Private Project

Gouache, I Love The Scotchmans

Gain a glimpse into the effort and experience behind extreme Plein Air painting in the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, an annual trip where art meets advocacy.

Spanning the Idaho/Montana border, the Scotchmans are one of the last, and largest, wild areas in our region. The Friends of Scotchman Peaks conduct education, outreach and stewardship activities to preserve the rugged, scenic and biologically diverse 88,000 acre Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area. We believe the Scotchman Peaks deserve congressional designation as Wilderness for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.

  • Joseph Foster
  • Joseph Foster
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
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Director Biography - Joseph Foster

Multi-talented international documentarian (cinematographer, director, and writer), Foster operates Dapp Studios telling the stories of communities, brands, non-profits and artists around the world for over a decade.

Joe was a 2019 LinkedIn Compassion Award Winner for his work with over 20 non-profit film pieces. Storytelling is a craft that spans many mediums and has the capacity to link all places and life. From producing a film centered on the Me Too movement in western rural Uganda, to working with Academy Award winning directors in documentary, as well adventure stories, Joe has a history of contributing a unique creative lens.

Influences from his engineering background are evident in Joe’s lean and creative approach to telling these stories. However, he is best known for his ability to connect with people and his endurance to 'will a vision' into reality – which is often how films come together.

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Director Statement

My international and wilderness directing and cinematography experience allow me to delve into environments like 'the Scotchmans' with other artists and a minimal kit to tell unique stories in remote locations.

My love for filmmaking began with a story about the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, an 88,000 acre proposed wilderness area that spans Idaho and Montana in which plein air painters have been using their art for advocacy for years through the coordination of grassroots non-profit Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. Years later, I returned to hike with Aaron once more.