SYNOPSIS

Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress.

Drawn by the allure of this enigmatic kingdom, four veteran athletes attempt an unprecedented human-powered, border-to-border crossing of Bhutan, hoping to experience Bhutan's policy of "GNH" first hand.

When the demands of the grueling 42-day, 485-mile journey push the team beyond their breaking point, they must confront the challenge inherent in walking what Buddhist's call the Middle Path - embracing the benefits of our fast-paced modern life while still honoring the ancient traditions and values that make Bhutan so unique.

A few highlights

  • Unique partnership with government providing unparalleled access, including an interview with Bhutan’s current Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay

  • Original music & narration from Grammy award-winning producer Imogen Heap [ 2 million+ Twitter followers] and cellist Zoe Keating

  • World Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Festival where the film sold out the 600+ person Lobero theater and received a standing ovation; buzz drove SBIFF to schedule two additional screenings & pick the film for it's “Best of the Festival” weekend

  • One of the top funded docs on Kickstarter raising almost 250% of goal and generating outstanding grassroots support from the campaign's nearly 1,000 supporters; led to editorials on Forbes & Discovery among others

  • Excellent buzz following release of Imogen’s original compositions & music videos for the film; features from Refinery 29 and VICE’s Noisey


TEAM

  • Ben Henretig - Director / Cinematographer / Editor

    For almost a decade, Ben Henretig has been a pioneer in transformational storytelling.  As one of the early innovators of authentic brand & non-profit impact communication, he has helped to launch an entirely new category of films known as "micro-documentaries", personally directing and filming hundreds of these short format films for diverse organizations including Stanford University, The Clinton Global Initiative, TED, & Bono’s Project (RED), to name a few.

  • Larkin Donley - Cinematographer

  • Peter Stoddard - Boom Operator / Sound Mixer / Photography

  • David Pond - Editor

  • Lisa Fruchtman - Supervising Editor

  • Rico Andrade - Assistant Editor

  • Andy Evans - Co-Executive Producer

  • Thomas Ermacora - Co-Executive Producer

  • Jameson Hsu - Co-Executive Producer

  • Andrea Chung - Producer

  • Amy Benziger - Production Executive

  • Bob Henretig - Associate Producer

  • Diane Donley - Associate Producer

  • Nicolette Borek Associate Producer

  • Corwin Crownover - Associate Producer

  • James H. Fitzgerald - Associate Producer

  • Ugen Tshering Nadik - Production Manager

  • Karma Dorji - Production Supervisor

  • Karen Everett - Story Consultant

  • Imogen Heap - Composing original music for the film

  • Zoe Keating - Composing original music for the film

Expedition Team:

Terri Schneider * David Kelly * Greg Thomas * Tony Lillios

Trekkers:

David Morrissey * Bronwyn Morrissey * Joe Gatto * Alan Kuhn * Candra Canning

Thomas Ermacora * Imogen Heap * John Briggs * Jim Restin * Clint Corver

We are completely humbled and touched by the support we've received

from over 900+ Kickstarter supporters to make this film a reality.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO:

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