Amiskwi doc shares leap-of-faith’ philosophy
Thursday, Mar 08, 2018 06:00 am
A gamble taken by Izzy Lynch’s parents in 1993 shaped the lives of the future professional skier and her three siblings from being average city-dwellers to backcountry entrepreneurs.
Twenty-five years after the dice were thrown, and on the strength of a $40,000 grant from Storyhive, Lynch’s idea behind the “leap of faith” is taking form in an immersive documentary.
Amiskwi, named after Amiskwi Lodge near Golden, B.C., is in mid-production of a 10-minute digital film and a three- to five-minute, immersive 360-degree short video as part of a new Immersive Edition.
Two sisters – Izzy, a professional skier, and Zoya, a professional photographer – try their hand at an “artistic leap of faith” and, with skies on their feet, the pair, along with camera operator Andrea Wing, journey into the Freshfield Icefield’s backcountry terrain near Golden.
“The documentary showcases back when our parents got involved with Amiskwi Lodge and had no backcountry lodge experience and they took this opportunity and made a spontaneous decision to jump in,” said Izzy.
When Lynch was a child and living in Calgary, her parents took a big risk on the investment, especially with four young children.
The gamble paid off over two decades later and the lodge is still owned by the Lynches and three families from the Bow Valley.
Now it’s the sisters’ turn to tell the story of betting on yourself to a broader audience.
Amiskwi was one of 13 winners chosen out of 165 entries from Alberta and B.C. by Telus’ Storyhive, which has funded productions, supported filmmakers with mentorship and support from the National Screen Institute since 2013.
The Lynch sisters threw in an entry on a whim and only found out they had received the $40,000 grant a few weeks ago.
With it, they will create two pieces of content: a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) film and a linear digital short. The final projects will be available in fall 2018 on TELUS Optik TV On Demand and on www.storyhive.com.
For the VR film, a specialized video camera which can shoot 360 degrees around the subject will be used.
The majority of filming for the VR version will be done in the mountainous Freshfield Icefield, near the lodge, area starting in April.
“Basically, our VR film will be between three to five minutes long … we’re targeting an audience that doesn’t get to visit often, or ever to these locations,” said Izzy. “It allows for a more interactive experience.”
Both sisters moved to Revelstoke, B.C. about 10 years ago and have spent that time gaining invaluable mountain experience.
Among the cast interviewed and on screen will be Pat Lynch, the sisters’ father, Sarah German, their mother, Dennis, their brother, and Knox, Izzy’s infant son.
“We got to take (Knox) on his first ski run, strapped to my back, on the small slopes around the lodge,” said Izzy.
“Amiskwi is close to our hearts and a place we’d like to share its inspiration for getting us going in our respective career paths.”