Fifty is a short film about a long run. The documentary follows an amateur runner (Erick Thompson) as he tackles his first ultra marathon in the mountains. The 50-mile (80km) course runs along an ancient Indigenous pathway and is part of the historic HBC fur brigade route. In 2017, Mountain Madness, the organizers of the Fat Dog 120, created the Brigade Trail Race along this route. The race was on hiatus in 2019 when we shot the documentary, so we recruited some friends to set up aid stations. They also crewed the film. The trail crew included Chris Stenberg, Jon Wilson, Richard Sullivan, Wells Gaetz, Brandyn Steele, Grant Stevely and Tarynn Liv Parker.
Matt Fortuna joined the run and helped ensure the success of the project. We also had valuable coaching advice from Louise Blais, Andrew Dingwall, Gary Robbins and Eric Carter. Thank you to our stellar crew and supporters for making this project possible. Special thanks to Similkameen Valley Planning Society, Mike Stohler and Hüma. Fifty is an official selection of the Toronto Short Film Festival. The film will be online later in 2020.