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The Flip is the Winner of the 2019 National Geographic ‘Wild To Inspire’ Short Film Competition

What drives us to step beyond the bounds of what we know even when the stakes are high, possibly fatal?

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BASE jumping from a bridge in Mexico. The gripping story connects with a more universal human experience when Remi’s motivations become clear and he must confront his fears. On the other side of his fears Remi discovers life in its purist form.

On the other side of his fears Remi discovers life in its purist form”

Every year the National Geographic’s short film contest, ‘Wild To Inspire’, seeks short films from filmmakers responding to a specific theme and challenge. The 2019 contest focused on Everyday Explorers: those among us who inspire exploration with their curiosity and determination.

The film was made by filmmaker Reed Rickert and it has gone on to screen worldwide in festivals including Banff Mountain Film Festival and World Tour, Kendal Mountain Film Festival, San Jose International Short Film Festival, Boulder International Film Festival, Bendfilm Festival and more.

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Remi Angeli

About the protagonist: Remi Angeli was born in Avignon, France where he began his career by working his way up in the world of skydiving. For the past 9 years Remi has lived in Mexico and continues to travel the world working as a freefly coach and organizing skydiving events. He currently has over 12500 skydiving jumps. He is just beginning to explore the discipline of BASE jumping, registering only 30 jumps.

Reed Rickert

About the filmmaker: Reed Rickert is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has produced, directed, photographed and edited various documentaries, TV programs and commercials in USA, Mexico, France, Morocco and Spain. He is a two-time finalist of National Geographic Wild To Inspire Short Film Competition and the 2019 winner with his film The Flip. In 2009 Reed won the Latino Public Broadcasting Open Call Award to make the feature documentary, The Third Root. Reed was a division I soccer player at the University of Maryland where he began his studies in Anthropology before graduating from California College of the Arts with a BFA in Film / Video. As an avid rock climber and explorer, Reed is drawn to stories in adventure sports, music, and nature and cultural conservation.

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