“Mountains in Motion” Set to Hit the Big Screen in Banff

Back in November 2011, I posted an update from Pokhara, Nepal, about the trailer release for a film I was working on called Mountains in Motion: The Canadian RockiesFor a year and a half I had the pleasure of working alongside my husband (and photographer), Paul Zizka; “creative genius,” Doug Urquhart; and an inspiring team of artists and contributors to create a 13 minute time-lapse film that we completed in August 2012.

Never having written for the screen before, this project presented some interesting challenges to me as a writer. But, our team had a goal in mind: to screen the film at the 2012 Banff Mountain Film Festival (BMFF). And this past month we learned that we were accepted to this festival and are opening up the November 3 film screenings! To date, the film has also been accepted to the Dixie Film Festival (in Athens, Georgia), where it won “Best Cinematogaphy,” the Atlanta Shortsfest, where it won “Best Documentary” and the Asheville Cinema Festival, which runs the same weekend as the BMFF.

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies is not your traditional time-lapse film. Our goal was to push the limits of this form of photography and include a storyline. Coordinating the text with the images and music was one of the hardest creative projects I have ever worked on, particularly since our team was working in two different countries, but the final product has made it well worth all of our efforts.

If you’ll be in Banff for the festival, check out the film festival schedule for screenings (we’re part of Program A on the second weekend). I’ll also be milling around all week writing dispatches for Highline Magazine, so come say hi if you see me!

The new official trailer for the film is below. For more information, check out this article by Lynn Martel in the Rocky Mountain Outlook: Local film to open Nov. 3 BMFF screenings

Mountains in Motion: The Canadian Rockies | Official Trailer from The Upthink Lab on Vimeo.

Interview with Where.ca

Where.ca recently contacted me about participating in their Travel Tuesday Q&A. I promptly agreed. A chance to talk about my favourite place on the planet (The Canadian Rockies)? You bet I will!

They asked me lots of questions about my favourite spots in the Canadian Rockies, my life as a writer, and my own travel habits. My favourite question: Are there any common misconceptions about the Rockies region that you’d like to dispel? You’ll have to read the article to find out!

Highline Magazine: In Print and Online!

The New HighlineOnline.ca!

I’m pretty stoked to announce that the Summer 2011 issue of Highline Magazine has now hit the stands! I joined the team at Highline as the new Editor back in the Spring, and have been thoroughly enjoying my even deeper immersion into mountain culture of the Canadian Rockies (you can always go deeper!) You can pick up a copy of the latest issue at a variety of locations in Banff, Canmore and Calgary or read our digital edition on issuu.com!

This latest issue features two articles I wrote: a feature, Growing Up Green at the Plain of Six Glaciers (pages 8-10), and short update about a recent book launch, Famous Canadian Rockies Guide Turns 40 (page 29.)

As well, we recently launched a brand new website at highlineonline.ca, which is set to be the new hub for all things Canadian Rockies. The new site features blog posts written by writers in Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Edmonton and the Calgary area, as well as links to local conditions (trail, climbing, road, animal sightings), a business listing, photos, and more! I’ve been editing all of the blog posts and writing a few myself, which has been a wonderful experience. I feel so privileged to be working with such a talented team.

Enjoy and all feedback is welcome!

-Meghan