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10 Miles Out

Director: Preston Maag
Country of Origin: United States

10 Miles Out, is an immersive journey into the captivating world of backpacking. This uplifting documentary is based on a belief that a deeper understanding of and connection to the natural world creates a mindset which enriches all lives. The film follows the inspiring adventures of backpackers of various skill and experience levels – from beginners to die-hard backpacking aficionados – as they navigate through the Los Padres National Forest, which spans from Ventura to Monterey Counties. Bonded by a love of nature, these backpackers evidence that the experiences along the journey can be more rewarding than finally reaching the destination. Our film presents a thoughtful look into the Los Padres National Forest’s accessible grandeur and strives to inspire its viewers to escape the chaotic cacophony of our technologically-driven society by simply spending some time enveloped by nature.

Director Statement:

Growing up, one of my favorite hobbies was going camping. Many weekends were spent huddled around a campfire sharing stories and eating good food with family and friends. As I got older, these weekends began getting replaced as schedules filled with separate interests. It was not until earlier this year when I discovered the world of backpacking. My friend took me on a brief overnight trip into the Los Padres National Forest and I was immediately hooked. Coming from a camping background wherein my supplies came from the bed of my car, Backpacking kept all the gear on my back. As an avid hiker, this gave me the option of hiking to beautiful places and rather than hiking back, being able to setup camp where nobody else was. After my first trip, I felt inclined to share my experience with people in the form of a film. “10 Miles Out” is an experiential documentary meant to provide general knowledge on backpacking as well as inspire people to get outside and enjoy what is available to them on a daily basis.

Preston Maag Preston Maag Photo 7 IMG_20190526_082540 Producers: Nicholas Schoch and Vladen Ponomar
Editor: Emma Bridgland
Writers: Preston Maag, Kira Finigan, and Izzy Cassio
Sound Design: Oswaldo Calvo and Adam Cox
Director of Photography: Preston Maag