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At the headwaters of the Columbia River, Jumbo Creek cascades out of deep snowpack, past crumbling glacial ice, wildflowers, and grizzly tracks. The Jumbo Valley has long been revered for its beauty; and to the Ktunaxa Nation, it is known as Qat’muk, home of the grizzly bear spirit. Part of an important international wildlife corridor, the Jumbo Valley is one of only two areas in North America where grizzly bears can freely roam between Canada and the U.S.

But, for nearly 25 years, local people — First Nations, conservationists, backcountry skiers — have fought a large-scale ski resort in Jumbo. Developers face environmental assessments, political roadblocks, and local outcry.

Jumbo Wild highlights the tension between the protection of wilderness and ever-increasing development interests in wild places, while bringing to life the passionate fight to protect the Jumbo Valley. Set against a backdrop of incredible backcountry beauty, Jumbo Wild documents all sides of a divisive issue.

60 minutes
SDH Captioning for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing

Presented by Patagonia
A film by Sweetgrass Productions
Directed by Nick Waggoner
Produced by Laura Yale and Zac Ramras
Executive Producer: Josh Nielsen, Alex Lowther
Editor: Jordan Manley, Nick Waggoner, Nicolas Teichrob
Principle Cinematography: Nick Waggoner, Jason Mannings, Darcy Turenne, Nicolas Teichrob


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"A thoughtful and provocative film."
Zoe Loftus-Farren,
Earth Island Journal