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Motivation to keep active into retirement!
The Farmer spends his winters harvesting one of the most precious crops on earth: Powder. A local legend in the Wasatch Mountains, this film explores how his passion for efficiency and sustainability were utilized to maximize a lifetime of skiing.
UPDATE: In the months following the release of this film David Van Dame AKA 'The Farmer' was diagnosed with bladder cancer. After a difficult fight with the illness, he sadly passed away Oct 17 2021. This has been a heartbreaking loss, however his community, friends, family and loved ones find solace in the knowledge that Dave lived his life to the fullest, placing his priority on the things that matter most in life. Dave was very happy about the opportunity to share his story and perspectives on skiing, efficiency, and conservation in this film, and through his struggle with cancer felt uplifted knowing that these messages could connect with people around the world for years to come.
This film was captured via a small 1-3 person crew and also includes a substantial amount of human powered skiing. Additionally, our hope with the project has been to share the philosophies of our protagonist Farmer Dave, who practiced and believed in the principles of simplicity and efficiency as the keystones towards sustainable, happy living, and also for the greater wellbeing of everyone out there in this world.