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Eddie Bauer has announced the winners of its One Outside Film Grant, a program launched earlier this year to support the work of BIPOC filmmakers.
After a judging process by a panel of experts, who reviewed the work of hundreds of applicants, eight winners received $10,000 each to produce film projects that champion diversity in the outdoors. Throughout the rest of the month, Eddie Bauer will be promoting the films that came out of the program on its Instagram page.
“Our committee of community leaders, outdoor guides and athletes, advocates, and storytellers had the incredibly difficult task of awarding the One Outside Film Grant with such an incredible response of applications,” Eddie Bauer said of the judging process. “We recognize we have a responsibility to be stewards of diversity, equality, and inclusion in the outdoors. That’s why our application included a question that asked, ‘How can Eddie Bauer advocate for more inclusive voices?’ All responses will be shared directly with our leadership team and they will formulate a plan to put the feedback we receive into action.”
Added the company, “All participation in the One Outside Film Grant has made an impact, and we encourage everyone to continue telling important stories.”
All the winners’ videos and bios are available on the grant program’s website. The premier schedule for the winning films is as follows.
10/12: “Wiwinu (Huckleberries)” by Brutis Baez shares the story of Wiwinu and the traditional August feast which is meant to honor it.
10/14: “Dream Carries” by Esmeralda Hernandez reflects on the past generations of women in her family as she describes the migration of monarch butterflies.
10/19: “As We Have Always Done” by Kiki Ong aims to disrupt prevailing ideas of what it means to be a cyclist and look like one in cycling media.
10/21″ The Brave Space Project’s “Expedition Reclamation” seeks to redefine “outdoorsy” and reclaim belonging in the outdoors for the BIPOC community.
10/27: “Fanm Nan Mòn” by Love Soulèy follows the journey of a woman experiencing the gifts of various Haitian women archetypes while reflecting on what it means to be connected to the universal spirit of Haitian feminine energy and the sacred essence of the land.
10/28: “Outside After Work” by Travis Wood sets out to present the accessibility of the outdoors even as an after-work activity.
11/2: “Coach Emily” by Pallavi Somusetty follows rock climbing coach Emily Taylor as she strives to empower her young students through her Brown Girls Climbing program and connect them to the outdoors.
11/4: “Nirvana” by Olivia Wong focuses on Naomi—a strong woman of color who leads a revolution of change for equality and accessibility for everyone.