Synopsis: After losing his leg to cancer as a young adult, Jon Wilson struggled with the emotions of feeling broken. Challenging himself in the outdoors presented a possible remedy. Today, crutching up and skiing down mountains at night provides a distinct backdrop for Jon to explore, accept, and embrace the idea of “brokenness,” allowing him to find a more sincere, genuine and honest connection with life.
This film was inspired by a Q+A session at a film festival in 2017. At the end of answering questions about the film “Ascend,” the MC asked Jon (feature subject who lost his leg to cancer) if he had any additional thoughts to share with the audience. After a short pause, Jon spoke briefly about the idea that people “can’t be afraid to feel broken.” Afterwards, numerous people came up to Jon, many with tears in their eyes, and thanked him, saying how important it was for them to hear that specific message. It planted a seed and two years later filmmaker Simon Perkins and Jon collaborated on a project speaking to this powerful concept.
Simon Perkins’ interest in film started during his days as a fly-fishing guide in Montana. He carried his camera around with him and grew intrigued with trying to capture the essence of particular moments in the natural world that were out of his control. He became fascinated with story-telling on the screen and how certain practices could convey the rush and emotions of these natural, untamed moments. Simon currently lives in Vermont, where he works for Orvis, supporting the teams focused on brand content, marketing, conservation, and product. He spends the majority of his time outside of the office with camera in hand, often following his wife, four-year-old daughter, one-year-old son, and four dogs on various adventures through the woods. He is grateful to the Felt Soul Media’s and Rockhouse Motion’s of the film world who keep him constantly captivated, inspired, and in awe.