Fifty Film Trailer

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 HümaFifty is an official selection of the Toronto Short Film Festival. The film will be online later in 2020.

Map: Hope Mountain Centre

HBC Heritage Trail Documentary

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2016

2016

We’re producing a short documentary about the Hudson’s Bay Heritage Trail. To fund this independent project, we’ve launched a GoFundMe Campaign. Check out the story in the Penticton Herald. By sharing this story, we hope to encourage others to help protect and preserve this historic trail. The film will be submitted to a number of film festivals and then shared via social media.

The HBC Trail was completed in 1849. Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trail played a key role in British Columbia’s early development. Since 2009, significant progress has been made in re-opening this historic fur trail over the Cascades. Hikers and horseback riders can now enjoy a continuous wilderness trail that spans 74-kms, between Hope and Tulameen.

Harley Hatfield and Victor Wilson travelled the HBC Heritage Trail in 1971. Both men were prominent Naramata residents and were well known throughout the Okanagan Valley. In the Okanagan Historical Society’s Report for 1972, Harley wrote about the trail, and Victor included his journal. Victor Wilson was filmmaker Sandy Wilson’s father. He owned Paradise Ranch at the end of Naramata Rd.

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Erick HBC Trail 2016