I’ve long been fed up with the predictable storylines, unrealistic harvests, and staged action shots of hunting shows and videos. But in the past few years there have been some television shows, online series, and short films that raised the standard of portraying the beauty, mystery, and intensity of hunting. One of the latest, and greatest, of such works is The Trembling Giant.
“The Trembling Giant is a feature-length, documentary film inspired by the beauties of elk camp, the passion for hunting in the rugged Rocky Mountains and the unique connection between man, animal and nature.”
The Trembling Giant is a visually stunning film, which captures the wild essence of Western big game hunting and the majesty elk. But more than that, The Trembling Giant is an intimate glimpse inside the heart and soul of hunters, and the common thread is woven deep inside the young and old, man and woman – all who are awake to the call of adventure in nature.
The majority of The Trembling Giant was shot by a nimble three-man crew that spent more than a month in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains. They followed three hunting groups— a team of athletes, a team of old timers and a father and daughter duo—each trying to call in a mature bull. The film crew climbed and descended thousands of feet in elevation each day to capture a variety of footage while not hindering the success of any hunt and respecting the pristine wilderness and wildlife.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film for many reasons – the least of which might have been the documented “success” of the hunt. What spoke to me more than anything was the beauty of the land, the majesty of the animals, the common bond between hunters of all types, the fortune that we have to roam wild places, and the raw emotion of hunters that come to find elk, but end up finding something more important – themselves.
“You don’t have to be successful to have a good time hunting. And if you have to be, you’re not a good hunter.”
The Trembling Giant was made possible by Danner Boots, in association with GORE-TEX products, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), and other sponsors. Enter to win a guided elk hunt of your own, as well as a premium gear package, be signing up on Danner’s Facebook page.
The invitation-only world premiere of the film will take place at RMEF headquarters in Missoula, Mont. on August 3, 2013. The Trembling Giant public screening tour, hosted by select Danner retail partners, will then travel across several Western states. Sign up for updates to learn more about viewing options that will become available after the screening tour.
August 10 – Bozeman, Mont. – 6:00 p.m.
The Emerson Theater – Hosted by Schnee’s
August 15 – Portland, Ore. – 7:00 p.m.
Bagdad Theater – Hosted by the Danner Factory Store
August 19 – Twin Falls, Idaho – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
College of Southern Idaho – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 21 – Cheyenne, Wyo. – 6:00 p.m.
Atlas Theatre – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 23 – Colorado Springs, Colo. – 6:00 p.m.
Historic City Auditorium – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 24 – Grand Junction, Colo. – 6:00 p.m.
Mesa University Ballroom – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 25 – Farmington, N.M. – 6:00 p.m.
The Totah Theater – Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
August 27– Orem, Utah – 6:00 p.m.
SCERA Center for the Arts– Hosted by Sportsman’s Warehouse
September 6– Sandpoint, Idaho – 6:00 p.m.
The Panida Theater – Hosted by Big R