Wow, thanks for the kind words y'all about my other film, WildWater, and thanks a ton for the support for LEsser - so's y'all know, I'm making this film with Skip Armstrong and Bryan Smith - the 2 best kayaking and kayaking inspired filmmakers out there. Bryan is a well known NatGeo filmmaker and Skip has a serious film background as well. So we got a kick ass team, unlike WildWater which was mostly just my broke ass with a big camera and a dream.
We're doing this thing for love, not money, but the main barrier is helicopter time - we are lucky enough to work as commercial cinematographers, so we have high-end equipment we can use free, but we aint got a chopper! And shooting the Stikine - which might be the greatest place on earth not yet filmed well - can only really be done (with big cameras) with choppers moving us around. This will be by far the most significant whitewater film production in the last 10+ years or more, and we're really fired up about it.
Last week we made a huge step forward and got a strong investor on board, and if we can hit this goal on Kickstarter and nail down sponsors, we are in good shape. Either way, we're gonna make the thing, its just a question at this point of HOW. In a few months, we're headed up there for 4-6 weeks with a shit-ton of gear and a strong crew. So we are stoked to see y'all supporting it. We'll be keeping the community posted from the road on our progress on Lesser. A life less ordinary. A film about a quiet hero, in a deafening place of incomprehensible power. From Bryan Smith, Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong.
I've spent some time now with Rob Lesser, an incredible honor and experience so far - we can't wait for the opportunity to finally do something I think this community needs more of - honoring our elders, and our roots.