Tonight, the Majestic Bay Theater in Ballard will host the Seattle premiere of a documentary about the Colorado Trail record.
“Free Outside – Breaking the Colorado Trail Record” is about Jeff Garmire’s attempt to break the unsupported record for the Colorado Trail. That means he had to carry all food and gear for the entire 490 miles and complete the trail faster than anyone ever had before, traveling 50 miles daily from Durango to Denver.
According to the filmmakers, the idea to film the record attempt was born out of a failed TV show, which led Garmire and film director Dylan Harris to create a film instead.
They hired some of the crew they worked with on the previous show and, in only two weeks, had a strategy to capture something that had never been captured before. Jason Fitzpatrick, the amazing director of “Mile Mile and a Half” came aboard to turn the epic footage into a spectacular showcase of what goes into an unsupported adventure. The grassroots and team effort brought about a studio-quality film through persistence, passion, and grit.
No film crew had ever captured an unsupported record before, and it was done without having any contact with Jeff throughout the duration. Two stories of one record make “Free Outside” one of the most unique films ever made.
The film is playing at Majestic Bay at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Tickets are available online for $15.