Instruments of Adventure
Five friends traverse a large swath of southern Alaska by sea kayak, fat-bike, and packraft. Through interviews and footage, shot underway, the adventurers share their experiences and reflections about their journey.
Traversing wild landscapes by human-power isn’t a quest to achieve enlightenment. You might, but that’s not the point. Counteracting a cresting wave with a high brace, wheelie dropping into a ravine, or exacting surgical execution of a discovered line through beach boulders all will cause you to lose yourself in single-minded focus and flow.
The instruments of adventure are meant to be played - ideally, with like-minded friends in primordial hinterlands.
An Arctic cycling odyssey.
Hunting for Monsters
Lake Iliamna, Alaska's largest lake, is home to many native communities, the worlds’ largest sockeye salmon run, potential site of the controversial Pebble Mine, and the elusive Lake Monster - Illie. On a hot mid-July morning, Bjørn and Brent were deposited to the far shore of Cook Inlet in a landing craft cargo ship and began their human-powered journey through Iliamna country to Bristol Bay; hoping to catch a glimpse of the illusive creature and slice of Alaska where monsters can still roam free.
How to Talk To A Climate Change Denier
Icy Bay Mega-Tsunami - Trailer
Heart of Alaska - Trailer
re-Evolution - short
Mjölnir of Bjørn Demo Reel
Mjölnir Photography Slideshow
Qajaq - Teaser
Alaska - Still Fighting
In 1989, over 11 million gallons of North Slope crude oil spilled out of a single hull tanker into Prince William Sound. The oil soon left protected waters and was carried by the current, along the gulf coast of Alaska. 25 years later, evidence of degradation is still present and the sound has never fully recovered.
This was the biggest oil spill in US history, until 2010 when Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico, ran away with the prize.
As citizens, we feel impotent rage in the face of such astounding disasters and are without a compass to direct our energies.
Mavis Muller knows ‘true north’ and doesn’t require a weatherman to tell her which way the foul wind blows. Through bold, honest and striking art, Mavis reaches audiences and leaves them empowered to confront those who violate Mother Earth.
These banners were created in reaction to Exxon Valdez but have since traveled the world - to other communities affected by oil spills and to galleries - to inform and remind the public about the responsibilities we have to protect the commons.
The banners were re-hung in Homer Alaska, 25 years after the Exxon tragedy - on Earth Day.
Hunting for Monsters (trailer)
Lake Iliamna, Alaska's largest lake, is home to many native communities, the worlds largest sockeye salmon run, potential site of the controversial Pebble Mine and the elusive Lake Monster, Illie. On a hot mid-July Bjørn and Brent were deposited to the far shore of Cook Inlet in a landing craft cargo ship and began their human powered journey through Iliamna country to Bristol Bay, hoping to catch a glimpse of the illusive creature and slice of Alaska where monsters can still roam free.
Read article here: http://bicycletimesmag.com/the-only-way-out-is-onward/
Where the Heck is Donlin?
For most Documentarians, a camera, mic, and tripod are the most important equipment. This Alaskan couple first requires fatbikes, packrafts, and warm sleeping bags to make their film, as they travel hundreds of miles over the rugged terrain of the Alaskan wilderness. Through mosquito tsunamis and sub-zero temperatures, Bjorn and Kim discover firsthand just how enormous the influences of open-pit gold mining in the roadless wilderness could be.
Life in the 'Bush' is hard by many standards. A subsistence fisherman realizes that the salmon run will not be enough to support his family. An Iditarod dog musher takes a wrong turn and winds up 50 miles off track in the middle of the night. Meanwhile, a multi-national mining conglomerate seeks feasible profits in a place that is hundreds of miles from existing infrastructure.
'Where the Heck is Donlin?' Most Alaskans have never even heard of the Donlin Gold Mine, despite the fact that this proposal would dwarf every gold mine in the state's history. Information on this project is scarce, and failed to answer many of Bjorn and Kim's critical questions. So they took their inquiry to the trail, to meet people see the land, and learn about the social, economic, and environmental impacts of large-scale mineral development in this rural region.
It turns out that Donlin is possibly just around the bend, but what exactly this spells for the fate of the Kuskokwim region, and Alaska at large, is still very vague. The purpose of this film is to ignite conversation, raise awareness, and promote critical thinking as decisions are being made now that will affect future generations for centuries and perhaps millennia to come.
If you would like to know more and or would like to become involved with the Donlin Gold EIS process, visit here:donlingoldeis.com/ or join the Donlin Gold Working group: sites.google.com/site/donlincreekworkinggroup/
Black Artery of Alaska (bike tour)
The Black Artery of Alaska, bike tour. August 2012. Bjørn Olson and Bernhard Brunner rode bicycles from Deadhorse to Valdez Alaska. This route runs, roughly, parallel to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, which transports north slope crude oil from the the arctic oil fields to Valdez.
Homer Surf Paddling
Short video of surf paddling in Homer Alaska.
HB77 - The Silencing Alaskans Act
We Alaskans depend on our clean water and the salmon it sustains. Gov. Parnell and the Department of Natural Resources are trying to silence alaskans and curtail our decision making powers around how our resources are used. The Silencing Alaskans Act, House Bill 77, aims to cut Alaskans out of resource decisions by eliminating public comment periods, concentrating power in state government, and stripping away our right to keep water in streams.
Please sign the petition: alaskacoal.org/petition/