Private Project

Everything It Takes

Shortly before Mary Helwig signed up to fulfill her dream of running the 2016 Iditarod, a 1,000-mile long sled dog race across Alaska, she lost her home and her dogs' houses, plus almost all her racing gear and possessions to the Sockeye Fire. Everything It Takes documents the year of Mary's life leading up to race day as she and her dogs struggle to ready themselves for the challenge of a lifetime.

  • Jennifer Hawks
  • Jennifer Hawks
  • Jennifer Hawks
  • Mary Helwig
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Hawks
    Director of Photography
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  • Runtime:
    59 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Equinox Women's Film Festival
    United States
    March 10, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Best Overall Film
Director Biography - Jennifer Hawks

I studied film theory and history at the University of California at Santa Barbara while pursuing my B.A. in literature. As a lifelong storyteller, my tools have always been photographs and the written word. Everything It Takes is my first full-length feature film.

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Director Statement

Today’s digital cinematography world is very different than it was even a few years ago. It’s now a perfect storm of high tech and low prices. One of my goals for Everything It Takes was to create an incredibly visual story packed with emotional highs and lows but without a Hollywood budget, or a Hollywood-sized production crew.

I produced Everything It Takes with a crew of one (me) and a budget of less than $5,000. I truly believe that everyone has a story to tell, and if you’re so inclined, making a film is easier than ever. Will it look like a Hollywood blockbuster? Probably not. But a good story needs to be shared. No excuses.