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Understory - A Journey Into The Tongass (2021)

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Understory takes us deep into Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest remaining temperate rainforest on the planet. Three women set sail on a 350 mile expedition through the Tongass to explore how clear-cut logging in this coastal rainforest could affect wildlife, local communities, and our planet’s climate.

About the Director:

Colin’s cinematic storytelling as a non-fiction director focuses on outdoor culture, backcountry recreation, ecology, conservation, wild foods, and rural communities. His impact filmmaking synthesizes complex topics into compelling human stories that breathe with visceral experience. Colin’s work as a director has been acclaimed by Outside Magazine, nominated for Vimeo’s coveted “Best of the Year” Award, and can be found touring internationally with numerous festivals, including Telluride Mountain Film, Banff, Wild & Scenic and 5 Point. Colin is the founder of Wild Confluence, a production company whose clients include REI, NBC, CBC, Columbia Sportswear, Yeti, Audubon and the Wilderness Society. Colin’s roots are in Vermont, but these days you’re most likely to find him in Alaska.

  • Runtime
    39 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    Central Oregon Premiere (South of Portland and east of the Cascades)
  • Director
    Colin Arisman