In January 2017, the USA Men’s Rafting Team set their sights on making history by attempting to break a legendary speed record down 277 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Their goal was 34 hours. 34 hours…straight.
Throughout 2016, we sporadically followed these scrappy, determined guys on their quest…training hard, designing their custom boat, and gaining perspective on what it means to attempt something extraordinary on one of the world’s most breathtaking stages.
The film is a collaboration with Forest Woodward and Brendan Leonard….and would not have been possible without their important contributions of images, words, guidance, energy, feedback, and Yelp-worthy restaurant knowledge.
The film was supported by Chacos Footwear in association with REI + YETI + NRS + Jack’s Plastic Welding + Cataract Oars.
edit + motion graphics + sound design // jordan ingram …*insert emoji praise hands here…actually, I guess I can do it…. 🙌…haha, thanks for following the bubble line through many rapids…into the witching hour and beyond. your patience + skill took this film to the next level.
camera + audio // shawn tyler *thanks for the hustle + muddy magic
timelapse // andrew geraci (district 7 media) *chaser of shadow stallions – thanks for everything.
local footage + additional timelapse // robert prechtl *the mortar between the bricks. that vacuum/guitar shot was a tiny miracle.
production assistance + additional audio // kyle king
additional footage // harlan taney, jordan ingram, doug woodward
additional audio mixing // dave swanson (legend studios)
aerials // tommy + elizabeth wessel (above view images)
permitting + consulting + river support // 4 corner films – Hualapai Tribe – Grand Canyon Resort Corporation – The Navajo Nation – BLM – Dept. of the Interior – National Parks Service – Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands…oh yeah, and Officer D. Gagna of the Arizona Highway Patrol *thanks for not giving us a speeding ticket 🙂
music // marmosetmusic.com (see credits for tracklist)
camera support // lensprotogo.com
support from // OMEAL – Honey Stinger – Big Agnes – Black Diamond – Sawyer – Smartwool – Suunto – Goat Training – Ripple Effect – Lakota Guides – Grayl
special thanks // backbone media – andy baxter – brian dierker – kevin fedarko – josh weichhand – lindsay kurt-mason
special thanks and HUGE RESPECT to the USA MEN’S RAFTING TEAM + their families // Seth Mason – John Mark Seelig – Kurt Kincel – Ian Anderson – Matt Norfleet – Robert Prechtl – Jeremiah Williams – Marty Borges