Viewed by Larry Gleeson during 2016 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Crossing Bhutan, a new documentary by Director Ben Henretig, is the story of four veteran athletes who undertake a human-powered journey of 500 miles, walking and mountain-biking across the tiny Bhuddist nation in south Asia known as Bhutan. The trek was sponsored by the Bhutan National Olympic Committee. Henretig also co-wrote and operated a camera along with another cinematographer, Larkin Donley. The editing was handled by Henretig and Dave Pond while Peter Stoddard was responsible for location sound. The music was engineered by Imogene Heap and Joe Keating.
Interestingly enough, Bhutan measures its development by Gross National Happiness! Every two years, the Bhutanese government sends out a nine-category happiness survey asking questions about how connected do its citizens feel to their surroundings and to their community, what is their knowledge of indigenous plants and animals, and how often do they feel at ease.
The film opens with a very small archival black and white footage with a narrative voice over by Imogene Heap providing an historical discourse to the diminutive country. Quickly the film opens up with
Reviewed by Larry Gleeson. Viewed at the Santa Barbara Film Festival 2016.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Film Studies Program filled the Engels and Volkers Pavilion on Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. for Documentary Filmmakers. Documentary Filmmakers was the second topic in the *Free Admission Filmmakers Series following yesterday’s Conversation with Mark Osborne, Director of The Little Prince (SBIFF’s Opening Night Film). The Filmmakers Seminar will resume on Monday, February 8th with Social Justice Documentaries.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Programming Director, Michael Albright, a talented Santa Barbara City College Associate Film Studies Professor of Documentary Film, moderated a widely diverse, yet talented panel of documentary filmmakers this morning, February 5, 2016,