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Breaking Comfort

This summer, three women hopped in their vans to travel around the Northwest with one goal in mind: to bring people together beyond social media through the arts and the outdoors.

Through 17 events that reached over 700 people, they accomplished their goal during a tour they dubbed “The Wander Women Collective.” Starting in Hood River, Oregon, the team made their way to Bend, the Oregon Coast, Portland, and Seattle. In each location, they organized several outdoor meetups paired with live music.

From the beginning, the main goal of the tour was to get people outside together—but it grew into so much more. Individuals welcomed The Wander Women Collective team into their lives, showing the crew their favorite surf spots, trail systems, and campsites. People traveled from one town to the next to attend various events. And in the end, everyone put their phones down, came together in person, and had another best day ever.

From this tour came a three part video series that focuses on the outdoors, the arts, and community. Part 1, Breaking Comfort, is a story about moving past our comfort zones to find happiness exactly where we are.

  • Iz La Motte
  • The Wander Women Collective
  • Backcountry
  • Iz La Motte
  • Leah Woods
    Additional Footage
  • Iz La Motte
  • Anna Tedesco
  • Gabe Rovick of F4D
  • Iz La Motte
  • Leah Woods
  • Daniel Caro
  • Caleb Rhum
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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  • Backcountry Headquarters Premiere
    Park City, Utah
    United States
    November 7, 2019
    North American Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Backcountry.com
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Iz La Motte

Isabelle La Motte is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and storyteller who was raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York and educated in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Her education in environmental studies at the University of Vermont allowed her to explore her passion for environmental and outdoor adventure documentary filmmaking. Some of her most recent film work includes a National Geographic funded exploration of Lake Powell and the Colorado River where her team documented western water issues and drought in today’s climate. She is now based out of Salt Lake City where she works as a photographer and videographer for Alta Ski Area while also freelancing for a variety of clients.

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Director Statement

Working on this project was a joy. The idea for The Wander Women Collective tour was born on a chairlift ride at Alta Ski Area last March. From there the concept grew until our team was on the ground in Oregon. As the tour commenced we knew we wanted to come out of the project with a video series - details beyond that weren't laid out until the tour had come to a close & I sat with a hard drive full of raw video clips.

Our team decided to stick to our three pillars of the outdoors, the arts, and community and through that it became clear that those would be the themes of the videos. Part 1, Breaking Comfort, is an homage to women finding their place in the outdoor community and pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones.