Wildland
Oct 29, 10pm

Wildland

  • BY Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski | IN Labor
    Premiered October 29, 2018

About the Film

“Fighting fire is just long hours of hard, boring work punctuated by moments of sheer terror."

Filmed during two recent wildfire seasons, Wildland is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams, and demons. This is the story of ordinary people with nothing left to lose — as they trudge through an unforgiving a test of mind, body and spirit. MORE

The filmmakers themselves went through firefighting training with those featured in the film, in Grants Pass, Oregon, a sleepy mountain town. Each member of this motley crew has come to this dangerous and unglamorous work for personal reasons — for some, it’s a need to test themselves, a desire for adventure and purpose; for others, it may be the job of last resort after time in prison or a lifetime of addiction.  

It is the ultimate demonstration that the most extraordinary will can be found in ordinary people.


The Filmmakers

Alex Jablonski produced and edited Low & Clear, which premiered at SXSW where it won the Audience Award. Previously, he created the documentary project Sparrow Songs, in which he made one short documentary every month for one year. The project developed a worldwide following, and he was named to Filmmaker Magazine’s list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. The series was spotlighted at Sundance and screened at SXSW and IDFA. In 2018, Jablonski was named a Sundance Institute/Discovery Impact Fellow.

Kahlil Hudson is a Native Tlingit Alaskan and currently a professor of film at Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts. His first feature documentary, Low & Clear, premiered at SXSW and went on to screen at numerous festivals including True/False, HotDocs, and IDFA. Together, Jablonski and Hudson run Finback, a branded content company with a client list that includes Patagonia, Filson, RAM Trucks, Chevy Trucks, Yeti Coolers, and the US Army. LESS

Film Credits

Directed by
Alex Jablonski and Kahlil Hudson

Produced by
Alex Jablonski
Kahlil Hudson

Executive Producers
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen

Consulting Producer
Noland Walker

Associate Producers
Ryan Heffernan
Grayson Schaffer

Cinematography by
Kahlil Hudson
Alex Jablonski
Ryan Heffernan
Grayson Schaffer

Edited by
Katrina Taylor
David Nordstrom
Alex Jablonski

Featuring (in order of Appearance)
Charles Abbott
Aidan Ostrowski
Ed Floate
Sean Hendrix
John Banner
Tim Brewer
Ricardo Rodriguez
Scott Hagar
Scott McIntyre
Trevor Porter
Brian Pingree
Evan Thornton
Zach Sparks
Edgar Houghtby
Chris Watson

Original Music by
Tyler Strickland

Original Score
Written and produced by Tyler Strickland
Performed by Orchid Quartet

Violin
Molly Rogers

Violin
Desiree Hazley

Viola
Kiara Ana Perico

Cello
Leah Metzler

Quartet Recording Engineer
Keith Munson

Piano Recording Engineer
Paul Tavanner

Assistant Engineer
Graham Butler

Solo Violin
Tim Fain

Solo Flute
Gina Luciani

Upright Bass
Kyle McCammon

All Other Instruments
Tyler Strickland

Score Mixer
Casey Stone

Mixed at The Listening Room Studios in Brighton, England

Composer Assistant
DeAndre Allen-Toole

Supervising Sound Editor
Anthony Vanchure

Re-Recording Mixer
Tim Hoogenakker, CAS

Sound Editor
Dante Fazio

Assistant Sound Editor
Noah Dunbar

Studio Post Producer
Jennifer Bowman-Gallagher

Colorist
Gregory Reese

Color Assists
Logan Highlen
Zack Wilpon

Color Producer
Diane Valera

Legal Counsel
Donaldson + Calif

Special Thanks
Alex O’Flinn
Alexandria Bombach
Anna Jablonski
Arielle Kilker
Brian Newman
Christopher LaMarca
Colorado FireCamp
David Holbrooke
David Kennedy
Fiona Otway
Hannah Buck
Helen Kearns
Jake Bloch
Jeff Malmberg
Jesse Damazo
Justin Lerner
Kent Maxwell
Kyle Dickman
Margaret Brown
Mark Grieco
Mark Harrison
Matt Skenazy
Mike Wheelock
Tracy Rector
Mikiko Ellis
N’Jeri Eaton
Peter Kershaw
Shane Boris

Products Furnished by
Mystery Ranch
Yeti Coolers

Fiscal Sponsor
Independent Filmmaker Project

Funding Provided by
Catapult Film Fund
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
Telluride Mountainfilm

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

Wildland is a co-production of Wildland, LLC and Independent Television Service, Inc. (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

This program was produced by Wildland, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2018 Wildland, LLC. All rights reserved.

If you had nothing left to lose, what would you be willing to go through to find more meaning in your life? Have you ever worked a job as risky as firefighting, or considered it? How much can your mind, body, and spirit bear in the face of nature’s most extraordinary force?
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If you had nothing left to lose, what would you be willing to go through to find more meaning in your life? Have you ever worked a job as risky as firefighting, or considered it? How much can your mind, body, and spirit bear in the face of nature’s most extraordinary force?