Full Draw Film Tour, Boise ID -- Our Experience
Written by Anthony Spencer
Full Draw Film Tour, 2014 Boise Show
After Mark Brian and I attended the Full Draw Film School in April, we knew we would attend one of the Full Draw Film Tour events. It was just a question as to which one of the 42 locations we would travel to. Would I travel to Portland and save Mark and Brian a 6 hour drive to Boise or would they be heading east again? After finding out the Boise show was happening the same weekend and in conjunction with the NW Mt. Challenge at the Tamarack Ski Resort in Idaho, it was a done deal—road trip for Mark and Brian!!
The guys showed up late Wednesday night (or early Thursday morning) and crashed at my place. I went to work early that morning while they spent the rest of the day watching the U.S. Soccer Team play Portugal in the world cup. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching my kids play soccer, but Marks Scottish-born obsession with the sport is mind boggling. We had planned on going into Boise early and helping the FDFT boys set up. That didn’t happen. I got tied up at work and as usual Mark and Brian run late for everything they do. End result? We got there just a little before showtime.
The event was held at the Egyptian theater in downtown boise. There was great energy there right from the get-go. It was great to see the FDFT guys, Kody Kellom, Walt Ramage, and Grady Rawls. We also got to meet their partner John Walusiak as well as running into Morgan and Joe Sanchez; both fellow students from the FDFS. Also in attendance were Extreme Elk and Elk 101 owners Cory Jacobsen and Dirk Dunham and the guys from Pure Elevation and many other filmmakers who have films in the tour.
Everyone was excited to be there. You could tell all the attendees were fellow bowhunting addicts in need of an off season fix. It was great to see how many brought their families as well. Our sport needs all of us to make an effort to get our younger generations involved in hunting and it appeared that Idahoans are doing just that.
After a brief introduction from Walt Ramage and John Walusiak, the show got started. We got to witness the telling of some compelling stories told through independent filmmakers’ eyes. Elk, whitetails, caribou, mule deer, more elk!! It was just what an offseason bowhunter needed. The hunting film industry is changing and it is for the better. No longer is it enough to just show us kill shot after kill shot and call it a hunting movie. We want the lens to tell us a story. We want to feel what camp was like. Feel the struggles, the failures, the success. These indie films did that, each in their own way.
We left there with some great ideas for future hunts and films. We already had a goal of being included in next years FDFT and that fire was just fueled by what we saw.