Professional mountain biker and artist Micayla Gatto recreates in her paintings the sweeping vistas of ridgelines she rides on her bike. Both cornering berms and putting paintbrush to canvas allow Gatto to achieve that magical flow state where she exists completely and happily in the present moment. Intersection takes us inside the vibrant space where artist and athlete collide, as Gatto pedals through her artwork with a splash of color.
After years of plotting, New Zealand Olympian Mike Dawson sets out to run the Rondu Gorge section of the Indus with Spanish kayak champion Aniol Serrasolses and Irish filmmaker Ciarán Heurteau. The trio navigates riffles and rapids, and exchange high-fives with local villagers. But rockslides block their support team, the gorge becomes steeper, the portages longer and Dawson has a brush with death as he is sucked into a hole. Inside the Indus chronicles an epic eight-day mission down a section of one of Asia’s longest and most unforgiving rivers.
Given the popularity and prevalence of mountain biking these days, it’s hard to believe that it was little more than 20 years ago that a few crazy Canadians began the freeriding version of the sport. The radical freeriding version, that is. Or, as one rider in the film describes it: “Crazy steep downhill that can break your neck, break your back and break your arms.” And he wasn’t even talking about the freeriding lunacy involving trestles and trannys, teeter-totters and toppled trees in the North Shore forest of British Columbia. The Moment offers a banquet of moments from those early, heady, bone- breaky days.