Merrell Presents “This Land” by Whit Hassett and Chelsea Jolly

March 2, 2020

The short film features Faith E. Briggs as she runs 150 miles through threatened U.S. National Monuments.

ROCKFORD, Mich. (Mar. 2, 2020) — “This Land” features runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs who used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now, she’s running 150 miles through three U.S. National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands. Accompanied by running companions who represent diverse perspectives in what it means to be a public land owner, she assesses what is at stake if previously protected lands are reduced and if the public is largely unaware.

“This Land” is a story about land access told through a journey of inclusion and empowerment. Faith is known within the outdoor and community for inspiring others to spend more time outside and redefine what outdoor means through a lens of equity and inclusion.

“I want everyone to be able to see someone who looks like them outside doing something they love and I want them to be inspired to do the same thing.” – Faith E. Briggs

This film was created by an all-female film team including two first-time directors.


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 Film Credits:

  • Brand: Merrell, Peak Design
  • Directors: Whit Hassett and Chelsea Jolly
  • Producer: Faith E. Briggs
  • Director of Photography: Whit Hassett and Chelsea Jolly
  • Production Company: Mellifera Cine
  • Editors: Olivia Abtahi and Ryan Miyamoto
  • Sound Design: Cascadian Sounds

Film Festivals (past and future showings):

  • 5 Point Film Festival
  • American Documentary and Animation Film Festival
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival
  • BZN International Film Festival
  • The Environmental Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF)
  • No Man’s Land Film Festival
  • The Siskiyou Film Fest
  • Vancouver International Mountain Film Fest
  • Wild & Scenic Film Fest

For additional information or a downloadable file of the film, please reach out to the producer, Faith E. Briggs and the Merrell press contact below.


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