Adventure Minnesota Films

Among the Wild Film Project
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Photos by Seth Iverson Photography

The Among the Wild Film Project

Among the Wild is an independent short film series designed to showcase wilderness, outdoor adventure in Minnesota and to inspire athletes everywhere. The series will profile local athletes in fierce pursuit of uniquely Minnesotan outdoor adventure.

Among the Wild is a passion project, created and produced by a group of individuals that have a deep appreciation for adventure and wilderness sports. Film crews include creative professionals that are passionate about the outdoors. Also, in effort to support other local artists, all music used in the films is produced by Minnesota musicians.

Adventure Minnesota Films and the Among the Wild film project were born in June 2011. It began as a vision and quickly became a reality. To launch the project, nominations were accepted for athletes to profile and $15,000 was raised through an initial Kickstarter campaign. Athletes were chosen for inclusion into the project based on their location, story, and passion for their pursuit. In September 2012, we announced the four athletes to be profiled: Bonnie Moebeck for endurance sports, Jeff Engel for rock climbing, the Red Danglers for whitewater kayaking and Justin Bakken for adventure racing.

At this time, we have completed two films, The Arrowhead 135, featuring Bonnie Moebeck, John Storkamp and Mark Scotch and Jeff's World, featuring Jeff Engel, Tyler Hoffart and Sean Foster. The Arrowhead 135 was filmed in January 2013 and is available for purchase or rent online at Vimeo on Demand. Jeff's World was filmed in fall 2016 and is also available for purchase or rent online at Vimeo on Demand beginning on 2/14/18.


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Other brands, businesses and organizations that have supported the Among the Wild film project through donations:

Arc'teryx Minneapolis Store, Patagonia, Explore Minnesota Tourism, The Gear Junkie, John Reamer of Ameriprise Financial, Midwest Mountaineering, Thrive Adventures, Hardwater Sports, The Ski Hut, Sustainable Ely, Cold Avenger, Head-O-Lake Resort, Voyageur Outward Bound School, Rocksteady Running, Wild Adventure Race, AdventureHER, Bikram Yoga – St. Paul, Bravely Be, Ethnotekbags, The Hub Bike Shop, Key Log Rolling, Mandatory Gear, Minnesota Climbers Association (MCA), Minnesota Orienteering Club (MNOC), Minneapolis By Bike, Send in Maureen, Tracy’s Restaurant, Vertical Endeavors, Women’s Pathways to Health, Xelias Aerial Arts, Blue Yodel #9 and The Maybes.

The film crew and talent take a moment to pose during the filming of Jeff's World. Photo by Seth Iverson Photography

Our Mission

Our mission is to ignite passions and advocate for outdoor adventure lifestyles through inspiring tales of athletes in fierce pursuit of their sport among the wild landscapes of Minnesota. The Among the Wild film project was created to inspire athletes, unite the adventure community and make a positive impact on our world at-large.

Current Status

Adventure Minnesota Films is currently applying to become a non-profit organization. Among the Wild is our passion project and we partner with the community to make our films possible. The project is driven by those commited to active and outdoor lifestyles and financed through grants and sponsorships.

Current Phase of Production

We are currently in pre-production for a short film featuring Waterway Jay.

Project Milestones

February 14, 2018 Jeff's World available at Vimeo on Demand
Novemeber, 2017 Jeff's World wins First Place Documentary at the Highway 61 Film Festival
September, 2017 Public release of Jeff's World and Regional Film Tour
May 18, 2017 SOLD OUT pre-release screening of Jeff's World
March 15, 2015 Arrowhead 135 screens at the SHAFF Adventure Film Festival in England
March 5, 2015 SOLD OUT screening at the Lagoon Theater in Minneapolis hosted in partnership with the Arc'teryx Minneapolis Store
Winter 2014-2015 Statewide film tour with 5 SOLD OUT screenings
Winter 2014-2015 The Arrowhead 135 is the official selection of 7 film festivals
October 25, 2014 SOLD OUT World Premiere at Cowles Auditorium in Minneapolis, MN
August 2014 Completed The Arrowhead 135 film
January 2013 Filmed the Arrowhead 135 winter ultra race
September 2012 Announced athletes to be profiled in the film series: Bonnie Moebeck, Jeff Engel, The Red Danglers and Justin Baaken
August-September 2012 Raised $15,000 in personal donations through Kickstarter and the Among the Wild Fundraiser
Spring 2012 Accepted and received 21 nominations for athletes to profile
December 2011 The Among the Wild website went live
August 2011 Filmed the original teaser to promote the project
June 4, 2011 Adventure Minnesota Films was born!

The Original Teaser

The Among the Wild film project began as an idea. To bring the project to life, we created this original teaser to help seek nominations for athletes, connect with our audience, and build partnerships across the adventure community. Filmed in one long and exhaustingly amazing weekend, the idea became reality and the project sprang into life. Like a first love, this original teaser will always be one of our most cherished darlings.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to lifting Adventure Minnesota Films off the ground.