Private Project

Wapiti Off-Road Association

Wapiti Off-Road Association was formed in the Grande Prairie, Alberta area to bring ice racing back to the community, only to find themselves racing to become an advocacy board to protect and maintain the local trail system.

  • Darryl Haugen
  • Patrick Nilsson
  • Tyler Wold
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    21 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 25, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
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Director Biography - Darryl Haugen

Darryl (She/Her/Hers) is an emerging filmmaker who continuously strives to improve her skills and storytelling abilities. Writing and creating content that engages a vast audience is her fundamental dream and goal . Previously, she has had opportunities to work on nine short films in a variety of positions bringing her more skills in the film industry. The Reel Shorts Film Festival started the path of networking and absorbing the knowledge of filmmakers, where, she spent her time as a director on the board and as a volunteer for the programming team. She works as a Veterinary Technologist full-time and has been spending her spare time filming content about her local community to bring awareness to groups that are essential to her City.

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Director Statement

I first noticed the Wapiti Off Road Association when they were at a local Sports show during the Spring of 2018. My husband and I ride dirt bikes and were always looking for new places to ride. I started to notice that this group began advocating for the land around the City of Grande Prairie after the Government of Alberta started to implement change. The Wapiti Off-Road Association soon took over the annual clean-up and began taking care of our local trail systems. They gained my interest as an Association and I wanted to know more. I started following them through the newspapers and social media. I knew I had to tell their story one day but was not sure when it could come to fruition. The year 2022 gave us an opportunity to tell the story of a community group making changes.