that that it’s going to take all of us working our hardest to save our planet and protect public lands.  

Their hope is to present and enjoy beautiful films of people with different backgrounds who decided to take action. They will engage the audience and stars of the films in a conversation about what’s next. 

Girltrek is a 2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection. Preceding the film program, we will recognize the most innovative, impactful, replicable work in the country that is leveraging outdoor recreation for conservation gains with The 2017 SHIFT Awards.


Flint Water Crisis // Home

Director: Sarah Rinaldi | Narration: J.K. Simmons | Run time: 6:00 minutes

A short documentary narrated by J.K. Simmons about the Flint Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Chip Thomas: The Incredible Navajo Reservation Art of Jetsonorama

Producer: Rebecca Simpson Steele | Run time: 3:11 minutes

Using blown-up photographs and homemade wheat paste, Dr. Chip Thomas shares his way of healing off the clock in Arizona’s Navajo reservation.

An American Ascent

Producers/Directors: George Potter & Andy Adkins | Run time: 6:30 minutes

In person: Scott Briscoe

AN AMERICAN ASCENT is a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali.

In only a few decades the United States will become a majority-minority nation, as people of color will outnumber today’s white majority for the first time ever. Yet, a staggering number of people in this soon-to-be majority do not consider the outdoors as a place for them. By taking on the grueling, 20,310 foot peak of the continent’s biggest mountain, nine African-American climbers set out to shrink this Adventure Gap by building a legacy of inclusion in the outdoor/adventure community.

The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the worlds most iconic peaks.

The Cowboy and the The Climber

Producer/Director: James ‘Q’ Martin Run time: 1:38

Trailer Premiere. In person: James Q Martin

Director and Co-Star James ‘Q’ Martin provides a sneak preview of his upcoming film, The Cowboy and the Climber, which follows him and rancher Matt Redd as they participate in the gritty realities of each other’s world with first-hand experiences. The film and multimedia created from the project will be used to entertain and educate a wide range of audiences on the realities of conservation, climbing, and ranching in one of the most iconic climbing areas in the world: Indian Creek. 

An Interview with Jonah Yellowman

Producer/Director: Alisha Anderson | Run time: 2:25 minutes

In person: Alisha Anderson

2017 Utah Diné Bikéyah Bears Ears Artist-in-Residence Alisha Anderson looks at America’s newest national monument through an extraordinary lens, the clarity of which will make you think of Bears Ears in startling new terms.

Project Diversify Outdoors

Producer: Byrds Eye Studio | Run time: 2:00 minutes

In person: Danielle Williams

Project Diversify is a video collaboration between Danielle Williams from Melanin Base Camp and Bethany Lebewitz from Brown Girls Climb that seeks to increase the visibility of women of color in adventure sports. The genesis of the project was their concern about the invisibility of adventure athletes of color—especially women. Rarely do women of color have the opportunity to tell their own stories, yet visual storytelling is critical to identity and participation in the outdoors. As Williams notes, “Images are powerful. They influence the stories we tell about ourselves and the people we aspire to become. Project Diversify is our story.”

This Woman Is On A Mission To Diversify Our Public Lands

Producer: Joanie Tobin Run time: 1:56

World Premiere. In person: Ambreen Tariq

Only 22% of visitors to U.S. national parks are people of color. Ambreen Tariq is on a mission to change that.






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