USA, 5 minutes, 2012
Directed by Samuel Bricker
Matinee 2: Afternoon of Adrenaline
Monday February 11th, 3:00pm
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Ernest Wilkerson is struggling to hold onto an independent lifestyle while facing a changing world and his own advancing age. Born in 1924, this humble mountain man cherishes his active life: “I cannot picture myself just sittin’ around doing nothin’.” A local legend in Monte Vista, Colorado, Wilkerson learned to fend for himself at a young age, becoming a government-hired wildlife trapper, wildlife filmer, taxidermist, conservationist and teacher of backcountry survival skills. His specialty is snow caves, but he says, “Your best survival tool is your brain.”
Ernest Wilkerson is an accomplished author of multiple survival books and columns. He has shot over 20,000 feet of 16mm film in the backcountry much of his pet cougar Tabby who appeared in several Disney productions and television shows. Ernest has guided backcountry trips for people of all walks of life and has even been a personal guide for John Denver.
Director, Samuel Bricker
Growing up on the powder-covered faces of the Continental Divide in Southern Colorado, Sam has developed a knack for uncovering unique stories that are both beautiful and inspired. Along with his partners Nathan Ward and Carlin Walsh, Sam loves to find everyday heroes whose lives have grit and substance while warming the heart. Sam is co-owner of Grit & Thistle Film Company based in Salida, CO.