The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia
Jedidiah Jenkins quit a job that he loved to ride his bicycle from Oregon to the southern tip of Patagonia. Friend and filmmaker Kenny Laubbacher joined him for a month and a half to pose the question: Why? Jenkins’ poignant answers are woven together with sun-soaked travel footage and shots of life on the move in this short film about shattering routines, staying open hearted and keeping the flames of inspiration not just burning, but raging. The Thousand Year Journey is a paean to travel, adventure and, as Jenkins puts it, “turning your 100 years on this planet into 1,000.”
The Man Behind the Mask
Mike Libecki is the consummate adventurer — a lone wolf who has traveled from Borneo to Venezuela, Afghanistan and Antarctica in search of unclimbed routes, unskied lines, unbagged peaks and untouched pockets of the world. He's also a colorful character who dons Chinese masks while climbing, films himself incessantly and has a healthy fascination of modern-day mysteries.
Ticking off expeditions at an astonishing rate and with an ambition that doesn’t ebb, he shows no sign of slowing. But he does have a new travel companion: his young daughter. This new work in progress by Sender Films shines a light on a quirky climber who has somehow remained on the fringe of the adventure world’s conscience.
Les Voyageurs Sans Trace
Although Everest still beckoned, the Earth’s poles had been visited and the golden age of exploration was in its twilight by 1938. That year, three young adventurers from Paris decided to float the Colorado River in the wake of John Wesley Powell’s famed expedition. In doing so, newlyweds Bernard and Genevieve de Colmont and their friend Antoine de Seynes became the first to kayak the Green and Colorado rivers, pioneering a new age of adventure travel (although they could not have known it).
Seventy-five years later, American Ian McCluskey stumbled upon a plaque in Wyoming commemorating the French expedition. Intrigued, he decided to learn more about the adventurers, and after finding their journals, photographs and 16mm film (some of the first-ever color film) he decided to retrace their route.
Les Voyageurs Sans Trace tells the story of parallel river trips. Between 1938 and 2012 much changed on the river. And much remains the same, including wild unknowns, overwhelming beauty and explorers documenting their journeys.